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Bradenton Marauders to Hold Toy Drive for Salvation Army December 8 at Pirate City

(Bradenton, FL) The Bradenton Marauders will host “Marty’s Toy Drive” at Pirate City on Saturday, December 8. New, unwrapped toys will be collected and donated to The Salvation Army for distribution to children in need in Manatee County. The toy drive will begin at 2:00 p.m. and run through the conclusion of the Marauders’ Holiday Dash & Drive 5K race. Toys will be collected on the back fields at Pirate City this year. The fields are accessible by parking at River Run Golf Links.

Anyone can attend the event and contribute to the toy drive. Members of the public and race participants alike are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to the Salvation Army. The Salvation Army provides presents to thousands of children who may otherwise have nothing under the tree on Christmas morning. Every toy donor will receive a Bradenton Marauders promotional item and entry into a raffle for four 2019 Pirates Spring Training tickets.

The Salvation Army’s “Adopt-A-Family” program will help provide gifts for thousands of children in need in Manatee County during the holiday season. Many children have already been adopted thanks to generous donations, but the need is still substantial. The toy drive helps The Salvation Army fill the wishes of children that are not adopted in the coming weeks. The Marauders have collected hundreds of toys at “Marty’s Toy Drive” over the last three years.

The toy drive is named for the Marauders’ mascot Marty, who will be attending the event as Marty Claus. The Marauders will offer complimentary photos with Marty Claus to anyone attending the event. Photos will be emailed to attendees in the week following the event.

Pirate City is located at 1701 27th Street East in Bradenton. The River Run Golf Links entrance is south of the Pirate City gates.

Registration for the Marauders’ Holiday Drive and Dash is currently open. Race registration is available online and will remain open until December 1 at 11:59 p.m. Participation in the 5K race is $30 for runners 13 and older who register by December 1. Participants who are 12 and younger can sign up for $20 until December 1. The one-mile fun run is $25 for ages 13 and up and $15 for 12 and younger until December 1. In order to participate in the Longest Drive competition, please contact River Run Golf Links at 941-708-8459 or visit their clubhouse at 1801 27th Street E., Bradenton, FL 34208, directly behind Pirate City.

Online 5K signup: www.runsignup.com/Race/FL/Bradenton/MaraudersHolidayDashandDrive





Pittsburgh Pirates Announce 2019 Bradenton, FL Spring Training Ticket Information

The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the 2019 Spring Training ticket information for games to be played at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida. Last month, the Pirates announced the 2019 Spring Training schedule and home game times for their 51st spring season in Bradenton. Click here for details.





Bradenton Marauders Announce 2019 Schedule for 10th Season

(BRADENTON, FL) The Bradenton Marauders today announced their schedule for the 2019 Florida State League season. The High-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates kicks off its 10th season at LECOM Park on Saturday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. against the St. Lucie Mets (New York Mets). The Marauders begin the campaign two days earlier against the Mets in Port St. Lucie.

Bradenton will host 71 games at LECOM Park in 2019. The Marauders will contend in the South Division with the Charlotte Stone Crabs (Tampa Bay Rays), Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota Twins), Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami Marlins), Palm Beach Cardinals (St. Louis Cardinals), and the Mets. The Marauders have qualified for the playoffs four times in the franchise’s first nine seasons, and captured the franchise’s first Florida State League championship in 2016.

The Florida State League utilizes an unbalanced schedule, creating plenty of opportunities for fans to see top prospects from North Division teams. Bradenton’s North Division opponents include the Clearwater Threshers (Philadelphia Phillies), Daytona Tortugas (Cincinnati Reds), Dunedin Blue Jays (Toronto Blue Jays), Florida Fire Frogs (Atlanta Braves), Lakeland Flying Tigers (Detroit Tigers), and Tampa Yankees (New York Yankees).

Bradenton’s annual Patriotic Celebration and Independence Day fireworks show will take place on Wednesday, July 3. The Marauders will host the Jupiter Hammerheads at 6:30 p.m. The spectacular post-game pyrotechnic display will be one of the can’t miss events on the Suncoast this summer.

Marauders home games will start at 6:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and at 1:00 p.m. for Sunday home games. There will be four 10:30 a.m. games at LECOM Park. The first 10:30 a.m. game will be Education Day on Wednesday, April 10. The Marauders will also host 10:30 a.m. Camp Day games on Wednesday, June 12 and Wednesday, July 17. The team will also host a 10:30 a.m. game on Thursday, July 4.

For more information about the Bradenton Marauders, visit www.BradentonMarauders.com.





Remote Area Medical Remembers Stan Brock

***The following is courtesy of Remote Area Medical in honor of its founder Stan Brock who passed away last week at 82. RAM has one of its health events coming to Bradenton, FL in October. Click here for details.

Remote Area Medical is saddened to announce the death of Stan Brock, 82, our distinguished Founder and President. Mr. Brock, who passed away on Wednesday, August 29, pioneered the use of mobile medical clinics to deliver health care services to people in remote, isolated, and underserved communities around the globe. During Mr. Brock’s thirty-three-year tenure with RAM, more than 740,000 people attended his clinics to receive free dental, vision, and medical services, all provided by more than 120,000 dedicated volunteers.

Without Mr. Brock, RAM would not have been able to prevent pain and alleviate suffering for so many people. While Mr. Brock’s death is a great loss to the organization, RAM will continue championing his legacy and caring for those in need. Mr. Brock built a strong organization led by a dedicated 12 member Board of Directors, 34 staff members, and tens of thousands of volunteers and donors. Together, they will continue to fulfill the mission set by Mr. Brock so many years ago in the jungle of Guyana.

A Celebration of Life Service will take place in the coming weeks honoring Mr. Brock and celebrating his extraordinary life. Details are forthcoming, and will be announced on RAM’s social media pages, on RAM’s website, and through RAM’s newsletter. In lieu of flowers, Mr. Brock requests that donations be sent to Remote Area Medical in his memory.

Born in Preston, Lancashire, England in 1936, Stan Brock moved to British Guiana (now Guyana) in 1952 to become one of the world’s most recognized vaqueros, or cowboys. There, Mr. Brock managed The Dadanawa Ranch, the world’s largest cattle ranch operation, a 4,000-square mile combination of rainforest and savannah. In 1968, Mr. Brock arrived in the United States to begin a career in television and entertainment. That same year he began co-hosting NBC’s Emmy winning series, “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom,” alongside Marlin Perkins. After achieving national fame, Mr. Brock founded Remote Area Medical – RAM® in 1985—keeping his promise to the Wapishana Indians of Guyana. While RAM was initially founded to serve as a safety net provider of free medical care in remote areas of developing countries like Guyana, today nearly 90% of all RAM operations take place domestically. RAM still operates a free, year-round, air ambulance program in Guyana, providing emergency medical transportation to villagers in need of immediate health care services, just as Mr. Brock needed care in the early 1950s. For more information about Stan Brock and this announcement, please click here.





Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Stadium McKechnie Field to be Re-named LECOM Park

(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) today announced a naming-rights
agreement for the Club’s spring training ballpark in Bradenton, FL. As part of a 15-year naming rights agreement,
the former McKechnie Field is now LECOM Park.

Click here to view the press release from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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Pittsburgh Pirates to Hold National Anthem Auditions for Spring Training Games

(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates will hold National Anthem auditions on Sunday, January 29 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, FL. Auditions are open to anyone interested in singing The Star Spangled Banner prior to a Pirates Spring Training game. Prospective singers must feel comfortable performing in front of audiences of 7,000 people or more.

Auditions will be conducted a cappella and must be no longer than two minutes in length. There is no pre-registration for auditions. Prospective singers will perform in the order they sign up on the day of auditions. Registration will close at noon. National Anthem auditions will be conducted for vocalists only; instrumental renditions will not be accepted.

Pirates employees will supervise the auditions and determine which performers to invite to fill open spots in the Spring Training schedule. Contestants that wish to sing the Canadian National Anthem before the Pirates game against Toronto on Sunday, March 19 or the national anthem of the Dominican Republic for the game on Wednesday, March 8 are welcome to audition with one of those selections. Participants that audition but are not selected to perform will have their information kept on file for potential anthem openings during the Bradenton Marauders season.

The Pirates will play an 18-game home schedule at McKechnie Field this spring, beginning with a matchup against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, February 25.

For more information about Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training or National Anthem auditions, please call 941-747-3031, visit www.bradentonmarauders.com, or email MaraudersInfo@Pirates.com.

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Bradenton Marauders Announce Manager and Coaches For 2016 Season

(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced their minor league managerial and coaching assignments for the 2016 season. The announcement was made by Larry Broadway, Pirates Director of Minor League Operations.

Michael Ryan will manage the Bradenton Marauders in the team’s seventh season. Ryan, the fifth manager in franchise history, is returning for his second season at the helm in Bradenton. Last year the Marauders finished 74-64 overall. This is Ryan’s fourth season as a manager in the Pirates organization. He managed Low-A West Virginia in 2013 and 2014. Ryan joined the Pirates organization in 2012 as a player coach with the Altoona Curve. His career record is 210-203 over the previous three seasons. Ryan played in the Major Leagues for parts of five seasons with the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Michael Ryan
Michael Ryan

Jeff Johnson joins the Marauders as pitching coach for 2016. Johnson is in his ninth season with the Pirates organization. His prior coaching stops include stints with Low-A West Virginia (2009-2011, 2013-2014), Double-A Altoona (2012), and most recently Class-A Short Season Bristol. Johnson pitched in the Majors for three seasons with the New York Yankees.

Jeff Johnson
Jeff Johnson

Keoni De Renne will be the Marauders hitting coach. De Renne is in his fifth season with the Pirates organization. He spent the last two seasons as the hitting coach at Low-A West Virginia. His playing career as an infielder spanned 2000-2010, including five organizations and more than 1,000 games played.

Keoni De Renne
Keoni De Renne

Ryan, Johnson, and De Renne all played in the Florida State League during their minor league careers. Coming up in the Twins organization, Ryan spent the 1999 season with the Fort Myers Miracle. Johnson started 17 games in 1990 with the Fort Lauderdale Yankees. De Renne had a short stint with the Clearwater Threshers during the final season of his playing career in 2010.

The first Marauders game at McKechnie Field in 2016 is on Saturday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m.

For more information about the Bradenton Marauders, visit www.BradentonMarauders.com.
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Bradenton Marauders Hosting Toy Drive at Pirate City December 12th

(Bradenton, FL) The Bradenton Marauders will host “Marty’s Toy Drive” at Pirate City on Saturday, December 12. New, unwrapped toys will be collected and donated to The Salvation Army for distribution to children in need in Manatee County. The toy drive will run from 9 to 11 a.m.

Those who donate can enjoy a complimentary breakfast in the Pirate City Dining Hall. Each donor will receive a Pirates or Marauders promo item from the treasure chest and free entry into an exclusive raffle for a Pirates Spring Training Prize Pack filled which includes four (4) tickets to a Spring Training game at McKechnie Field and a ball autographed by Pirates All-Star Andrew McCutchen.

The Salvation Army’s “Adopt a Family” program will help provide gifts for nearly 2,000 needy children in Manatee County this holiday season. Gifts have been pledged for more than 1,100 children already this year. The toy drive will help The Salvation Army fill the wishes of children that are not adopted in the coming weeks.

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The toy drive is named for the Marauders’ lovable mascot Marty, who will be attending the event as Marty Claus. The Marauders will offer complimentary photos with Marty Claus to children attending the event. Photos will be emailed to attendees in the week following the event.

Pirate City is located at 1701 27th Street East in Bradenton, north of Mixon Fruit Farms and across the street from Wakeland Elementary School.

For more information about the Bradenton Marauders, please call 941-747-3031, visit www.BradentonMarauders.com, or email Carley.Paganelli@Pirates.com.

For more information about the Salvation Army and its Christmas assistance programs, visit www.SalvationArmy.org/Bradenton.

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