Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger didn't show up at the recent Pennsylvania Dairy Summit. But Roethlisberger's autographed jersey did, and was one of the hottest items at the summit's benefit auction for the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania.
Participants at the 2014 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit raised nearly $10,000 during a live auction and a silent auction held to support the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania's youth education initiatives.
"This auction has become a tremendous fundraising opportunity for our foundation, and we're grateful for those who supported it by donating and bidding on the items," said Emily Yeiser, the Center's dairy initiatives manager. "We were also extremely appreciative of the support received from the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania, which took the auction to an entirely new level."
The live auction had with five items and a crowd of about 300 members of the dairy industry. The two highest selling items were Roethlisberger's signed NFL jersey which was donated by the Mid-Atlantic
Dairy Association and Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program and a two-night "Gateway
to the Poconos Cottage" Getaway donated by Danadee Miller.
The auction also included a "Sponsor a Student" drive to encourage participants to give $50 to support one student in the Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow program. More than $2,500 was committed to this effort by participants. The professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania matched that $2,500 as part of their 2014 commitment to the Dairy Excellence Foundation. Another 16 items were included with silent auction bidding.