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Franco Harris organizes to fight poverty

Associated Press Published: May 4, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Franco Harris will be honored for resurrecting his "army" to fight poverty.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame running back with the Pittsburgh Steelers will have Franco's Army to End Poverty launched by the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Foundation. The foundation will pay tribute to Harris, a long-time board member, at its third annual fundraising event to strike out poverty. It will be held June 13 at Yankee Stadium.

Linda Christian, executive director of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Foundation, says "we are so excited to revive Franco's Army and put them to work for this vital cause to end poverty around the globe."

The foundation provides health care, food, shelter, education, vocational training and advocacy in Brazil, Italy, the Philippines, Senegal and the United States.