Signing for a good cause

November 8, 2012 by Teresa Varley

It might have looked like a simple autograph session on Thursday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Cranberry, Pa., but it was far more and will go a long way in helping those in need in Allegheny County.

Six Steelers players, including Charlie Batch, Jonathan Dwyer, Larry Foote, Keenan Lewis, Maurkice Pouncey, and Shaun Suisham signed autographs during two different sessions in exchange for donations to the United Way.

“It takes a whole community to address the most critical needs here in Allegheny County,” said Linda Jones, vice president of workplace campaigns. “The Steelers are such great supporters. It is critical for us to have the community come together to make an impact to help with those needs and we are glad to have a great partnership with the Steelers to be able to provide that opportunity.

“As Bob Nelkin (President of the United Way of Allegheny County) says all of the time the United Way is the business community and the employees of those businesses coming together to make an impact. The business community and employees are so critical to us to be a successful organization.”

No player understands the need the United Way has more than Batch, who has been the Steelers’ United Way spokesman for the past six years. He speaks to companies to encourage their participation, but he also understands individual donations are just as meaningful.

“It’s always important,” said Batch. “Any time you have the chance to go to different areas and raise money for the United Way it’s special to be a part of.

“I know how important it is to raise money from corporations, from people throughout the city. I think you need to continually remind people of the importance of the United Way because there are people out there that need help.”


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