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Military Appreciation Day at LECOM Park Thursday, March 8

March 7, 2018 - Florida State League (FSL) - Bradenton Marauders News Release

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Pirates Charities have partnered with local organizations to identify and host both active-duty military members and veterans, along with their guests, to enjoy a day of appreciation for their service at LECOM Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates will donate 125 game tickets and guests will enjoy a pregame BBQ picnic, provided by Pirates Charities.

Schedule of Events:

"VIP Early Access" for participating military groups

In-Game Community Tables: ESGR, MacDill Recruitment and M.O.T.S.

Gate Collection: Fans coming to the game are encouraged to bring donations for M.O.T.S.

Items in need are:

Peanut Butter


Triple Edge Razors

Single serve drink mix packets

Military Appreciation Day VIP BBQ

o Pregame Participation: ESGR Group Salute, Honorary Pitch, Military Members Take the Field, Color Guard

Organizations participating in appreciation events:

o 927th Air Refueling Wing at MacDill Air Force Base - The 927th Air Refueling Wing is comprised of three groups and 10 squadrons providing rapid global mobility through air refueling and airlift operations. In addition to providing air-to-air refueling capability, the 927th has an aeromedical evacuation squadron whose primary mission is to bring our wounded and injured service members home. This squadron is set to deploy later this year, joining thousands of other Air Force Reservists supporting contingency operations around the world. In addition to the 927th Air Refueling Wing, MacDill Air Force Base is home to 39 other organizations including United States Central Command and United States Special Operations Command. The presence of these two unified commands and other mission teammates creates a unique multi-service community at MacDill, with all branches of service represented.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) - Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment. ESGR has served our country for more than 40 years, fostering a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States.

Manasota Operation Troop Support (M.O.T.S.) - A non-profit organization serving military troops deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait with ties to Manatee and Sarasota County and their families. Each month MOTS sends between 35 and 50 care packages to service men and women. Some of the items are donated by local businesses, schools and churches, but some items are purchased by M.O.T.S. In addition, M.O.T.S. supports the troops and families back home by helping them with cash or gift cards depending upon their needs.

WHEN: Thursday, March 8, 2018

Gates Open to General Public: 11 a.m.

First Pitch: 1:05 p.m.


1611 9th St W

Bradenton, FL 34205

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