Anzalone Law Offices Sponsors 65th Annual Unico Allstar Charity Football Classic
The Wilkes-Barre Chapter of UNICO recently concluded its 65th playing of the UNICO All Star Charity Football Classic.
The game was played on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at the Wyoming Area Stadium. The teams were selected by coaches chosen at the annual coaches dinner and were given the names of Unico Pioneers and Unico Miners, which will be carried into the future. These two names were selected as being symbolic of those who founded and developed the Wyoming Valley.
For the first time in the history of the game, UNICO had a general sponsor of the game, the Anzlone Law Offices. As a result, 100% of all proceeds raised through game book advertising and ticket sales will go directly to charity. This year in excess of $35,000.00 was received through game book sponsors and ticket sales all of which will be contributed to local charities at UNICO’s Annual Brian Piccolo Award Dinner to be conducted in the Spring of 2016.
Over 5,000 high school players have participated in the Annual UNICO All Star Football Game for Charity since its inception in 1951. Over the last ten years, in excess of $300,000.00 has been given to local charities. The game has seen a number of its players go on to distinguish themselves in the NFL which would include Bruce Kozerski from Coughlin, Mark Duda from Wyoming Valley West, Ron Solt from Coughlin, Bo Orlando from Berwick, Ron Powlus from Berwick, Lance and Harry Hamilton from Nanticoke, Greg Manusky from Dallas, and Jimmy Cefalo from Pittston to name a few.
This year at the player’s dinner Anzalone Law Offices presented a Sponsor’s Award to Coach John Henzes of Dunmore High School who was Wyoming Area’s first coach 50 seasons ago. Coach Henzes recently celebrated his 400 win becoming the second coach in the history of Pennsylvania to have won 400 or more games. This places him as 1 of 16 coaches with 400 or more wins.
Additionally, the Wilkes-Barre Chapter of UNICO agreed to name the Most Valuable Player’s Award in honor of George Curry who retired this season from Berwick High School. Coach GeorgeCurry holds the honor of having the most wins of any high school football coach in Pennsylvania. He has served as a model and an inspiration for all high school coaches not only in Pennsylvania but throughout the country. This year Crestwood All Star and member of the Pioneers team, Connor Sheloski, was the recipient of the Most Valuable Player trophy.
As a part of the festivities and the build up to the annual game, the Miss UNICO pageant was held and Jordhan Mahon of Tunkhannock was crowned Miss UNICO with Amber Grohowski of Nanticoke and Isabella Romani of Holy Redeemer being selected as first and second runner up.