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Suns 'Pitching Pink' campaign raises $3,707 for Breast Cancer Awareness

May 21, 2007

Municipal Stadium hosted many moms, fundraisers and breast cancer awareness programs on Mother's Day Weekend. The Second Annual "Pitching Pink" celebration was expanded from a one-day campaign in 2006 to a full weekend in 2007. The results increased as well. More than 6,300 fans attended games last weekend and the Hagerstown Suns raised $3,707 to be donated to Breast Cancer Awareness - Cumberland Valley (BCA-CV).

The weekend began on Friday night with the Suns' first Friday Night Fireworks show of the season. Lite 95.7 FM, The Real Red Barron, Phoenix Color and Associated Radiologists were presenting sponsors of the "Pitching Pink" Weekend. Y2Knit was present all three days and donated three knitted blankets that were raffled one per day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The rain on Saturday night could not stop the success of the second annual "Shirt Off Our Backs" pink jersey auction. Suns players wore pink jerseys during the game as a silent auction of their game-worn jerseys occurred simultaneously. At the top of the sixth inning, the auction became live as Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director and BCACV Board Member Tom Riford served as auctioneer. Twenty-nine jerseys and one pink team-autographed, game-used base were auctioned.

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On Sunday, May 13, the first 1,000 fans received a white cap with a pink Suns logo and breast cancer awareness ribbon embroidered. Sunday marked the end of a month-long promotion where the Suns sold breast cancer awareness ribbons for $1 each. In total, the Suns raised $461 through this portion of the breast cancer awareness campaign.

Anyone interested in participating in the BCACV Free Mammogram Program, can call the BCA-CV office at 301-791-5843. If you fit the BCACV guidelines, and have your mammogram done through the program, individuals will receive a $20 Wal-Mart gift card for free. "We feel getting a mammogram is too important. We're here to help those who cannot wait for a cure," said Joan Fell executive director of the BCACV.

The Suns are Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals and are owned by Los Angeles-based Mandalay Baseball Properties. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact the Suns at 301-791-6266 or visit online at www.hagerstownsuns.com.

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