The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the schedule for the Pirates Charities CARE-a-van, presented by Highmark, which will take place from Wednesday, December 11 thru Friday, December 13. The 2013 CARE-a-van will take part in 25 private community events over three days leading up to the 24th annual PirateFest, presented by T-Mobile.

A total of 15 cities in and around the greater Pittsburgh area will be impacted. The tour will include stops in Altoona, PA - home of the Pirates Double-A affiliate the Altoona Curve; Erie, Pa.; Youngstown, Ohio and Wheeling, WV. Pirates players scheduled to take part in this year's CARE-a-van includes 2013 National League Most Valuable Player Andrew McCutchen, Jaff Decker, Josh Harrison, Jared Hughes, Jeff Locke, Bryan Morris, Charlie Morton, Gaby Sanchez, Tony Sanchez, Jose Tabata, Tony Watson and Justin Wilson. The players will be joined by Pirates coaches Jeff Banister, Euclides Rojas and Rick Sofield along with broadcasters Steve Blass, Greg Brown and Tim Neverett.

The three-day CARE-a-van will feature 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, will partner with local non-profits to assist with projects and services as well as visit with schools and organizations in and around the greater Pittsburgh area.

At each visit players, coaches, broadcasters and front office employees will donate their time and talents to help make a difference in each community.

Please see below information for complete Caravan details. Events are not open to the general public.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Group 1: Josh Harrison, Jeff Locke, Tony Sanchez, Tony Watson, Rick Sofield and Greg Brown

Greensburg, Pa- 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

  • Operation Santa Clause Grocery packing event
  • Beverly's Birthday's cheer basket deliveries

Latrobe, Pa-11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • The Salvation Army's Lighthouse Lunch Program

Johnstown, Pa-6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • "Project Bundle Up" shopping event

Group 2: Charlie Morton, Gaby Sanchez, Jose Tabata, Justin Wilson, Euclides Rojas and Tim Neverett

Uniontown, Pa- 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

  • "Adopt a Library" event at Hutchinson Elementary School

Morgantown, WV-11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.

  • The Community Kitchen at Trinity Church

Pittsburgh-5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank event

Group 3: Jaff Decker, Jared Hughes, Bryan Morris, Jeff Banister and Steve Blass
Butler, Pa-9 a.m.to 11 a.m.

  • "Walk for Warmth" in partnership with the Butler County United Way

New Castle, Pa-1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • "Adopt the 4th Grade" George Washington Intermediate School visit

Youngstown, OH-5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • "Adopt an Art Class" with the Butler Institute of American Art


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Group 1: Josh Harrison, Jeff Locke, Tony Sanchez, Tony Watson, Rick Sofield and Greg Brown

Altoona, Pa-9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

  • James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center, meet and greet with American service veterans

Indiana, Pa- 1:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • "Teddy Bear Fund" drive at the Indiana Regional Medical Center

Pittsburgh-7 p.m.

  • "Night of Remembrance" at the Highmark Caring Place - Pirates President Frank Coonelly will be in attendance

Group 2: Charlie Morton, Gaby Sanchez, Jose Tabata, Justin Wilson, Euclides Rojas and Tim Neverett

Wheeling, WV-10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

  • "Shop with a Cop" in partnership with the Fraternal Order of Police

Beaver Falls, Pa-3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Presents for Patients in partnership with St. Barnabas Charities at Smith Personal Care Home

Group 3: Jaff Decker, Jared Hughes, Andrew McCutchen, Bryan Morris, Jeff Banister and Steve Blass

Erie, Pa-9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

  • Saint Vincent Hospital visit

Franklin, Pa-1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Salvation Army Toy Drive at the Cranberry Mall
  • Twin Creeks Head Start visit

Pittsburgh-7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • "Adopt a Family" in partnership with the Salvation Army


Friday, December 13, 2013

Group 1: Josh Harrison, Jeff Locke, Tony Sanchez, Tony Watson, Rick Sofield and Greg Brown

Pittsburgh-11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • The Children's Institute holiday party and "Wins for Kids" check presentation
  • Pirates and Pirates Charities Chairman Bob Nutting and 2013 National League Manager of the Year Clint Hurdle scheduled to be in attendance

Group 2: Charlie Morton, Gaby Sanchez, Jose Tabata, Justin Wilson, Euclides Rojas and Tim Neverett

Pittsburgh-10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Pressley Ridge holiday party in partnership with Aramark

Group 3: Jaff Decker, Jared Hughes, Andrew McCutchen, Bryan Morris, Jeff Banister and Steve Blass

Pittsburgh-10:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.

  • Habitat for Humanity rehab project
  • Pirates Front Office employees scheduled to donate their time from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

*All Players/Coaches and Times are Subject to Change