MPM and Clearwater Threshers Host Pitch for Pink

June 23, 2016

Morton Plant Mease and Clearwater Threshers to Honor Breast Cancer Survivors at 11th Annual Pitch for Pink

CLEARWATER, Fla., (June 23, 2016)-- Join Morton Plant Mease and the Clearwater Threshers Friday, July 22 at Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater, for the 11th annual Pitch for Pink.

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a tribute to breast cancer survivors who are invited to come on the field and walk the bases. Players from both teams, along with fans, will cheer on the survivors to celebrate their courage and strength as they battle or have battled breast cancer.

The game, which starts at 6:30 p.m., features the Clearwater Threshers, Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, taking on the Fort Myers Miracle, the Class A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. To honor breast cancer survivors, Threshers players will wear special pink jerseys, which will be autographed and auctioned off in a silent auction along with autographed pink bats, gift certificates and spa packages. 

Since its inception in 2006, Pitch for Pink has raised more than $220,000 to help support breast cancer programs and services at Morton Plant Mease.  “We are grateful for the support of the Clearwater Threshers organization in helping us raise funds and awareness for services and programs that help patients (and their families) battling breast cancer in our community,” said Ernestine Morgan, president and CEO of the Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation.

 “I lost my grandmother to breast cancer so I am passionate about the Pitch for Pink event,” said Amanda Koch, community relations manager for the Clearwater Threshers. “Not only does this event honor all of those who are fighting or have fought this disease but it helps raise funds for breast cancer research, treatment and awareness.”

After the game, fans can stay for a free concert featuring Titans of Rock, a Journey/Bon Jovi tribute band.

The event schedule:
5:30 p.m. – Gates open (first 1,000 women through the gates receive a commemorative Pitch for Pink tumbler, courtesy of Banquet Masters)
6 p.m. – Breast cancer survivors’ lap
6:30 p.m. – Clearwater Threshers vs. Fort Myers Miracle
Postgame – Concert featuring Titans of Rock

Tickets for the Pitch for Pink event are $6, $8 and $10 each and can be purchased at: or by calling (727) 467-4457.  Group packages are available.

About Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation
Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation is committed to supporting the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease to improve the health and wellness of our community by inspiring people to invest in high-quality, compassionate care. The close connection between the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease and their neighbors reveal a unique spirit of giving – a relationship characterized by people caring for the hospitals that care for them. For more information, please visit

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. For more information about Morton Plant Mease, go to

About BayCare Health System
BayCare is a leading not-for-profit health care system that connects individuals and families to a wide range of services at 14 hospitals and hundreds of other convenient locations throughout the Tampa Bay and central Florida regions. Inpatient and outpatient services include acute care, primary care, imaging, laboratory, behavioral health, home care, and wellness. Our mission is to improve the health of all we serve through community-owned, health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at