On March 8, at Heinz Field, a most appropriate venue for this special evening, Bethany Baptist Church presented “An Evening With The Dungys.” That would be Lauren and Tony Dungy former Pittsburgh Steeler and coach. Who knew that the Dungys consider Bethany Baptist Church their church home even though they no longer live in Pittsburgh? More than 300 attended the evening that was designed to raise funds to benefit Bethany Baptist, enabling them to build a new sanctuary.

THE COUPLE OF THE HOUR—Lauren and Tony Dungy (photos by Debbie Norrell)

The evening began with a VIP reception, where so many were ecstatic to see the Dungys back in Pittsburgh. Tony signed books and took photos with numerous fans. Dinner was buffet style and despite the rain, guests enjoyed the view from the windows at Heinz field.

The Afro-American Music institute choir created a joyful noise and sang “Swing Low Sweet Chariot,” Homewood style, with Howie Alexander on keyboard for some great foot patting music. Stephen Cropper (WPXI) served as Master of Ceremonies.

Friends told great stories about Tony, and Tony and his wife, Lauren, told great stories about their first visit to Bethany Baptist and the warmth that enjoyed while attending that church.

Spotted: Frank Torbert, Cheryl Allen, Jackie Dixon, Inez Miles, L.C. Greenwood, Chenits and Margaret Pettigrew, Linda and Rick Savido, and Jerry Lopes.

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