Bid for Hope Heads to Jergel’s Rhythm Grille!

By Rosemary Garrity

 The eleventh annual Bid for Hope event has found a new venue, Jergel’s Rhythm Grille located close to the I-79 Warrendale exit.  Jergel’s offers an expanded space for the more than 300 supporters of A Glimmer of Hope Foundation expected to attend this event on Monday, Oct. 29.  This 501-3c organization continues to fund breast cancer research, in particular, for the pre-menopausal population. In addition, Glimmer has purchased innovative, as well as, much needed equipment for hospitals in the Pittsburgh area. Over $1.6 million has been invested in Western Pennsylvania to fund pre-menopausal breast cancer research.

Jergel’s is the perfect site to host Bid for Hope.  This two-story building has several areas designed to accommodate a large crowd. One side of the main floor will house the fantastic auction items, while a private section is designated for the first hour, when attendees can have their footballs signed by a group of Steelers, who are a major attraction.  Heath Miller, the spokesperson for Glimmer, and his wife, Katie, are always there to demonstrate their support. Understanding that it is necessary to have a lot of funding for the research, Miller explains his and his wife’s willingness to help Glimmer. “A lot of women are faced with breast cancer and that struggle and there is not a lot of research on the pre-menopausal stage of it.  It’s neat to see where it goes. We are happy to help them out.”  Former Steeler Alan Faneca and his wife, Julie, will also be there.  Even though they now live in New Orleans, they travel the distance because of their commitment to the cause.  Julie said, “A Glimmer of Hope is a unique foundation where you know where your donation is being spent and is being used to save lives. We look forward to the event every year and will continue to be a part of A Glimmer of Hope  until there is a cure.”

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