“Paint the Park Pink Night” stands as one of the most successful events at Regency Furniture Stadium each season. Through a partnership between the Blue Crabs and Civista, the game, which has grown into more of an event, raises both awareness and funds for local breast cancer initiatives right here in Southern Maryland. “Paint the Park Pink Night” will take place this Saturday, July 21st. Gates will open to the general public at 5:30pm.
Over the past three seasons, the Blue Crabs and Civista have raised over $18,000 which they have distributed to local breast cancer treatment and support groups to use for grassroots activities to further spread the word about the dangers of breast cancer. Specifically, it has helped launch and fund Civista’s “Pink Ribbon Fund” which was created for those exact reasons.
Now a key element of the event, the Blue Crabs players will be donning pink pinstriped jerseys for the game, which will begin at 6:35pm against the Somerset Patriots. The game worn jerseys may be bid on by fans on the concourse during the game, with all proceeds going to the Pink Ribbon Fund and then being distributed to local breast cancer survivor groups. Additionally, all breast cancer survivors in attendance will take part in the emotional pre-game ceremonies. The ceremony will conclude as the survivors will release several dozen pink helium filled balloons into the sky honoring those who have lost their battle to breast cancer.
Along with the jersey auction, several other fundraising elements have been incorporated to raise the bar on funds being raised for the cause. The concourse will be feature over 12 different breast cancer organizations with a large variety of donation mechanisms, paint the park pink wristbands will be available by donation, fundraising tickets are being sold by participating organizations, and the Blue Crabs will be donating $1.00 of every individual ticket purchased at the Box Office the day of the game. Several Blue Crabs players have even gotten involved with the event including closer Jim Ed Warden, and Outfielder Richard Giannotti by expressing how breast cancer has effected women very close to them and asking for fans to come out and get involved.
The night will also feature many pink elements during the game and wrap up with spectacular post-game fireworks. All fans coming to the game are encouraged to wear pink, in support of those fighting breast cancer and the drive to increase the level of research in battling the disease.
“Paint the Park Pink Night has become such an important staple in the Blue Crabs promotional schedule because we know how close it hits home right here in the tri-county area,” said Blue Crabs Marketing Manager Courtney Freeland. “Whatever the Blue Crabs can do to help spread the word about the dangers of the disease, or to help to raise money, we’ll do. We are honored to partner with Civista on this night, because they already do so much to keep our local citizens educated about breast cancer.”
Tickets are still available for this momentous night, but are going fast. For more information, or to purchase your tickets today, log onto www.somdbluecrabs.com or stop by the Regency Furniture Stadium Box Office.