Polamalu’s Polynesian Luau entertains with fire dancers, auction
For 400 guests of Troy andTheodora Polamalu‘s Polynesian Luau, the mere sight of their beloved No. 43 unleashed the kind of excitement typically reserved for Christmas morning. By the time half the Steelers roster and a fire marshall appeared, the room ignited.
“If this is your first year here, trust me, you’re going to be blown away,” said WDVE’s Randy Baumann.
If the ballroom walls of the Westin Convention Center hotel could talk, their recount of the Nov. 14 event would become the stuff that legends are made of. Inside, Bonnie Walker Events unveiled an exotic island vibe with towering bamboo centerpieces and moody lighting that had everyone talking. Then, the call of the wild kept eyes glued to the stage for a performance by Netane Polynesian Productions that segued into a collective jaw-drop when the fire dancers appeared.
With the room buzzing, an auction inspired Ike Taylor to take over the mic as he egged his fellow teammates on to bid. “All the money in here and no one’s got $13,500 for a Rolex?” he asked, laughing, before Fran Azur upped the ante by snagging a custom motorcycle for $45K.
“I’ve never been on a motorcycle in my life,” Azur said. “I have no idea what I’m going to do with it. But I wanted to help the foundation because it was for a good cause.”
The evening raised $330K, with proceeds benefitting the Polamalu Foundation’s Fa’a Samoa Initiative and the veteran-focused Operation Once in a Lifetime.
Polamalu is “amazing on the field, but an even better person off the field,” said Sione Milford.
Spied were Rob and Cindy Citrone, Deb Wheeler, Josh andShaina Schachter, Jarrod and MeganDuffy, Athena Sarris Simms andIan Simms, Greg andSimone Lignelli, Rep. Aumua Amata, Army Staff Sgts. Kody Garnhart, Ty Demarest and James Cavan and Warrant Officer Danny Devlin.