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2012 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease and Clearwater Threshers Team Up To Strike Out Breast Cancer

7th Annual Pitch for Pink Event                                                           

CLEARWATER, Fla., (June 12, 2012) – Morton Plant Mease and the Clearwater Threshers team up again for the seventh annual Pitch for Pink event to strike out breast cancer. The event scheduled for Friday, July 13, 2012, at Bright House Field, 601 N. Old Coachman Road, Clearwater, will include a local celebrities’ charity softball game, a breast cancer survivors’ lap, silent auction, balloon raffle and a baseball game with the Clearwater Threshers, Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, taking on the Fort Myers Miracle.

Event lineup:

4 p.m.: Gates open (First 1,000 women through the gates receive a commemorative Pitch for Pink purse)

4:30 p.m.: Local Celebrities’ Charity Softball Game including local TV and radio personalities and local athletes

6 p.m.: Breast Cancer Survivors Lap

6:30 p.m.: Clearwater Threshers vs. Ft. Myers Miracle

The local celebrities’ charity softball game is an opportunity for the general public to make a donation to play in the softball game alongside several local TV and radio personalities and local athletes including: ABC Action News’ meteorologist Denis Phillips, traffic anchor Meredith Censullo, reporter Ashley Glass and community affairs director Lissette Campos, 10 News’ morning anchor Ginger Gadsden, morning anchor Keith Jones, meteorologist Bobby Deskins and weekend anchor Allison Kropff, Bay News 9’s meteorologist Juli Marquez, traffic anchor Chuck Henson, reporter Chris Hopper, FOX 13’s morning traffic anchor Jen Epstein, Channel 8’s morning traffic anchor Leslee Lacey, Q105 Morning Show’s Nikki Cruz, Play 98.7’s Miguel Fuller, 97X’s Fisher, Bright House Networks’ Jennifer Holloway, Tampa Bay Storm players and more. 

Fans are invited to come out early to cheer them on as they try to strike out each other.  If you would like more information to make a donation and participate in the local celebrities’ charity softball game, please call Amanda Koch at (727) 712-4405.

The breast cancer survivor lap is a special feature of the night that takes place before the Threshers game. Breast cancer survivors are invited to take a lap around the bases with players of both teams and fans cheering them on, showing support and recognizing their strength of battling breast cancer.

The jerseys worn by the players and pink bats will be autographed and auctioned off in the silent auction with several other donated items from local businesses and individuals. A pink balloon raffle offers attendees a chance to win more prizes and pink baseballs will also be available for sale.

Tickets for the Pitch for Pink event can be purchased at or by calling (727) 467-4457. Ticket prices: $5, $7 and $9.50. Since its’ inception in 2006, Pitch for Pink has raised over $150,000 to help support breast cancer programs and services at Morton Plant Mease.  

About Morton Plant Mease Health Care

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 10 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, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at


Media contact: Denise Moore, (727) 461-8538 Phone, (727) 402-5975 Pager