Krol Media Associates, LLC is honored to join with St. Barnabas

Krol Media is joining St. Barnabas in the promotion of its annual Founder’s Day

The Founder’s Day celebration on April 28th at the Omni William Penn Hotel will begin with Rocky Bleier visiting St. Barnabas’ Nursing Home and cap off at the Omni William Penn with the Black ‘N Gold Charity “Ball” where he will be presented with the Hance Award.

For more information or to purchase tickets for this event, please visit or call (724) 443-0700 ext. 5258.

St. Barnabas has chosen Rocky Bleier to receive their 2011 Hance Award.  Bleier, a Purple Heart and Bronze Star medal winner, earned four Super Bowl rings as the Steelers starting Running Back.  He has been a long-time participant and supporter of St. Barnabas’ “PRESENTS FOR PATIENTS” Christmas program.  For the past six years Bleier has “adopted” a resident and personally delivered a gift.  One of Pittsburgh’s most beloved adopted sons, Bleier is a successful entrepreneur, motivational speaker and philanthropist.  The Hance Award is presented annually to a national figure that has had a significant impact on the lives of Americans.

Rocky Bleier’s “fighting” spirit began in his working class hometown of Appleton, Wisconsin and was forged in the Notre Dame stadium and the rice paddies of Vietnam.  In spite of being told he would never again play football, Bleier, even though undersized by NFL standards and a 16th round draft pick, worked tirelessly for two years to gain a position on the Steeler team.  He became a starting running back and racked up 3,865 yards over 12 seasons.  His will to succeed took him from injured reserve corps in 1970 to the most well known running back in Steeler history.

The Hance Award is named for Brother Gouverneur P. Hance (1871-1954), who founded St. Barnabas in 1900 as a place to provide care to those in need regardless of their ability to pay.

“Krol Media is excited for this opportunity to work with St. Barnabas and Rocky Bleier.  Congratulations, Rocky, for receiving this prestigious award.”

Susan Krol

President, Krol Media Associates