Pittsburgh Steelers raising money for the Salvation Army and United Way during Draft-A-Thon

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PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers are giving back to the Salvation Army and the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania as part of this year’s NFL Draft-A-Thon.

This year’s NFL draft is going to be different for many reasons, the most notable is that all of the teams will be drafting remotely.

The Draft-A-Thon is a three-day virtual fundraiser during which the teams and league office will be calling on fans and communities to donate during the NFL draft.

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“We are grateful for the continued efforts of the Salvation Army and United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, especially during these difficult times,” Rooney II said.

Steelers President Art Rooney II and his family have donated $250,000 to these two charities as part of the Draft-A-Thon.

“We wanted to rally as an organization and provide support to the local community. We have so many heroes that are on the front lines during the crisis, and we are very appreciative of the opportunity to give back to those in need. I am thankful for everyone who has been able to provide the financial support to assist these and other organizations with their efforts,” Rooney II said.

Fans can make donations at NFL.com/relief where there will also be a live donation tracker.

“This is an unprecedented time in our local community,” said Bobbi Watt Geer, president and CEO of United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania. “Donations like this help provide immediate relief for local families in crisis with food, shelter, transportation and more.”

“The Salvation Army is only able to serve thanks to support from others, and we are extremely grateful for the generosity of the Steelers organization,” said Raphael Jackson, divisional commander of The Salvation Army Western Pennsylvania Division. “Our dedicated staff are going above and beyond to ensure that our neighbors have access to desperately needed resources, such as food and shelter. This much-needed support will allow us to serve more Western Pennsylvanians in need who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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