Once again, the Black and Gold will be on the basketball court Saturday night at the DuBois Area High School, joining the DuBois Area United Way All-Stars to help raise money for the area’s less fortunate.

“We’re pleased to announce that we’re bringing back the Pittsburgh Steelers to play some local All-Stars for the 16th consecutive year,” said United Way Executive Director John “Herm” Suplizio. “This fundraising event is to help raise money for the less fortunate in our area. The money all goes back into helping out our member agencies. We would like to thank Martin’s for being our major sponsor in this event.”

In addition, the DuBois Dream basketball team, under the direction of player/owner Albert Varacallo, will be playing a Charity Exhibition Game in honor of first responders prior to the United Way/Steelers game.

Varacallo said the DuBois Dream Alumni and Tri-County All-Stars will be playing, starting at 6 p.m. The DuBois Dream game will feature players from ‘Year 1” and “Year 2,” as well as other local all-stars to compete against us in this annual fundraiser.

“I’m really excited to be teaming up with the United Way and Pittsburgh Steelers to play in front of our amazing community for a great cause for the third straight year,” said Varacallo. “It is always a special night and it makes it that much more special to bring back some offer alumni and previous Dream players to be a part of this great event.”

All first responders attending the game will receive free admission but both games will still benefit the United Way.

Usually, the United Way organizers don’t know who from the Steelers will be coming to the area. But this year, Suplizio said he has received confirmation that former Steelers linebacker James Harrison will be playing in the annual event. Harrison was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2002. A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Harrison won two Super Bowls with the Steelers, XL and XLIII.

In the past, there have been some other great Steelers players participate in the game, Suplizio said. Some of the players who have participated in the past have included: Willie Parker, Brett Keisel, Antonio Brown, John Kuhn, Charlie Batch, Ike Taylor, Chris Hoke and Louis Lipps.

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Suplizio said this is one of the biggest fundraisers the United Way has all year. The event has raised more than $150,000 for the United Way over the years and it goes to the community agencies.

“Please come out and join us in giving both the DuBois Dream and Pittsburgh Steelers our support. Show them what we’re all about,” said Suplizio.

Doors will open at the high school at 5:30 p.m. The DuBois Dream game will begin at 6 p.m. and the Steelers game will start at 8 p.m.

The price for admission is $10 and includes both games. Tickets are now on sale at the following locations at the DuBois Area United Way from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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