April is a very busy month for sports fans in the Pittsburgh area, and Neighborhood Legal Services Association of Pittsburgh was pleased to host more than 180 guests for the first annual Pittsburgh Sports Report Spring Round-Up on April 9, 2013, at the Heinz History Center. NLSA created this unique event to bring additional community awareness to the agency and to provide a portion of the funds needed to support civil legal representation for residents of this region.
NLSA selected a panel of sports media personalities including Ellis Cannon, Steve Blass, Tony DeFazio and Rick Dayton who engaged in a very lively and timely analysis of Pittsburgh’s three professional teams – the Pittsburgh Pirates, Penguins and Steelers. The panel used talent and insight to combine statistics, opinion and humor as they examined the 2013 season prospects for the Pittsburgh Pirates, recent high quality trades and the upcoming playoff scenario for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Steelers’ potential selection opportunities in April’s NFL Draft. Of course, the evening would not have been complete without a number of classic stories from Steve Blass. The reaction of the guests at the event, and in many positive follow-up comments, indicate a high level of audience enjoyment.
Celebrity guests included Steelers legendary linebacker, Andy Russell, and Sean Gibson, great-grandson of the Negro League star, Josh Gibson, both of whom provided special items for the silent auction. They were joined by representatives of the Steelers and Pirates who also contributed autographed sports memorabilia. Other guests included executives from investment firms and health care organizations.
Many past and present members of the NLSA board of directors were present including Carol Mills McCarthy, President of the NLSA Board of Directors, Efrem Grail, immediate past-President of the NLSA Board, Bill Caroselli and EJ Strassburger, Co-Chairs of NLSA’s EJC Campaign, Superior Court Judge Gene Strassburger, Tom Thompson of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Howard Schulburg, past ACBA President, and Ken Argentieri, past-President of the NLSA Board and incoming ACBF President.
Sponsors for the NLSA event included the following firms: Caroselli Beachler McTiernan & Conboy LLC., Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C., Farrell & Reisinger, LLC, Goehring, Rutter & Boehm, Grogan Graffam, P.C.,John A. Caputo, Attorney at Law, John R. Cook, Attorney at Law, McCarthy McDonald Schulberg & Joy, Reed Smith LLP, Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky, and Thorp Reed Armstrong, LLP.
NLSA Executive Director, Bob Racunas, commented, “We are very pleased to partner with Ellis Cannon and his publication, Pittsburgh Sports Report, to bring this outstanding panel to sports fans in Pittsburgh and look forward to renewing our event next year. We appreciate the generosity of the law firms which sponsored this event and the individual guests who joined us for this special evening.”
Neighborhood Legal Services Association is a non-profit, public interest law firm providing civil legal representation to residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence Counties who, for a variety of reasons, would otherwise not have access to legal services. For more than 47 years, NLSA quietly has been serving thousands of individuals and families in our region, setting out on a path to ensure equal access to justice for all residents of this area. The proceeds from this event fund these essential services.