TBT to our Deflategate win

May 7th, 2015


It’s Throw Back Thursday! #TBT to the time we were able to help approximately 60 families with the proceeds from a $20,000 chocolate football.

Earlier this year, $20,000 was generated for Dollar Energy Fund, Pennsylvania’s largest hardship fund, as a result of a 2.5-pound, slightly deflated chocolate football, which was auctioned on KDKA Radio by host Marty Griffin.

It started when Bill Sarris created the football for auction and then matched Richard Bazzy of Shults Ford’s winning $5,000 bid.  An additional $10,000 was provided in matching funds from the utility partners of Dollar Energy Fund.  The total amount was used to provide utility assistance grants to families in need throughout Pennsylvania.

If you remember from the media coverage, Sarris Candies made the chocolate football as a light-hearted jab regarding the controversy surrounding the New England Patriots and its use of underinflated footballs during their AFC championship game victory. The story was picked up by news media across the country and through social media outlets, with mostly positive feedback, minus a few Patriot fans opinions. Although, we all know what yesterday’s report stated.

We digress. As Bill Sarris, owner of Sarris Candies in Washington, Pa., pointed out, “It’s going to a good cause, so that’s the best thing.”

Anytime the community gathers together for a fundraiser to help their neighbors stay warm, we call it a win. Here’s to a wonderful #TBT and the hope that our community continues to engage in fundraisers that allow Dollar Energy Fund to provide assistance to those in need.


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