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DHS News December 2011    

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Holy Family youth fly 900 miles to see Steelers play in Kansas City

On Nov. 27, six youth in Holy Family Institute’s residential program boarded a Corporate Air private jet and flew nearly 900 miles to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo. on Sunday Night Football.

Chaperoned by Sister Linda Yankoski and Roy Sims, a youth counselor at Holy Family, the youth each sported a Steelers jersey, as well as new slacks and shoes, provided by the Allegheny County Music Festival Fund.

After arriving by limousine at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, the youth were given field passes to watch the Steelers warm up and met Steelers President Art Rooney II and Tunch Ilkin, Steelers radio color commentator and former offensive lineman.

Like the Steelers hard-fought victory that night, this trip required some effort to pull off.
Through the generosity of the Steelers, Corporate Air, and private donors, a trip to the Nov. 13 game in Cincinnati was being auctioned on eBay as a part of Holy Family’s annual fundraiser, the Arthur J. Rooney, Sr. Courage House Luncheon.

When the $7,500 winning bid turned out to be fraudulent, the Steelers and Corporate Air offered an alternative date for the game. Deciding that it was too late to raise funds by auctioning the game, Sister Linda worked to find several generous donors to step in and raise $10,000 to replace the lost $7,500 bid.

Because the Steelers donated the game tickets and Corporate Air provided the chartered jet service at no cost, Holy Family selected six youth in the residential program who were not able to return home for the Thanksgiving holiday to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 

Youth - Sister Linda and Art Rooney II    

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