The 2015 Pirates Charities CARE-a-van, presented by Highmark, took place from December 9-11, participating in private community events leading up to the 26th PirateFest, presented by Chick-fil-A.
The CARE-a-van made a total of 24 stops impacting 13 cities in the greater Pittsburgh area, including stops in Altoona, PA -- home of the Pirates Double-A affiliate the Altoona Curve -- and Morgantown, WV -- home of the Pirates Single-A affiliate the West Virginia Black Bears.
Pirates Major and Minor League players who took part in the CARE-a-van included Keon Broxton, Arquimedes Caminero, Jake Goebbert, Alen Hanson, John Holdzkom, Nick Kingham, Rob Scahill, Chris Stewart and coaches Brad Fischer, Dave Jauss, Nick Leyva, Herbie Andrade, Ray Searage and Rick Sofield.
The three-day CARE-a-van featured three separate groups of players and coaches traveling to private community action events throughout the region. Pirates personnel and Pirates Charities, the philanthropic arm of the Pirates, partnered with local non-profits to assist with projects and services, as well as visited with schools and community organizations.
At each visit players, coaches and front office employees donated their time and talents to help make a difference in each community.