Deputy Executive Director for Mission for the General Assembly Mission Council, Roger Dermody and Presbyterian Hunger Program Coordinator Ruth Farrell celebrated a special Presbyterian Night at PNC ballpark Tuesday (July 3).

Dermody and Farrell were on the home field of the Pittsburgh Pirates before the game to help draw attention to the successful Home Runs for Hunger campaign. Every time a Pirate hits a home run in the first half of the season, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations donate at least $100 to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Its director, Sean Sasso, called Presbyterians “little angels” and “the nicest people I’ve ever met.”

Gregg Hartung, the director of the Pittsburgh-based Presbyterian Media Mission who has helped coordinate media and social networking for the Home Runs for Hunger campaign, says the Pirates are on track to hit about 75 homers by the All Star break.  He expects to receive close to $10,000 for the Pittsburgh Food Bank, to help make sure that no child or person goes to bed hungry.