New Castle News

April 24, 2013

Pirates president to speak at local event

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The Pittsburgh Pirates president is coming to town.

Frank Coonelly, a Penn State University alumnus, will be the keynote speaker May 2 at the New Englander banquet center in Neshannock Township.

The event is being sponsored by the Lawrence County Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, and all proceeds will go to the chapter’s scholarship fund.

Each August the chapter awards scholarships to outstanding high school seniors who will begin their freshman year that fall.

The night out featuring Coonelly will begin with appetizers served at 6 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m.

Nick Colella, a New Castle graduate and basketball star, will also be honored for outstanding achievement during his Penn State basketball career.

A walk-on during the 2010-2011 season, Colella played in 26 games this season, and started six Big Ten games. He was awarded a scholarship for his final season.

Coonelly graduated with high distinction from Penn State  with a bachelor’s degree in public service. He earned his jurisdoctorate from Catholic University Law School in Washington, D.C. He was named president of the Pirates in 2007. He leads the Pirates’ senior management group and is accountable for the team’s success both on and off the field.

The cost of the event is $25 per person. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Monday.

A silent auction will feature a football helmet autographed by Nittany Lions football coach Bill O’Brien and three football jerseys autographed by Penn State players.

Tickets  are available from Bucky’s Barber Shop in Westgate Plaza, the Crane Room Grille on Wilmington Road or Augustine’s Pizza on East Lutton Street, or by calling Bucky Richards at (724) 730-1684.