KSWA Fan Fest and Allegheny County Family Toy Drive Returns After Pandemic Interruption
Four games for the professional wrestling title are part of a charity event featuring two members of the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and, possibly, a partridge in a pear tree.
The Keystone State Wrestling Alliance will be holding its 13th Fan Fest and Holiday Toy Drive on December 4th at Three Rivers Harley-Davidson in the Glenshaw section of Shaler.
Customers are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for those in need. Toys are being collected for the Allegheny County Social Service Department Holiday Project.
“It’s a way of giving back,” said KWSA owner and promoter Bobby Orkwis. “We have the opportunity to say thank you to the fans, and we believe in being very community oriented.
“It’s always one of the best shows of the year because we don’t just have to give back to the fans, but also to underprivileged young people. Our expectations are high. It is a great place. Wrestling and motorcycles go hand in hand. It should be a fun time.
Over 100 toys have been collected in each previous fanfest, which DHS director Erin Dalton appreciates.
“The Keystone State Wrestling Alliance has supported the Holiday Project for over a decade, and we truly appreciate their continued generosity,” said Dalton. “We are fortunate in Allegheny County to have community groups of all sizes and from very diverse sectors, who have come together to provide donations and ensure that children and youth facing challenges can feel of normality during the holidays. “
The Fan Fest was canceled last year due to the pandemic.
The company was able to secure the site through a partnership with George Gatto, President of Gatto Harley-Davidson as well as President and Dealer Operator of Gatto Cycle Shop in Tarentum.
“It’s almost like it’s brand new again,” Orkwis said.
KSWA also hosted their Halloween Show at the Motorcycle Shop earlier this year.
Heavyweight champion Anthony Alexander puts his title on the line against Edric Everhart.
Local wrestling legends Bubba the Bulldog and Super Hentai will take on “The Rev”. Ron Hunt and AJ Alexander.
Tag Team Titles will be decided in a challenge match with Champions The Renegades vs. “Officer” Dan Murphy and Harley T. Morris vs. “The Ram” Anthony Drake and Sin Born vs. “The King” Del Douglas and the own BROhemoth by Verona.
Golden Triangle champion Shane Starr defends his belt against Lucio Deveer.
Scarlett and Gabby Gilbert face off in the first Donna Christanello Memorial Game.
Donna Christenello, originally from Pittsburgh, was a professional wrestler trained by women’s wrestling icon and WWE Hall of Fame member The Fabulous Moolah. Christenello was active from the late 1960s to the 1980s and was the National Wrestling Alliance tag team champion with his partner Toni Rose in the 1970s.
Christanello was inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2009. She passed away in August 2011 at the age of 69.
She and her niece, Angie Minelli, are both in the KSWA Hall of Fame, though neither have officially wrestled for the company. Orkwis called the pair of women’s wrestling pioneers in Steel City.
“We always try to honor our past,” Orkwis said. “We thought it would be a great way to honor (Christanello) by hosting the very first Memorial Game.”
Special guests James J. Dillon and “Cowboy” Bob Orton, both members of the WWE Hall of Fame, are also expected.
The card is subject to change.