From the moment they stepped onto the green carpeted entrance of Heinz Field guests were immersed in the charms of an Irish village. Life-sized photos of Irish cottages, pubs and shops decorated the entrances, cocktail and dining spaces, while guests were welcomed with pints of Guinness. AIF Chairman’s Award Honoree David Malone and his family greeted guests along with Ambassador and Mrs. Daniel Rooney.
The evening’s theme, “Heart of the Community” was a tip o’ the hat to Mr. Malone’s generous donation of his time and energies to a number of Pittsburgh charities.
A Celtic ‘Flash Mob’ of dancers form the Burke-Conroy School of Dance sporting masks of David Malone’s face, led guests into dinner, where Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and Steelers President Arthur J. Rooney, II offered a traditional Irish toast.
Raising a glass in honor of Mr. Malone were: Kieran McLoughlin President & CEO of The Worldwide Ireland Funds, Irish Minister Paul Rabitte, Dinner Chairman Sy Holzer, president of PNC Bank Pittsburgh, along with dinner committee members Jack & Lisa Barbour, Jeff Bergman, Charles Bogosta, Glenn Buterbaugh, Leo Gerard, David Morehouse, Michael Mullen, Tony Quatrini, Greta K. Rooney, Cliff Rowe, and Michael Zamagias.