LONGTIME VILLANOVA football coach Andy Talley, who will be retiring after this season, has been involved with the national bone-marrow donation program since the early 1990s. For the last eight years his "Get in the Game, Save a Life" initiative, run in joint partnership with Be The Match, has registered more than 60,000 new donors from more than 65 schools. And in that time 278 of those registrants have been identified as a patient's perfect match and donated their stem cells or marrow to help save someone's life.

On April 8 at Springfield Country Club in Delaware County, Talley will hold his sixth annual Bash to raise money for the cause. Start time is 6:30, and Comcast SportsNet's Michael Barkann will serve as MC. This year's theme is "Dancing Throught the Decades." An Ursinus football player, Ted Conrad, will finally get to meet the person whose life he saved five years ago, a woman from Atlanta.

Tickets are $100, which is tax deductible, and includes a three-course dinner, open bar, live and silent auction, entertainment and raffle prize drawings. You have to be 21 to attend.

For more information, including sponsorship options, go to www.TalleyBoneMarrow.com.

- Mike Kern