By Caitlin Elizabeth Cesa | Photographs by Sarah Collins
WHO: 300 guests, including former and current Pittsburgh Steelers Joey Porter, Charlie Batch, Anthony Chickillo, and Arthur Moats
WHAT: The Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation’s 12th Annual “Caring For Kids” Gala raised over $142,000 for the foundation and its mission to improve the overall quality of life for troubled and underprivileged youth.
WHERE: PNC Champions Club at Heinz Field
HIGHLIGHTS: The event began boldly as the sponsors of The Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation ran out of the Steeler tunnel and onto the field, surrounded by smoke and followed by a fantastic display of fireworks. Afterward, guests enjoyed a decadent three-course dinner paired with the exquisite wines of CK Mondavi & Family. The foundation presented UPMC Hillman Cancer Center’s Dr. Stanley Marks with the Humanitarian Award for his work in oncology, and the Courage Award was given to Pittsburgh Steeler James Conner, an individual who displayed courage, determination, and positivity in his fearless fight against cancer.
“Our favorite part about this event is being able to celebrate our year of giving back with our Bus Stops
Here Foundation sponsors and supporters.”
— Bethany Vietmeier, The Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation marketing director