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WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- Port City Baseball, the grassroots group working to bring awareness to the benefits minor league baseball could bring to Wilmington, is selling t-shirts to promote their message and support the Pink Ribbon Project.

The Pink Ribbon Project, founded in 1998, works to promote awareness of breast cancer, aide women through the trials of a cancer diagnosis and support them during subsequent treatment. Port City Baseball is excited to support their efforts and will donate all proceeds from the sale of their pro-stadium t-shirts to this project.

Chris Fernandez and Terry Spencer of Port City Baseball believe the benefit for Pink Ribbon is precisely the kind of community outreach effort for which minor league teams are known.

“The impact of this stadium and team will be much bigger than baseball,” said Fernandez, founder of Port City Baseball. “This whole effort is about making Wilmington a better community and what we’ve seen in other communities across the country is that Minor league teams become integral parts of their communities and sponsor a variety of community-related charity events.”

According to Spencer, the fundraiser and partnership with the Pink Ribbon Project is a “natural fit,” when you consider the “Pink Jersey” nights for breast cancer awareness and fundraisers that are regular events at minor league ballparks throughout the country. For Spencer, this is also personal. “I have been personally touched by this terrible disease and am thrilled that we can lend our support to such a worthwhile cause,” he said.

Port City Baseball is currently hosting a pre-sale on t-shirts. To participate in this fundraiser and support the Pink Ribbon Project, please visit: http://shirt.portcitybaseball.com/.

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PCB

Funny how their initials refer to a toxic chemical........

Anyway - I admire the effort but did you notice something about the T-shirts?
Not ONE MENTION of womens breast cancer on them.
It woulda been nice if you guys had put Port City Baseball supports women's best cancer research SOMEWHERE on the T-shirt......

This strikes me as a missed opportunity....they stuck to their political agenda without ANY reference to breast cancer research......

Vog

Hey VOG

you caught me with that one. Have to admit I did not catch their lack of reference to Breast Cancer Awareness.

It pure and simple is a promotional gimmick for their baseball agenda.

Dante's Inferno has 9 circles of Hell.

I wonder if they'll hit all 9 in their ruthless pursuit of laying a river front albatross around the necks of the city Property Taxpayers?

One of them indicates the CEO of NHRMC is onboard the project. I'll find out on Tuesday; I'll ask Jack Barto. I am confident he is onboard any legitimate promotion to increase awareness and seek a cure for breast cancer. Not certain he took a close look at the tee shirts or even viewed a mock up.

These guys are showing how desperate they are to unload this albatross; and frankly, it appears they will go to any length to do so.

Tom

I had to zoom in on the pic to make sure, but not one reference just the color.
I find that disturbing to say the least and a marketing mistake that could back fire.
Of course then we have this little "gem" from the star news Blogs that says what Chuckles (Duke) really thinks of WAY:
"Chuck Kuebler
@VOG and RICK,

There is an opening on the ‘BIG TALKER” how come you as a team do not apply?
This station alot like WWAY as they are media mongers."

Just what in the heck is a "media monger"

Vog

So I guess the message here is .....

... only the pro-stadium people are against cancer? I'm pretty sure that no one would actually be trying to say that, but there certainly is that subliminal implication.

Hey, I know the pro-stadium group are trying to come up with clever ideas to market their stadium and the Pink Ribbon Project's just looking for some funding but this joint marketing venture leaves me with a less than positive feeling. The pro-stadium group also comes away from this looking more that a little disingenuous with the shirt graphics (as per the pic above) only talking about the stadium and nothing else.

Also not so sure it's a smart idea for a charity like the Pink Ribbon Project, or any charity for that matter, to align themselves with a group on either side of a hotly contested political issue. A charity should be politically neutral. It's an unwise public relations choice to decide otherwise.

The real message is...

Baseball working with the community,reaching out is a wonderfull thing.
Hopefully we can make someone or some families life just a little simpler via a caring touch.

I retract my previous

I retract my previous statement. If the issue of the baseball stadium was left out of it, I would be glad to do what I can to contribute. But since this has been made into a political issue instead of just a breast cancer issue, then I would fully support the foundation.

Awesome job!

Awesome job!

I wonder

..."Port City Baseball...will donate all proceeds from the sale of their pro-stadium t-shirts to this project."

Who's going to make sure they do this? I think an audit wouldn't be unreasonable.

Audit

Each shirt is 10.00 and all proceeds will be donated.
We will share terms/conditions with the proper parties,qualified parties if asked.

We are transparent,visible.

boring

Baseball is like watching paint dry.....

baseball

VOTE NO FOR BASEBALL !!!! it is sad they are exploiting a worthy cause to the detriment of wilmington.

Sharks Are Setting a Good Example

It's nice to see the Port City Baseball people following the example set by the Sharks, who have been doing Pink Ribbon events for a couple of years now.

Go, Sharks! Keep up the good work!!

The Sharks,UNCW some High Schools do this

The money is going to a great cause,we are in year one of formation.
We can not do much sooner than this,we are partnering with NHRMC why is this a bad thing.
We are not copy-cats,just trying to add positive impact where needed.

Vision,for a better Wilmington

Here's my vision for a

Here's my vision for a better Wilmington: no additional debt. More than one writer has expressed here that if this were truly such a great "deal" that private investors would be flocking to it with open arms and checkbooks. This just isn't happening in your event.

Why don't you think of trying this... If you believe that this single A team is so hot and that your project will be such a great benefit for Wilmington why don't you set up a company and have all your supporters buy shares in your venture?

If your venture makes money, good for you! If it loses money at least I won't be on the hook for it...

Congratulations Too!

Port City Baseball, What a great start for your organization. My wife and I will proudly wear our tee shirts all over town. Getting the stadium proposal on the ballot is a great success, you have much reason to be proud. The time has arrived for Wilmington residents to come together and help the city become a brighter beacon for all of Southeast NC. The community support efforts that will evolve from the stadium, the teams, their players and the companies associated with baseball will be broad based and improve the quality of life for the citizens of Wilmington and the surrounding area. Thank you for your positive and uplifting approach for the success of this project. I look forward to the efforts of many organizations that will step forward to showcase the many reasons Baseball will be good for Wilmington.

Smarmy to the Nth power

To congratulate yourself in such a way as to imply you were just a bystander instead of an intregal part of this morally reprehensible marketing campaign is just ridiculous. Not surprised that you would "proudly" wear that shirt.

Do you really think your post will be percieved as anything other than the rancid cheese it really is? If you were even half as smart as you think you are, even you would have realized that's not going to happen.

Then pay for it

Then pay for it yourselves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

About as cheesy as it gets.

About as cheesy as it gets. Much more money could be raised for the worthy cause if the shirts promoted something that 90% of the Wilmington residents were not opposed to.

Gratuitous,not cheesy

Glad we can help those impacted.
To call is "cheesy" is really improper.

Beyond cheesy .................. Morally reprehensible

To sell a t-shirt purportedly to help a charitable group raise cancer awareness when the shirt itself does nothing else but push your pro-stadium agenda is beyond cheesy. You obviously hope people will buy the shirt for altruistic reasons while the end result will be free pro-stadium advertising.

To link being for a stadium with being against cancer, with the hidden implication, of course, being that those against a stadium feel otherwise, is morally reprehensible.

Pink Ribbon Project management also bear some responsibility for not thinking clearly. The not so hidden implication for them is that they're pro-stadium. A charity that isn't scrupulously politically neutral is almost going out of their way to set themselves up for backlash. An unwise thing to do.

By the way, the definition of "gratuitous" is: "Uncalled for; lacking good reason; unwarranted." I can't think of any reason why you would choose to define your actions in that manner unless it was just another one of your unfortunate Freudian slips.

NHRMC is on board

NHRMC is all for this,as is CEO.
It is a wonderfull way to help others,what is the opposition doing to help those affected?

Duke

I was down there yesterday. Of course they are going to support programs dedicated to the eradication of cancer.

But, here's the question or 2 for you.

Did anyone there actually see a mock up of the tee shirt?

Did anyone actually sign off on your campaign knowing the tee shirts would make reference only to the ball park? Were it not for the pink color, no one would have any inkling the tee shirts are supposed to promote breast cancer eradication.

The ball is in your court Duke.

Even you defined this marketing sham as "gratuitous"

Listen, it's one thing to have a passion for baseball. It's another thing to try and sell the public on the idea of a taxpayer funded stadium, even if it's just to secretly make a buck for yourself along with some other insiders. I can understand that, even though I personally don't roll that way.

It's another thing entirely when you pretend to be helping a charity ("It's a wonderful way to help others) when it's so transparently obvious that your intentions are otherwise. Just look at the graphics on the shirts.

I know you have no shame, so my saying this will probably have no effect on you, but it's a sad day when a human being stoops to this level just for the sake of the almighty dollar. My condolences.

For starters

they are probably buying the shirts from groups other than yours.

For another they are not blowing their own bugle in an attempt to detract attention from the fund raising and awareness raising project.

For a third, some are waiting for you to admit you have a vested interest in the sale of the river front albatross, the erection of the ball park or the management of a baseball team. That at least would be honesty.

Love The Comminity

Thanks WWAY!
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WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- Port City Baseball, the grassroots group working to bring awareness to the benefits minor league baseball could bring to Wilmington, is selling t-shirts to promote their message and support the Pink Ribbon Project.

The Pink Ribbon Project, founded in 1998, works to promote awareness of breast cancer, aide women through the trials of a cancer diagnosis and support them during subsequent treatment. Port City Baseball is excited to support their efforts and will donate all proceeds from the sale of their pro-stadium t-shirts to this project.

Chris Fernandez and Terry Spencer of Port City Baseball believe the benefit for Pink Ribbon is precisely the kind of community outreach effort for which minor league teams are known.

“The impact of this stadium and team will be much bigger than baseball,” said Fernandez, founder of Port City Baseball. “This whole effort is about making Wilmington a better community and what we’ve seen in other communities across the country is that Minor league teams become integral parts of their communities and sponsor a variety of community-related charity events.”

According to Spencer, the fundraiser and partnership with the Pink Ribbon Project is a “natural fit,” when you consider the “Pink Jersey” nights for breast cancer awareness and fundraisers that are regular events at minor league ballparks throughout the country. For Spencer, this is also personal. “I have been personally touched by this terrible disease and am thrilled that we can lend our support to such a worthwhile cause,” he said.

Port City Baseball is currently hosting a pre-sale on t-shirts. To participate in this fundraiser and support the Pink Ribbon Project, please visit: http://shirt.portcitybaseball.com/.

Unquote,
Help us help the community.
Vision not just Baseball!
www.portcitybaseball.com

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The city of Wilmington or should I say the TAX payers will have to SPEND 40 Million so you can get a few thousand for this charity. Really? Why dont you just donate your money directly or use any other sporting event in town for the charity event? Stop trying to make spending 40 Million on a lame duck look better by attaching cancer fund raising to it.

We are more than Baseball!

A diverse group we are and yes "Love Baseball".
We are so Happy to partner with NHRMC AND "THE PINK RIBBON PROJECT" to add value to our wonderfull community.
We hope our Fundraiser touches affected families in a positive way.
Baseball with VISION for a better Wilmington!

www.portcitybaseball.com

Helping others via Baseball,