Morton Plant Mease and Clearwater Threshers Honor Breast Cancer Survivors at 9th Annual Pitch for Pink

June 09, 2014
CLEARWATER, Fla., (June 9, 2014) - Morton Plant Mease and the Clearwater Threshers are planning to knock it out of the ballpark for breast cancer awareness and give special recognition to breast cancer survivors during the 9th annual Pitch for Pink event. The community is invited to fill up the stands and support the event scheduled for July 11, 2014, at Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater.

Since the event’s inception in 2006, Pitch for Pink has raised nearly $200,000 to help support breast cancer programs and services at Morton Plant Mease. Amanda Koch, community relations manager for the Clearwater Threshers, lost her grandmother to breast cancer. With her and the team’s passion for the cause and Morton Plant Mease’s commitment to providing top quality breast health services in the community, it’s a team effort to honor Amanda’s grandmother and others who lost their lives to the disease, show support to breast cancer survivors, and raise more awareness about early detection during this annual event.

The Friday night event is filled with several activities including the Clearwater Threshers, Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, taking on the Palm Beach Cardinals, Class A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals; a breast cancer survivors’ lap around the baseball diamond; a silent auction; and a post-game Old-School Concert featuring Coolio (Gangsta’s Paradise) and Slick Rick (Children’s Story) performing fun and memorable songs.

The breast cancer survivors’ lap is a special part of the night. Players from both teams, along with the fans, cheer on survivors as they walk a lap around the bases before the game, recognizing their strength battling breast cancer.
Pink jerseys worn by the players and pink bats will be autographed and auctioned off in the silent auction along with several other donated items from local businesses and individuals. Attendees will also have an opportunity to win prizes with the Pink Balloons items.

The event schedule:
5:30 p.m. – Gates open (first 1,000 women through the gates receive a commemorative Pitch for Pink tote bag)
6 p.m. – Breast cancer survivors’ lap
6:30 p.m. – Clearwater Threshers vs. Palm Beach Cardinals
Post Game – Old School Concert: Coolio (Gangsta’s Paradise), Slick Rick (Children’s Story)

Tickets for the Pitch for Pink event are $5, $7 or $10 each and can be purchased at: or by calling (727) 467-4457.

About Morton Plant Mease
Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals –
Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.

About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 11 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need.

BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, South Florida Baptist, and Winter Haven. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at