McKeesport, PA. – Over the weekend, Penn State Greater Allegheny hosted the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to put together a charity basketball game. The game was filled with local celebrities, food, and fun for the whole family and was a huge success helping to raise over $14,000 dollars that will go to fun scholarships funded by both the university and the chamber.
Despite the threat of snow outside, nearly 300 fans packed the Wunderly Gymnasium to watch the festivities and have some fun. PMAHCC treasurer Jesus Torres, who helped organize the event, was very happy with the turn out saying that the event was a huge success.
“What an amazing experience,” said Torres via Facebook. “I don’t know where to begin but thank you to the fans, our sponsors, the players, coaches, and many more. Thanks to them we raised close to $14,000 dollars and both [Penn State Greater Allegheny] and [Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce] are thankful for their support.”
Donning the court inside the Wunderly Gymnasium included names like Pittsburgh Pirates 1979 World Series Champion Omar Moreno, Pittsburgh Bullets CEO Marcus Robinson, Pirates president Frank Coonley and third base coach Joey Cora, and members of the Steel City Yellow Jackets to name a few.
The teams played four ten-minute quarters with plenty of fun and games for the kids in between. Torres played a special role as several donors pledged five dollars for every point he scored in the game. But everyone was a winner on this day, with the game finishing as a 120-120 tie.
During the game the PMAHCC honored miss Rosana Guernica with the lifetime achievement award for her work helping Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria. Between October and December of 2017, Guernica complete five relief trips delivering over 76,500 pounds of supplies to the island while evacuating nearly 300 people.
Altogether, the event raised over $14,000 dollars which will go to scholarship funds provided by both PSUGA and PMAHCC to benefit the children in Pittsburgh’s Hispanic Community. Torres and the whole Hispanic chamber would like to thank everyone who came out and made this event possible.