The Pittsburgh Pirates and Pirates Charities announced, in conjunction with ROOT SPORTS, the fifth annual “Pirates Charities on ROOT SPORTS Auction” scheduled for Monday, August 13 when the Pirates host the Los Angeles Dodgers at 7:05 p.m. Proceeds raised during the auction will be used to support Pirates Charities, the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh and the “Wins for Kids” Program.

Once again, ROOT SPORTS’ Rob King will host the on-air auction live from the Hall of Fame Club inside PNC Park. In addition, a live phone bank-- which will be staffed by Pirates celebrities and Front Office personnel-- will be stationed inside the PNC Park Hall of Fame Club to take live bids.

During the game on Monday, fans will have the opportunity to bid on eight featured premium experiences that include a night of Pittsburgh Penguins hockey with Clint Hurdle and his wife Karla, a ROOT SPORTS “Root for Your Pirates” Commercial and Block Party and a 2013 Pirates Fantasy Camp Trip with an autographed Bill Mazeroski Bronze Statue Replica.

Additional premium packages are as follows:
• PNC Park VIP Skyblast Experience
• Pirates Road Trip to Chicago
• “Family Reunion” Softball Game and Picnic on the Field at PNC Park
• Kids Fun Zone Experience at Your House
*Please see the attached document for complete details on premium experiences.

During the evening, fans will also have the opportunity to purchase VIP bags for a donation of $125 each. The ROOT SPORTS/Pirates Charities bags will include a baseball autographed by an individual Pirates player, Pirates baseball tickets and an assortment of Pirates merchandise. Select bags will also randomly include vouchers for a variety of premium items including an Andrew McCutchen autographed jersey; a Neil Walker autographed cap and a flat screen TV. Also, two of the vouchers will be good for limited edition Bill Mazeroski prints, designed by Burton Morris, autographed by the artist and Pirates Hall of Fame second baseman Mazeroski.

In addition, fans can purchase VIP-PLUS bags, for a donation of $500 each, that include a regular VIP bag and items PLUS an authentic Pirates home white or black alternate game jersey autographed by their favorite player!

The VIP and VIP-PLUS bags can be purchased in-person at the Hall of Fame Club beginning at 5:30 p.m., for fans in attendance, online at pirates.com/rootsportsauction or by calling (412) 325-4888.

“We look forward to the Pirates Charities on ROOT SPORTS Auction every year,” said Shawn McClintock, Senior Vice President & General Manager of ROOT SPORTS. “The auction not only gives our viewers the opportunity to bid on unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, but supports Pirates Charities and Clint and Karla Hurdle in helping fulfill the dreams of local children in need by raising awareness and money for the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh. It’s a great event for both our fans and for the entire community.”

The live auction will start with the special ROOT SPORTS Pirates Pregame show at 6 p.m. and end immediately following the last out of the seventh inning. Fans will be able to place bids by calling (412) 325-4888 or fans in attendance may place their bids by visiting the Hall of Fame Club in-person beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The winner of each item will be announced immediately following the game on the ROOT SPORTS Pirates Post-Game show. For complete details on the August 13 auction and the premium items up for bid, please visit www.pirates.com/rootsportsauction.

About Pirates Charities
Pirates Charities, the philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is a 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on three core areas of youth health, fitness and education. Since its inception in 2006, Pirates Charities has distributed more than $2.5 million to organizations and programs committed to improving the lives of children and adults. In 2011, the Pirates and Pirates Charities assisted more than 3,000 organizations. To learn more about Pirates positive impact in the community, visit www.pirates.com/community.

Pittsburgh Children’s Institute
The Children’s Institute is an independent, licensed nonprofit organization that provides a comprehensive approach to pediatric rehabilitation: The Hospital, The Day School and Project STAR. The Hospital includes an 82-bed inpatient unit and numerous outpatient rehabilitation services for children and young adults. The Day School is an Approved Private School for children ages 2 to 21 with neurological impairments, including autism. Project STAR promotes the right of all children, especially those with physical, emotional and intellectual disabilities, to grow in a safe, nurturing, lasting family.

About Wins for Kids
Clint Hurdle and his wife Karla, along with Pirates Charities and ROOT SPORTS are proud sponsors of the 2012 Wins for Kids campaign. The program is simple: make a monetary pledge to Pirates Charities for each Pirates win during the 2012 regular season. Over the course of the season, the donations will help Pirates Charities strengthen the community by supporting organizations and programs aimed at improving the lives of children and adults in the greater Pittsburgh area. All monies raised through the Wins for Kids program will benefit Pirates Charities and the Children's Institute of Pittsburgh's Prader-Willi Syndrome Program. Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) is a rare, complex genetic disorder that affects many parts of the body and the Children's Institute of Pittsburgh is the only hospital-based site in the world offering treatment for this population. For complete information and to donate visit pirates.com/winsforkids.