The Equitable Gas Company and the Pittsburgh Pirates are "bringing the heat" again this season to help some very special children. For each strikeout recorded by a Pirates pitcher this season, Equitable Gas and its employees donated $15 to Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia, granting magical wishes to kids with life-threatening medical conditions. A total of $17,880 was raised in 2012, making it a record-breaking year, both literally and financially, for the campaign after Pirates pitchers broke the franchise record with 1,192 strikeouts recorded last season.
On Friday, September 28, 2012, Equitable Gas President Bill Lucas joined Make-A-Wish® Manager of Special Events Stephanie Pugliese and wish kid Teddy and his family on the field before the Pirates took on the Cincinnati Reds. Teddy, 11, diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, was granted his wish to meet the Pittsburgh Steelers in August 2012.
Since the "Bringing the Heat Program" began during the 2010 season, Pirates pitches and Equitable Gas Company and its employees have teamed up to provide more than $47,800 to Make-A-Wish. So every time an opposing batter took that long, lonely walk back to the dugout after striking out, fans had even more reason to cheer.