The Pittsburgh Penguin family lost one of their most beloved voices a few months ago when longtime PA Announcer John Barbero passed away at the age of 65.
Today, I am pleased to announce details of a major event coming to the area in Barbero's honor that I'm hoping some of you can attend.
On Sunday, November 7, the Mon Valley YMCA will host a sports and celebrity memorabilia auction from 1-4 p.m. at the YMCA gymnasium, sponsored by Charleroi Federal Savings Bank. And to answer your next inevitable question, there's no Steeler game that day - they play Cincinnati that Monday night.
Proceeds from the event benefit the YMCA's Youth and Teen Programs, and a $1,000 scholarship will be awarded on behalf of John Barbero to a high school student pursuing education or broadcasting in college.
Here are the major points of interest:
-Tickets are just $5 and cover pizza, refreshments, and all other snacks. No hidden costs. Five bones gets you in the door and covers all your hunger-related issues for the next three hours. That's less than the cost of a value meal!
-Drawings will take place every half hour for door prizes which include cash, memorabilia, and all sorts of other items. I don't have a complete list, but I know there are some major prizes being lined up (big screen TV's, etc) which I will post when I have a more definitive list. If you've got a ticket, you're in the drawing.
-There will be three types of auctions going on: a Chinese auction, a silent auction, and a live auction. Hundreds of items from a variety of fields will be available, including autographed memorabilia, gift certificates, tickets to sporting events, etc. There should be something for everybody and in every price range.
-The memorabilia auction will feature signatures from such luminaries as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Troy Polamalu, Jack Lambert, Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, Joe Paterno, Art Rooney, and many, many more.
Being that I'm on the committee, I can tell you that we're also working on getting a few celebrities and local team mascots to be in the house as well. This is going to be a very family-friendly event. And given the fact that it's being held just a few weeks before Christmas, it's a great opportunity to do some holiday shopping while helping a very good cause. Basically, you get food, entertainment, and a chance to win some major prizes on a Sunday afternoon when the Steelers aren't playing for the cost of $5. Sounds like quite a deal to me.
If anyone out there is interested in sponsorships, a few corporate spots remain. Donations of items for the auction are also welcome in trade for smaller sponsorship levels.
I'd be happy to answer any questions about the event via my email address below, or you can call the YMCA directly at 724-483-8077. Tickets will be available at the door or by contacting the Y.
It's my sincere hope that some of you can join us for this unique event in John's honor. I'll post more updates as they become available.