Steelers Make Donations To Salvation Army, United Way As Part Of NFL’s Draft-A-Thon

Rachel Kalas
April 22, 2020 - 6:34 pm
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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Part of this year’s NFL Draft will be the “Draft-A-Thon” to help support communities throughout the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced that the two charities that will be the local beneficiaries during the Draft-A-Thon will be the Salvation Army and the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Steelers President Art Rooney II and his wife, Greta, along with other members of the Rooney family have made a combined contribution totaling $250,000 to both charities. Mike Tomlin and Steelers GM Kevin Colbert will also participating.

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“We are grateful for the continued efforts of the Salvation Army and United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, especially during these difficult times,” said Rooney IIin a statement. “We wanted to rally as an organization and provide support to the local community. We have so many heroes that are on the front lines during the crisis, and we are very appreciative of the opportunity to give back to those in need. I am thankful for everyone who has been able to provide the financial support to assist these and other organizations with their efforts.”

“This is an unprecedented time in our local community,” said Bobbi Watt Geer, President and CEO of United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania. “Donations like this help provide immediate relief for local families in crisis with food, shelter, transportation and more. The generosity from key partners like The Pittsburgh Steelers is critical to not only providing short term relief but helping us to build a strong foundation for recovery in the months to come. We are grateful for their support.”

"The Salvation Army is only able to serve thanks to support from others, and we are extremely grateful for the generosity of the Steelers organization," said Raphael Jackson, Divisional Commander of The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division. "Our dedicated staff are going above and beyond to ensure that our neighbors have access to desperately needed resources, such as food and shelter. This much-needed support will allow us to serve more Western Pennsylvanian’s in need who have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Other Steelers partners are also donating to local charities, including Paul Evanson Scott and Russ Swank, the Paul Family, and the Varischetti Family.

The “Draft-A-Thon” will be a three-day virtual fundraiser bringing clubs, players, fans, and partners together to help communities in need.

To make a donation, click here.  

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