Morton Plant Mease, Clearwater Threshers Unite Against Breast Cancer

June 09, 2017

12th Annual Pitch for Pink Slated for July 14

CLEARWATER, Fla., (June 9, 2017)-- Morton Plant Mease and the Clearwater Threshers are teaming up to honor breast cancer survivors at the 12th annual Pitch for Pink event Friday, July 14 at Spectrum Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater.

Highlighting the evening will be the Breast Cancer Survivors Walk at 6 p.m. Players from both teams will join fans in applauding these courageous individuals as they walk the bases.

The game, which starts at 6:15 p.m., features the Clearwater Threshers, Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, taking on the Bradenton Marauders, Class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. 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.

The event is a way to increase community awareness about the importance of early detection and to raise funds to help support the breast health services and programs at Morton Plant Mease. More than $260,000 has been raised through Pitch for Pink over the last 11 years.

“We are grateful for the partnership with the Clearwater Threshers organization and the support of the community for this event that helps fund many breast cancer programs, which are vitally important to the women in our area,” said Ernestine Morgan, president and CEO of the Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation.

Following the game, fans can enjoy a fireworks show courtesy of Clearwater Gas Systems.

The event schedule:
5:30 p.m. – Gates open (first 1,000 women through the gates receive a commemorative Pitch for Pink stainless steel travel mug, courtesy of Banquet Masters)
6 p.m. – Breast cancer survivors’ lap
6:15 p.m. – Clearwater Threshers vs. Bradenton Marauders
Postgame – Fireworks courtesy of Clearwater Gas Systems

Tickets for the Pitch for Pink event are $6, $8 and $10 each. Group packages are available. To purchase tickets, go to or call 727-467-4457.

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