Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pittsburgh Pirates step up to bat for Payton Wright

Payton Wright at age 4.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will host a “Make a Difference” Celebrity/Corporate Softball Challenge and Family Fun Day on Nov. 19 at PirateCity, 1701 27th Street E., Bradenton.

The all-day event will raise funds and support for The Payton Wright Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting pediatric brain cancer. All local companies are invited to participate, with corporate sponsorships ranging from $2,000 to $3,000 for a team of 12 to 15 players.

The 18-team, round-robin softball tournament will include celebrities and baseball ringers who will be announced at a later date and will be assigned to play with each of the teams.

Families can get involved and support this cause by attending the softball tournament and participating in Family Fun Day activities for $25 per adult, free for kids 12 and under.

Family Fun Day passes include food and beverages, face painting, a Pirates fun house and fast pitch, Mixon Fruit Farm’s hitting inflatable and the opportunity to get autographs of Pittsburgh Pirates players. The Family Fun Day takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with softball games starting at 8:30 a.m.

Companies can name their team and design their own baseball jersey. The Pirates will provide hats for each team, along with gift bags and free food and beverage passes for each player. Sign up your team at www.PaytonWright.org, or contact Holly Wright at holly@paytonwright.org or 941-228-4886.

The Payton Wright Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2008 by Patrick and Holly Wright in memory of their daughter, Payton, who passed away at the age of 5 from brain cancer.

Headquartered in Lakewood Ranch,  The Payton Wright Foundation is committed to raising awareness and funds for pediatric brain cancer research, helping families who have a child with brain cancer, and supporting organizations tied to cancer research and care. For more information, visit PaytonWright.org.

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