Pittsburgh, PA – Today, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Quarterback and Findlay, OH native, Ben Roethlisberger, announced that the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation (BRF) at The Giving Back Fund will be making a $25,000 contribution to the Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Make-A-Wish will be able to grant wishes to seven children in the Pittsburgh area with life-threatening medical conditions enriching their lives with hope, strength and joy.
“We are so grateful for The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation’s continued support of Make-A-Wish with this generous donation,” said Judi Stone, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia. “Here at Make-A-Wish, we are dedicated to bringing happiness to children with life-threatening medical conditions during a difficult time in their lives. More than just a nice experience, wishes have life-changing impact on our kids’ lives, allowing them to feel stronger, more energetic and more willing to fight their medical battles. The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation’s commitment to our wish kids makes it possible for us to continue this very important mission.”
Roethlisberger and the Foundation chose to support Make-A-Wish after several children visited the Steelers facility and met Roethlisberger. The Foundation’s support is in addition to that of its core mission of supporting K-9 units of police and fire departments throughout the United States with a particular emphasis on support for service dogs in Pittsburgh, PA.
Roethlisberger said, “When a person has a last wish, or one wish to be granted, and they want to hang out with me, or hang out with the Steelers…for all of the things they could do and they want to do that, it’s pretty amazing.”
Among the seven children directly benefitting from this grant are Christina, 17, from Whitehall, PA who will travel to Disney World; Marcus, 14, of Coal Township and Nyheem, 5, of Altoona, PA who will both receive a shopping sprees; and Tierney, 13, from Temple, PA who will travel to Atlantis.
This grant was made possible, in part, from proceeds of the third annual Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Invitational Golf Tournament. The event netted almost $100,000 to benefit police and fire department K-9 units in addition to Make-A-Wish Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Event sponsors included Apollo Jets, Auto Palace Porsche, Kyocera Communications, Inc., King Street Grille, PNC, CONSOL Energy, The Pittsburgh Steelers, Sprint and RGT Capital Management.
The 2015 Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Invitational is set for Monday, June 22, 2015 at Treesdale Golf & Country Club in Gibsonia, PA.
Fans of The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation can support future K-9 grants by purchasing candy on Sarris Candies’ website, (www.SarrisCandiesFundraising.com), using a special purchase code (77-7777). Sarris will donate 25 percent of the purchase price to the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation.
About Ben Roethlisberger
Ben Roethlisberger just completed his 11th season as quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. At 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, he is aptly referred to as Big Ben, and has become known for big performances and a humble approach. Roethlisberger is one of only 10 starting quarterbacks to win two or more Super Bowls. In 2009, he led the Steelers to a 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Tampa with a thrilling touchdown pass in the final seconds. In 2006, Roethlisberger became the youngest starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl, defeating the Seattle Seahawks 21-10 in Detroit. Roethlisberger was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2007, 2012 and 2014 and already holds most of the passing records for the Steelers. He is the only quarterback to lead his team to the conference championship game in each of his first two seasons. He was the unanimous Rookie of the Year in 2004, breaking Dan Marino’s rookie records for completion percentage and passer rating, and was the first quarterback in NFL history to compile a 13-0 regular season record as a rookie.
Roethlisberger was raised in Findlay, OH and was a three-sport star at Findlay High School. He went on to set nearly every quarterback record at Miami University (Ohio) prior to foregoing his senior season and becoming the 11th overall pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2004 NFL Draft. Roethlisberger resides near Pittsburgh with his wife Ashley, son Benjamin, daughter Baylee and dog Hercules.
About The Giving Back Fund
The Giving Back Fund (GBF) is a national public charity that creates and professionally manages charitable foundations and other philanthropic programs for athletes, entertainers, business entrepreneurs, and corporations. Since our founding in 1997, GBF has created an important niche in expanding and diversifying philanthropy, particularly among young people, women and people of color. Our unique structure allows donors to direct more of their charitable dollars to causes they care about and less to administrative overhead. To date, The Giving Back Fund has provided philanthropic consulting, management and programming to more than 200 athletes, entertainers, entrepreneurs, and other high net worth individuals. GBF has overseen the distribution of more than $30,000,000 in charitable grants within the United States and other countries, and has developed dozens of unique scholarship, mentoring, medical, arts, and other philanthropic programs. For additional information, please visit givingbackfund.wpengine.com.