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UPMC Mercy Trauma and Burn Centers to Benefit from Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery Events

PITTSBURGH, March 10, 2010 – As a tribute to firefighters across the nation and a fundraiser for the region’s only Level I regional resource trauma center and comprehensive burn center under one roof, Pittsburgh’s Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery is teaming up for the eighth consecutive year with area fire departments for a month-long promotion to benefit the Gertrude P. and Donald C.W. Birmingham Trauma and Burn Center at UPMC Mercy.

Beginning March 11 and running through April 4, Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery will feature a variety of special events to raise money for the Center.

The schedule of events for March 2010 includes:

  • Firefighter guest bartenders from 7 to 9 p.m. each Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the month of March
  • March 11 - a pig roast beginning at 5 p.m., and the tapping of Rock Bottom’s limited run of Fire Chief Ale at 7 p.m.
  • March 17 - local fire departments will flex their muscles with a fire truck show, with an awards ceremony to honor “best of show.”
  • March 21 - fire chief “Steel City Chef” competition, during which four teams will compete against each other in Rock Bottom’s own kitchen stadium. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the competition begins at 6 p.m. Following the judging will be a special trivia night.
  • March 24 - Monte Carlo Night/Night at the Races with betting on the ponies, table games, guest dealers and fabulous prizes.
  • March 28 - fire chief “Fire Fighter Challenge” will be held in the Rock Bottom Parking lot from 1 to 4 p.m., with an obstacle course and skills competition against the clock.
  • March 31 - fire chief karaoke contest, open to all, will be held at Sing Sing, right next to Rock Bottom at 171 East Bridge St., in the Waterfront, Homestead, Pa., with doors opening at 6 p.m., and the contest beginning at 7 p.m. Those who sign up in advance to participate will receive a gift certificate to use that night, and the singer who brings in the most donations will receive a $100 grand prize.

Over the past eight ears, Pittsburgh’s Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery has donated more than $50,000 to the Center. Projects benefitting from past years’ events include the Trauma and Burn Center’s Enchanted Forest, a child life activity area designed for pediatric burn patients, as well as the McAuley Inn, a hospitality wing located in UPMC Mercy hospital that, for a nominal fee, provides a “home away home” for family members of UPMC Mercy patients.

Pittsburgh’s Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery is located at 171 E. Bridge St. in the Waterfront, Homestead, Pa.

For more information about any of the Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery’s Fire Chief Ale events, please contact assistant general manager Joshua Ward at (412) 462-2739.

About UPMC Mercy Trauma and Burn Center

The UPMC Mercy provides comprehensive trauma and burn care to patients from the initial treatment through rehabilitation. UPMC Mercy is designated as a Level I Regional Resource Trauma Center by the Pennsylvania Trauma Systems Foundation and is the only center in the region with Level I trauma and comprehensive burn capabilities under the same roof. UPMC Mercy’s experienced team of attending trauma and burn surgeons treats patients from the tri-state region in the state-of-the-art Gertrude P. and Donald C.W. Birmingham Trauma and Burn Center. Approximately one-third of the burn patients UPMC Mercy treats each year are under the age of 15. The trauma and burn team includes attending physicians who specialize in multi-system trauma and are in-house 24 hours a day. The center provides immediate access to specialists in neurosciences, orthopaedics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, as well as the latest technology and facilities 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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