Charles (Chuck) Sanders, CEO of Urban Lending Solutions, was presented with the Jerome Bettis Humanitarian Award at the Jerome Bettis Bus Stops Here Foundation’s “Caring For Kids Event” last month in the East Club at Heinz Field.

Sanders, a Pittsburgh native and graduate of Slippery Rock University, was drafted in 1986 by the San Diego Chargers. He played two seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Chuck and his wife, Elisa, founded the Chuck Sanders Charities in 2009 to help fund and support existing Christian charities, churches and organizations. They are also dedicated to promoting educational and physical fitness programs for Pittsburgh’s youth and young adults.

BETTIS FAMILY—From left: Connie Thornhill (fiancé of John Bettis); John Bettis; Jerome Bettis and wife, Trameka Bettis; and kids, Brooke (daughter of John), Jerome Jr., and Jada (children of Jerome and Trameka). (Photos by Rosanno P. Stewart)

In May, 2011, Chuck and Elisa opened Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District. Savoy provides Pittsburgh with first class food, service, energy and a wonderful atmosphere.

The event featured a live and silent auction, cocktails, dinner and entertainment by COL Jazz. COL Jazz is a program of the Center of Life, which is a faith-based, community empowerment organization that serves to strengthen families, create opportunities for micro-enterprise and encourage homeownership. Center of Life is an outgrowth of the Keystone Church of Hazelwood; a community-based Mission that has aided members of the Greater Hazelwood community for more than 20 years.

The Jerome Bettis “Caring for Kids” Event benefits “The Bus Stops Here Foundation” (, which was founded in 1997 to help improve the overall quality of life for troubled and underprivileged children by offering opportunities to help them succeed. The Foundation’s initiatives include the “Cyber Bus” Computer Engineering Program which helps expose middle and high school youth to technology, scholarship programs, an annual book drive and neighborhood initiatives to foster individual success with a strong moral foundation.

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