Troy Polamalu

On November 14, the Steelers won’t be at Heinz Field. They will be enjoying a feast of Polynesian food including a pig roast and tropical cocktails, along with watching a Polynesian fire dance show. It’s no mid-season vacation. They’re all coming out to raise money for Troy & Theodora Polamalu.

And you’re invited, too.

This coming Friday, the Westin downtown will host the Troy & Theodora Polamalu Foundation’s Polynesian Luau. The luau is a fundraiser for the foundation’s Fa’a Samoa Initiative, Polamalu’s academic, athletic and medical mission in American Samoa; as well as The Harry Panos Fund for Veterans, benefiting Operation Once in a Lifetime, an organization providing assistance for US Veterans.

“Theodora and I are very excited to once again share the music, food and culture of my land of heritage at our second Polynesian luau in Pittsburgh,” Polamalu says. “This year we have a very special evening planned for our wonderful fans and supporters in this generous city.”

The Fa’a Samoa Initiative started out as an athletic camp but will expand to provide academic support for American Samoa youth with a goal-oriented curriculum that will launch in two schools next year. The initiative will also have a medical mission that will address healthcare issues on the island. American Samoa has one of the highest rates of obesity and the program will provide nutrition education at the camps.

The Harry Panos Fund for veterans—named after Theodora’s grandfather—not only provides assistance to veterans who are dealing with health and financial challenges but also helps make veterans’ once-in-a-lifetime wishes a reality.

During the evening, Troy and his fellow teammates will be joining guests on the dance floor and one lucky guest will take home a special door prize: two tickets to a Steelers home game with an exclusive, personal meet & greet with Troy Polamalu after the game.

Tickets for the November 14th luau are currently for sale through the Troy and Theodora Foundation Fund’s website at and are $250 for general admission and $500 for a VIP ticket.

Leah Lizarondo

Leah Lizarondo is a food advocate, writer and speaker. She is also the co-founder of 412 Food Rescue, an organization that seeks to eliminate food waste to make an impact on hunger and the environment....