Bill Hillgrove will speak at St. Anthony School Programs event

Friday, May 31, 2019 - Updated: 11:13 am

Pittsburgh Catholic Staff Report

Legendary sports broadcaster Bill Hillgrove has had a long association with St. Anthony School Programs. A Youtube post highlights his appearance on the old “Bowling for Dollars” in the 1970s, when he rolled two strikes for what was then St. Anthony School for Exceptional Children. 

Hillgrove, the voice of the Steelers and the University of Pittsburgh Panthers, will be the keynote speaker at the Spirit of St. Anthony Luncheon Thursday, June 6, at noon at the Rivers Club in Downtown Pittsburgh. He will share stories of faith, his long history with St. Anthony School Programs and life lessons he has learned throughout his career.

“Bill has been a supporter of St. Anthony’s for over four decades,” said Jerry Gaughan, CEO of St. Anthony School Programs. “We are thrilled to have him continue his relationship with us.”

Hillgrove said that he has embraced St. Anthony’s because it stands up for children with challenges. Many of them who were once institutionalized, he noted, have been mainstreamed into regular schools and programs.

“It’s a great organization,” he said. “I’ve always rooted for the underdog.”

Former Pitt quarterback Pat Bostick, who has been a sidekick of Hillgrove on Pitt broadcasts, is a member of the St. Anthony Charitable Foundation board of trustees.

The mission of St. Anthony School Programs is to educate children ages 5-21 with Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder and other intellectual disabilities.

Advance reservations for the luncheon are required. Tickets are $50 per person or $400 for a table of eight. For information or reservations, call Heather Schmuck at 724-940-9020, ext. 104, or e-mail hschmuck@stanthonykids.org.

More information about St. Anthony School Programs can be found at www.stanthonykids.org.

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