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Area day at PNC Park set

April 29, 2012
By JEREMY KINS - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

MINGO JUNCTION - The Pittsburgh Pirates will host the Detroit Tigers on June 23, the date of this year's Steubenville/Weirton Community Day at PNC Park, and Choice Brands of Ohio is proud to be one of the sponsors for the event.

"It's a great event. I attended last year's and was able to go on the field and meet Bob Nutting, the Pirates owner, and a lot of the players," said Nick Latousakis, president of Choice Brands of Ohio and Wine and Beverage Merchants in Weirton.

"It gives the opportunity to a lot of local individuals to attend a game," said Latousakis. "You just can't beat it. It's such a good deal."

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COMMUNITY NIGHT — Nick Latousakis, president of Choice Brands of Ohio and Wine and Beverage Merchants in Weirton, left, and Kevin Medley, president of Iron City Distributing, are among the sponsors of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Time’s Steubenville/Weirton Community Night at PNC Park, set to take place on June 23 when the Pirates will face the Detroit Tigers. - Jeremy Kins

The interleague game will kickoff with the opening pitch being thrown at 4:05 p.m.

The Steubenville/Weirton Community Event at PNC Park is being presented by the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the offices of the newspapers at 401 Herald Square from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling (740) 283-4711.

"We've sponsored this event since the beginning five or six years ago and it's a great promotional event," said Latousakis.

The price of a ticket is $40 with bus transportation available for an additional $10. The cost includes a seat in the all-you-can-eat section, a Pirates hat, charter bus transportation, bus refreshments, prizes between innings and more.

Tickets for the game and the bus transportation are going fast, officials with the newspaper said.

Community Day microfiber Pirates T-shirts are on sale now and can be purchased by contacting the Herald-Star.

"This event is really representative of our community, and our community pride will really show at that game," said Cindy Kotsch, special events and marketing coordinator for the newspapers.

Thousands of residents from around the Tri-State Area have participated in the community night program during the past several years, newspaper officials said. In fact, according to the Pirates, the Steubenville-Weirton Day always ranks among the most well-attended community day of the season.

Kotsch said the Tri-State Harmonizers will be singing the national anthem, a group salute will take place on the field before the game to introduce the night's sponsors, a representative of the Herald-Star will change the bases after the sixth-inning and the entire all-you-can-eat section is reserved for the night.

"It's a wonderful community event and it's great to be associated with it. It's good to give back and an opportunity for all of us to say thanks and enjoy a safe night out," said Kevin Medley, president of Iron City Distribution, and Latousakis.

"It's just going to be an all-around fantastic evening full of good baseball and events for our attendees to enjoy," said Kotsch.

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