Former Steelers Tunch and Wolf lead 17th annual Walk for the Homeless
Take a walk for a good cause on Saturday with some guys you might know.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers and current sportscasters Tunch Ilkin and Craig Wolfley will host the 17th annual “Tunch & Wolf’s Walk for the Homeless” to raise awareness and funds for Light of Life Rescue Mission on Pittsburgh’s North Side.
Former Steelers Dwayne Woodruff, Andy Russell, and Jon Kolb, as well as local celebrities and politicians Guy Junker, Sally Wiggin, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, and City Councilman Corey O’Connor will attend, according to a newsw release.
“In 1987, I walked through the doors of Light of Life Rescue Mission for the first time, and I was just blown away by what I saw,” Ilkin said. “It’s been a big part of our family. I don’t know how many times in the last 30 years I walked through the doors of Light of Life, but I’m never the same when I walk out.”
He and Wolfley will lead participants starting from the lawn across from Heinz Field (off of North Shore Drive.) It’s a 10K walk along the North Shore trails, but walkers can turn around at any point, the release said.
Following the walk, a picnic-style lunch will be served.
For Light of Life’s executive director, Jerrel Gilliam, the event is a great way for Pittsburghers to get involved.
“One of the comments I hear frequently is how most people want to help the homeless, but they are not sure how,” Gilliam said in the release. “This event gives them a family-friendly way to be part of having an impact on the homeless and those affected by the opioid crisis while enjoying the company of Steeler legends.”
Last year approximately 600 people participated. The event raised over $100,000. Donations are collected by walkers, given through business sponsorships or are made by individuals the day of the event.
Light of Life Rescue Mission was established in 1952, and is a nonprofit organization providing life changing recovery programs and food and shelter for Pittsburgh’s poor and homeless.
There is no charge to participate. Walkers give what they can. Some raise funds through a team.
Registration opens at 8 a.m.
The walk starts at 10 a.m.
Details: 412-258-6100 or http://lightoflife.org
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 412-320-7889, [email protected] or via Twitter .