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John Barbero Memorial Auction benefits YMCA, scholarship

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011

The second annual John Barbero Memorial Auction will be held 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Mon Valley YMCA in Carroll Township.

All proceeds from the sports, entertainment and celebrity auction will benefit the YMCA's Youth and Teen Programs as well as fund the John Barbero Scholarship Fund.

The former principal at Waynesburg High School -- where he retired in 2004 -- Barbero was the public address announcer for Pittsburgh Penguins home games from 1972 to 2009.

The 1963 graduate of California Community High School made his radio debut in the summer of 1964 at WESA radio in Charleroi. He stayed on the air waves for 10 years.

He was inducted into the Mid Mon Valley all Sports Hall of Fame in June 2010.

During the event, two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded with proceeds from last year's event. The awardees are Chanier Guti of Charleroi, and Sara Bowker of Monongahela, both California University of Pennsylvania students.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be YMCA members planning to study journalism or education. They must apply at their school, and write an essay on the impact of education in the development of a work ethic in our society.

A live auction at the event will feature several high profile items - four tickets to the Pittsburgh Steelers Dec. 24 game against the St. Louis Rams and $2,000 spending money; four tickets to a Pittsburgh Penguins game plus overnight accommodations; A Nemacolin Resort & Spa package, including golf for four; and a Pittsburgh Penguins game helmet signed by the entire team.

Tickets are $5 and include a chance at over $5,000 in items that will be given away during drawings that will be held every half hour beginning at 1:30 p.m.

The items to be given away during the auction and the items of the drawings are: 1:30 p.m. - $500 cash; 2 p.m. - four Pittsburgh Pirates Lexus Club tickets; 2:30 p.m. - $500 cash; 3 p.m. - a Mon Valley YMCA family membership; 3:30 p.m. - a 50-inch flat panel plasma TV, stand and three-year warranty; and 4 p.m. - $1,000 cash.

Refreshments will be available, including pizza from Salatino's Riverhouse Cafe, cookies from Keystone Bakery and Pepsi products.

There will also be face painting and balloon art for the children. The Pittsburgh Pirates Parrot will be on hand and other area team mascots also are expected to make appearances.

Items valued at over $10,000 will be available during the silent auction. Steel City Auctions will be providing items for the silent and ticket auctions.

Campy's Pizza will donate a pig pie once a week for a whole year. Valley Tire has donated four tires.

The event is being held in association with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the YMCA and Highway Appliance.

The auction committee is still accepting items for the silent auction. To donate items or purchase tickets, call the YMCA at 724-483-8077.



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