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Charlie Batch and projectart on WQED-TV

Charlie Batch recently came together with projectart to help local kids participate in free after-school art classes at public libraries. The projectart programs are now available at six area Carnegie libraries. To promote the organization, WQED-TV aired a three-minute video about the program. Watch the video here, and look for Charlie around the two minute mark! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=porl0lryj3g

2019-03-22T14:01:10+00:00March 22nd, 2019|News|

Saltsburg Faculty Take on Charlie Batch and Steelers in Charity Basketball Game

On Friday, Charlie Batch joined fellow Pittsburgh Steelers for a charity basketball game against the faculty at Saltsburg High School. The game included an autograph session during half time. The local Indiana Gazette was there to cover the big game. See the article and photos here. 

2019-03-19T19:05:47+00:00March 19th, 2019|News|

Charlie Batch to be Inducted into WPIAL Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019

Today, WPIAL announced that Charlie Batch will be inducted into the WPIAL Hall of Fame! Other members of the class of 2019 inductees include Bruce Gradkowski and Paul Posluszny. A total of 16 individuals and two teams make up the 13th class, and no previous class had as many pro players. This class includes a current NFL player, three former NFL players and also former NBA and MLB [...]

2019-02-21T18:54:23+00:00February 21st, 2019|News|

Charlie Gets Creative with Jeff Hartings, Kids and Projectart

On Feb. 13, Charlie had a great time hanging out with Jeff Hartings at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for their projectart program. The kids were AWESOME! Projectart is an organization dediated to transforming public libraries into vital cultural hubs through artist residencies where contemporary visual artists teach free, after-school art classes to underserved youth, while developing new artwork in the library. Find out more about the [...]

2019-02-19T19:13:34+00:00February 14th, 2019|News|

Charlie Batch Helps to Unveil Butter Sculpture at 103rd PA Farm Show

On January 3, Charlie Batch joined PA Governor Tom Wolf , Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding, and other special guests to unveil the Butter Sculpture at the 103rd PA Farm Show in Harrisburg. The theme of this year's butter sculpture is "Find Your Power," and the carvings made from a half-ton of butter depict doctors, athletes, soldiers, firefighters and dairy farmers in superhero capes. See photos of [...]

2019-01-17T03:33:02+00:00January 4th, 2019|News|

UPMC Community Provider Services Lends a Hand to Batch-A-Toys

As part of their CMS RAVEN initiative, UPMC Community Provider Services is helping children and families have a brighter holiday season with Batch-A-Toys. Their group partnered with the Charlie Batch and the Best of the Batch Foundation to donate gifts and spread Christmas cheer! To learn more about Batch-A-Toys, click here.

2019-01-22T23:17:04+00:00December 15th, 2018|News|

Batch-A-Toys “Runs on Dunkin”

Special thanks to the Dunkin Donuts Pittsburgh Team who came out to the Best of the Batch Foundation to support our Batch-A-Toys event! This group worked with Charlie Batch and the foundation team to wrap dozens of presents for children and families this holiday season. For more information about Batch-A-Toys, click here. 

2019-01-22T23:17:19+00:00December 13th, 2018|News|

Best Buy Team Gives Back at Best of the Batch Foundation

Thank you to the team of Best Buy volunteers who generously donated their time and energy to wrap presents for Batch-A-Toys! We are grateful for their continued partnership and support. For more information about Batch-A-Toys, please visit: BatchFoundation.org  

2019-01-22T23:17:59+00:00December 12th, 2018|News|

South University Wraps Gifts for Batch-Toys

The 2018 Batch-A-Toys season is off to a great start, with volunteers from South University joining Charlie Batch to wrap dozens of gifts last Friday! Batch-A-Toys is a significant community program where the Foundation adopts more than 100 Allegheny County families and provides toys and essential household items (dishes, glassware, sheets, pots, etc.) More than 6,000 toys and household products are donated and wrapped by more than [...]

2019-01-22T23:18:48+00:00December 11th, 2018|News|