POWERFUL TRIO—Mel Blount, TiAnda Blount and LaMarr Woodley
On April 5, at the beautiful Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown, hundreds attended the Mel Blount Youth Home 15th Annual All-Star Celebrity Roast: A Roast and Tribute honoring Pittsburgh Steeler Linebacker LaMarr Woodley. Current and former Steelers arrived early to sign footballs and Steeler memorabilia for the grand auction.
In a program message from Mel Blount he says he can’t believe it has been 15 years since his wife, TiAnda, wanted to do something special for his 50th birthday. “She had been praying for guidance from the Lord about how she could help me in my effort at the youth home. I was reluctant when she came to me with the original idea of the dinner. Now 15 years later I am thankful she followed the prompting of the Lord.”
On this wonderful evening LaMarr Woodley was honored. Blount says Woodley is a great role model in the NFL. Woodley returned to his hometown of Saginaw, Michigan and contributed over $60,000 of his own money to keep a football program alive. He is doing countless things in the Pittsburgh community as well. Woodley pledges $500 for each sack he records in a season, to support organizations serving disadvantaged kids in Saginaw and Pittsburgh including the Boys & Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania and Prevent Another Crime Today (PACT). Woodley donates an initial $5,000 and seeks sponsors to match.
Blount says in the months to come he will share information about plans for the 25th Anniversary celebration of the Youth Home.