BY MADISON KRAMER
PHOTOGRAPHS BY KASSIE JACKSON
More than 500 guests, along with Dan Rooney, Art Rooney II, and honorary chair Sy Holzer, carried on the long-standing tradition of the Art Rooney Award Dinner & Auction, held at the Westin Convention Center Hotel. Started 41 years ago by “The Chief,” Art Rooney, the event benefits the programs of the Catholic Youth Association. This year, $150,000 was netted for the organization! As supporters dined on filet mignon, scallops, and cheesecake, introductions were made to the leaders in the community as awardees. Winners included Pittsburgh Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle, The Art Rooney Award; Hefren-Tillotson CEO Kim Tillotson-Fleming, The John McGrady Award; Robert Morris University Football Coach Joe Walton, The Bob Prince Award; and KDKA-TV’s Dave Crawley, The Bill Burns Award. Says Catholic Youth Association CEO Mary Ann Heneroty, “For 41 years, leaders have been chosen from captains of industry, government leaders, religious leaders, sports heroes, and community activists. Our intent is to really honor the award winners. It is their special evening, and we want to make them feel special.”
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