HOMETOWN HEROES—From left: Sgt. Patrick Manning, Larry Richert, Summer Tissue, Bill Neal, Jamie Holmes and Paul Shields.
NewsRadio 1020 KDKA Morning Host Larry Richert hosted the Larry Richert Honors Hometown Heroes event, March 7, at the Lexus Club at PNC Park.
Legendary Bruno Sammartino, who will be inducted into the Wrestling Hall of Fame in April, served as the keynote speaker, in addition to retired Army Ranger and Captain Sean Parnell, author of “Outlaw Platoon,” serving as the guest speaker.
Larry’s Hometown Heroes honored five ordinary individuals in the community who have done extraordinary things. Honorees were: Jamie Holmes for awarding “dream” opportunities to those living with medical conditions; Sergeant Patrick Manning for restoring a youth baseball field in Penn Hills; William R. Neal Jr. for building programs that aid disadvantaged youth and others in finding employment opportunities; Summer Tissue for her work in sending packages to deployed Soldiers and Marines; and Paul Shields for helping his neighbors escape a fire in their home in Ross Township the day after Thanksgiving. Each hero will receive a $1000 donation to a charity of their choice.
Neal is a long time columnist of the New Pittsburgh Courier and Founder and CEO of Champion Enterprises.
“I was overwhelmed when I was informed that several hundred people were nominated and I was one of five finalist,” Neal said. “I am extremely gratified that the work we have done have been well received. And it’s important to note that Champion Enterprises is the proverbial village that raises a child. It takes a lot of people to make it work.