December 11, 2012 | Vol. 73 No. 20

Heinz History Center commemorates 40th Anniversary Immaculate Reception

The Senator John Heinz History Center and Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Immaculate Reception with several events and activities this month.

The History Center will host a special public event on Saturday, Dec. 22, titled, “Immaculate Reception Memories,” where fans can relive the greatest play in NFL history with those directly involved in it. The event, which begins at noon, will feature the screening of a new NFL Films documentary along with special appearances by members of the 1972 Steelers team, including Franco Harris, John “Frenchy” Fuqua, Andy Russell, Rocky Bleier, Mike Wagner, and more.

Also scheduled to appear are fans involved in the play, including Jim Baker, who owns the Immaculate Reception game ball that is currently on display in the Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibition, and Sharon Levosky, who helped launch the name of the “Immaculate Reception” on Myron Cope’s television show.

The “Immaculate Reception Memories” event is expected to sell out, so fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $25 for History Center members. All tickets include admission to Gridiron Glory and all History Center exhibitions.

To purchase tickets, visit http://www.showclix.com/event/ImmaculateReceptionMemories or call 1-888-71-TICKETS.

The History Center and the Pittsburgh Steelers have established a special monument fund that will honor the franchise’s greatest play and preserve an important turning point in Pittsburgh history.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Immaculate Reception, the History Center and the Steelers will erect a monument, which is sponsored by ATI, at the exact location of the play near Heinz Field. Fans are encouraged to contribute to the monument fund and receive limited edition collectable items based on contribution levels ($40, $80, and $120).

All tax-deductible donations to the History Center will also receive a personalized Immaculate Reception donation certificate that is suitable for framing. Quantities are limited so fans are encouraged to make their donation at www.heinzhistorycenter.org or by calling 412-454-6445.

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