BY ANDREA BOSCO + IAN MIKRUT
PHOTOGRAPHS BY KASSIE JACKSON
“The roast of Charlie [Batch] was filled with some good laughs, but all were underlined with respect and admiration for him,” says ‘DVE Morning Show co-host Bill Crawford. Presented by Bud Light, Orr’s Jewelers, P&W BMW, Latitude 360, and Cardello Lighting, the seventh annual ‘DVE Celebrity Roast honored Pittsburgh Steelers alum Charlie Batch. During the event, $10,000 was raised for the Best of the Batch Foundation, which strives to provide financially for youth and their families via after-school programs, scholarships, park restorations, and athletic leagues. More than 250 guests filled the Omni William Penn Hotel ballroom as roast master, ‘DVE Morning Show co-host, Randy Baumann led the friendly banter, along with Crawford, Ben Roethlisberger, Larry Foote, Joey Porter, Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert, Marty Lazzaro, Candi Castleberry Singleton, Pittsburgh Dad, and others. Even Mayor Bill Peduto joined in on the jabs. Says Peduto, “Charlie’s greatest talent comes from his compassion to understand how to utilize those talents to influence the lives of others.” “Charlie was a gracious honoree and a great sport,” says Crawford.