NEW BRITAIN - Next Friday may be the day the New Britain Bees open their 2017 season, but another celebration is set for later in the weekend.
The Bees will be joined by the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative for the Sunday, April 23, game against the York Revolution. New Britain Stadium will be decked out with 50 to 100 pink ribbons, representing breast cancer awareness, as part of Pink in the Park.
“We’re grateful to the Bees and to any of the people in the park who might take note and be motivated to join us on the 13th,” said Joyce Bray, president of the CT BHI, referring to Race in the Park, which is set for May 13.
Bray said the day serves as a reminder for people that Race in the Park is only a few weeks away. Announcements will be made during the game and fliers and race invitations will be handed out.
The bases will be pink for the game and players will wear pink ribbons. Before the game, breast cancer survivors will be honored on the field and given flowers by Bees players. A survivor will throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch.
People who show up at the ballpark for Sunday’s game wearing pink will only have to pay $5 for a bleachers ticket instead of the regular $8.
Bees General Manager Gerry Berthiaume said the organization has been advertising Pink in the Park on its website.
“It’s a great cause and we’re happy to be a part of it,” Berthiaume said. “We really want to make people aware of the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative and get their message across to fans.”
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