Papale
Papale

A former football star and subject of a Disney film will be in York next month to speak for the York County Youth Development Center for troubled youth.

Vince Papale, the former Philadelphia Eagle played by Mark Wahlberg in the movie "Invincible," is the featured speaker at a fundraiser for the center, to benefit its programs for at-risk kids.

Papale holds the record as the oldest non-kicker rookie in the National Football League, joining the Eagles at age 30 in 1976. He went from being a teacher and bartender to an NFL player.

The $50-per-plate dinner will be emceed by state Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York City, and will include performances from local band Sound Reinforcement and from Street Beats, a team of performers from the Youth Development Center that uses recycled materials and buckets.

Also speaking will be Robert Shank, a former resident who will speak about his transformation through the youth center.

Organizers said the event is geared for adults and is supported entirely by sponsorships and through ticket sales.

Some corporate sponsorships are still available.

The event, which starts at 5:30 p.m., includes a silent auction. Tickets cost $50 per person and are available by calling 840-7570.

For more information, visit http://yorkcountychildrenbenefit.weebly.com or email benefitdinner@yorkcountypa.gov.

-- Reach Christina Kauff man at ckauffman@yorkdispatch.com.