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Penguins join goal of helping Greensburg-based performing arts group, Boys & Girls Clubs

| Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, 8:55 p.m.
A limited number of tickets will be sold for a chance to meet Penguins winger James Neal, shown in this file photo in a practice session on Jan. 14, 2013, at Consol Energy Center.

Pittsburgh Penguins fans will have a chance to meet a player while helping out two charities.

Seven Pens are scheduled to sign sports items for fans Jan. 18 at the Mall at Robinson, 100 Robinson Centre Drive.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit either Stage Right! School for the Performing Arts in Greensburg or the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania, organizers said.

Players are anticipated to sign items between noon and 7 p.m., with the time to be firmed up closer to the event, promoters said.

A silent auction is planned Jan. 17-19 at the mall as part of the fundraiser. In addition, a limited number of tickets will be sold to meet Pens winger James Neal.

The benefit will help the Westmoreland County performing arts group for children get increased exposure in Allegheny County and will allow arts fans to mingle with sports enthusiasts, said Chris Orosz, Stage Right! executive director.

“I think because of the love of the Penguins, I think there will be a really great response,” she said.

Craig Adams, Deryk Engelland, Evgeni Malkin, Neal, Joe Vitale, Robert Bortuzzo and former player Phil Bourque are anticipated to be on hand to sign items.

Adriane Deithorn, Stage Right! director of development, said she knew Total Sports Enterprise officials through her previous ties to the Pittsburgh Marathon. Total Sports Enterprise handles arrangements for the athletes.

“They contacted me to see if they could do something with us,” Deithorn said.

Attendees can purchase a T-shirt, photos, miniature helmets or pucks to be signed, or bring their own items, according to Stage Right! officials.

Those wishing to attend must specify the desired player when purchasing tickets online and can have one item signed.

Prices range from $20 to $125 and can be purchased at A limited number of tickets will be sold, Deithorn said.

The charities will receive percentages of the money raised from both the signing event and silent auction. The players also receive financial compensation.

Stage Right! provides instruction in voice, acting, dance and musical theater for children ages 4 to 18 years from Westmoreland, Allegheny and Fayette counties.

About 450 students participate each year in classes and workshops offered at the performing arts institute.

In May, Stage Right! moved to its West Fourth Street site from the Westmoreland Cultural Trust-owned Union Trust Building on North Main Street in Greensburg.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or