Members of the DuBois Area United Way All-Stars took on the Black and Gold at Saturday night’s 16th annual basketball fundraiser at the DuBois Area High School to help raise money for the area’s less fortunate.

Pittsburgh Steelers players who participated in Saturday’s event included: Wes Lyons, Trey Griffey, Tevin Jones, David Johnston, Lavon Hooks, Louis Lipps and James Harrison.

For the United Way All-Stars, players included Adam Moore, John Dunn, Ryan Hultman, Derek Pierce, Dr. Algie LaBrasca, Dave Herzing, Melissa Gates, Maddox Bennett and Brooklynn Baummer-Vogel. Albert Varacallo III, owner/player of the DuBois Dream basketball team, which played prior to the Steelers game, also participated.

Though the Steelers beat the United Way team, 103-57, the event was for a good cause and raised at least $4,000, according to Executive Director John “Herm” Suplizio, who said a final total was not yet available. Over the years, the event has raised more than $160,000 for the United Way and it goes to the organization’s agencies.

In addition, the Steelers signed autographs and posed for photos with fans during the half-time of their game.

The DuBois Dream basketball team played a Charity Exhibition Game in honor of first responders prior to the United Way/Steelers game. All first responders attending the game received free admission but both games still benefited the United Way.

The DuBois Dream game featured players from ‘Year 1” and “Year 2,” as well as other local all-stars to compete against us in this annual fundraiser. That game was a close one, with the DuBois Alumni winning, 94-90.

Between the two games, Buddy Geitner, of Ridgway, had the opportunity to win a new 2018 Ford Echo Sport, courtesy of Murray’s Dealership. In order to win the car, he had 24 seconds to complete four different shots, including a lay-up and three other shots from various places on the court, but only made two out of the four.

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