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Steel City Softball League Christmas Drive

December 10, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bring your generosity and Holiday Spirit!

SCSL is hosting an event to benefit Brewer’s Andy Usner Christmas Drive. Gifts and cash donations will be accepted- our Board will go shopping with the money received to help spread holiday cheer.

**Recommended gifts include gloves, hats, warm clothes, blankets, and hygiene products for adults**

The Andy Usner Christmas Drive: A Legacy Continued

Steel City Softball League invites you to join us in our December event, The Andy Usner Christmas Drive. Our league may very well have never gotten off the ground without the support of Andy Usner, the original owner of Brewer’s Bar and father to current bar owner, Carol Held. When SCSL was first started, it was a constant challenge to find umpires, due to so much stigma around queer people and supporting a gay league. Andy, who was a Pittsburgh police officer at the time, stepped up without hesitation to umpire SCSL. He often brought along other ally officers with him to help make it a safer space in the early days of our league. He also financially supported the league for the majority of our seasons, a legacy that is carried on by Carol. Without the financial backing and safety net provided by Brewer’s, this league, and this board would not exist with the strength and stability that it has today.

Andy’s allyship and support didn’t end there. In addition to providing an affirming and safe social space at Brewer’s Bar, Andy also welcomed LGBTQIA+ community members who had been displaced by their families for being queer. He opened the doors to the lodging above Brewer’s Bar and made sure queer folks always had a place to stay. During the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and early 1990s, many gay men spent their final days living at Brewer’s and being embraced by Andy and his family.

To this day, Brewer’s continues to house tenants who struggle with housing and financial stability. His daughter, Carol, has carried on Andy’s legacy of ensuring that some of the most vulnerable members of our community are supported.

Carol holds this drive every year in honor of her father, to continue his commitment to the LGBTQIA community and provide cold weather and hygiene necessities to folks in need. We feel honored to join her in supporting this amazing program and carry on the work of a family who has tirelessly championed for a community that so many have discriminated against. A huge thank each and every one of you who chooses to donate, promote the event, show up, and make this community even stronger. ?

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December 10, 2023
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Brewer’s Bar
3315 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh,PA15201United States
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(412) 904-2821


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(412) 444-5064
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