ERIE, PA – Hello my name is Tara Holmes-Ruiz and I have been a 49ers fan all my life living in Erie, PA. My story starts from a tragedy but brings me to the blessing it is today. My younger brother Francisco Lasanta was a Die Hard 49ers fan and always had dreams of going to his first Niner game. Unfortunately before he could ever make it to one, he was in a motorcycle accident which took his life at only 32yrs of age.
That was when I decided to honor his memory by keeping his tradition of family football nights alive in our home. I reached out to fellow Niners across the world through social media when my friend and Niner brother Andre all the way from Niner Empire Germany helped me out. He got me connected with Rajeev Prasad and The Niner Empire Organization. After filling out a chapter application everything began falling into place. By the grace of god the NINER EMPIRE ERIE, PA Chapter was born.