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A one-time Pittsburgh Steeler – one of two Penn Staters who spiced up this year’s Super Bowl with one of the best commercials – will visit to New Castle in the spring.

Franco Harris to speak at PSU dinner

Franco Harris, former Penn State All-American, NFL all-pro running back and pro-football Hall-of-Famer will be the keynote speaker at a scholarship fundraising banquet of the Lawrence County Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association. The event, open to the public, is planned for May 22 at the New Englander banquet facility in Neshannock Township.

Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the chapter’s scholarship fund.

Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Harris, 68, will speak at 7:30 p.m. following dinner, sharing his story about his career, his days at Penn State and his views on issues concerning Penn State. Harris played football for former legendary coach Joe Paterno from 1969 to 1971.

When Penn State’s board of trustees fired Paterno in November 2011, Harris launched a protest to the action with a goal of seeing to the resignations of every trustee who served when Paterno lost his job.

Tickets for the event are $50 per person, or tables of eight may be purchased for $400 each. The tickets include dinner.

There will be a cash bar, a silent auction and various prizes.

Tickets are available at Bucky Richards’ Westgate Barbershop in Union Township, the Crane Room Grille at 3009 Wilmington Road, or the Penn State Shenango Campus in Sharon. They also may be purchased from Richards by calling (724) 730-1684; or by calling alumni chapter president Tom Show at (724) 656-1432.