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Steelers are stunningly good sports as fashion-show fundraiser celebrates 40th year

| Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
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Art Rooney II, Greta Rooney and Rocky Bleier during Steelers Fashion Show – Cancer Caring Center at Heinz Field on Friday, October 24, 2014.
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Troy & Theodora Polamalu watch as sons Paisios and Ephraim dance their way across the runway during Steelers Fashion Show – Cancer Caring Center at Heinz Field on Friday, October 24, 2014.
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Brett Keisel during Steelers Fashion Show – Cancer Caring Center at Heinz Field on Friday, October 24, 2014.
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Wide receiver Lance Moore during Steelers Fashion Show – Cancer Caring Center at Heinz Field on Friday, October 24, 2014.
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Leslie & Dave Cunningham with Rebecca Whitlinger during Steelers Fashion Show – Cancer Caring Center at Heinz Field on Friday, October 24, 2014.
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Cindy Citrone, Deb Wheeler and Elizabeth Brady during Steelers Fashion Show – Cancer Caring Center at Heinz Field on Friday, October 24, 2014.
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Sara Sirianni and Nichole Hamelly during Steelers Fashion Show – Cancer Caring Center at Heinz Field on Friday, October 24, 2014.
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Chelsea Pompeani, Celina Pompeani and Lisa Pompeani during Steelers Fashion Show – Cancer Caring Center at Heinz Field on Friday, October 24, 2014.
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Mike & Kiya Tomlin during Steelers Fashion Show – Cancer Caring Center at Heinz Field on Friday, October 24, 2014.
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Steelers Fashion Show – Cancer Caring Center at Heinz Field on Friday, October 24, 2014.
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Rocky Bleier during Steelers Fashion Show – Cancer Caring Center at Heinz Field on Friday, October 24, 2014.
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Antonio Brown & family during Steelers Fashion Show – Cancer Caring Center at Heinz Field on Friday, October 24, 2014.
Steelers Fashion Show – Cancer Caring Center at Heinz Field on Friday, October 24, 2014. Mike Mancini | for the Tribune-Review
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Steelers Fashion Show – Cancer Caring Center at Heinz Field on Friday, October 24, 2014.
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Brett Keisel during Steelers Fashion Show – Cancer Caring Center at Heinz Field on Friday, October 24, 2014.

By the time the PittsburghSteelers were through with the runway during the Black & Gold Style fashion show on Oct. 24, quitting their day jobs had become a completely viable option.

“Looking good,” quipped Art Rooney II, who co-chaired the event along with his wife, Greta, and Mike and Kiya Tomlin. “I guess you'd call it ‘lookin' pretty fly.' ”

With the East Club Lounge of Heinz Field buzzing with anticipation for the show to begin, director Demeatria Boccella teased the sweet dreams that were yet to come with the arrival of some model “referees” who clearly belonged on the cover of GQ.

“We usually do it, but we're busy tonight,” joked the team's merchandising director Tim Carey as he pointed to colleague Burt Lauten.

When the lights finally dimmed, DJ James Selecta first welcomed back to the stage the original co-captain of the first-ever Steelers Style from 40 years ago, Rocky Bleier.

From there, B.W. Webb, Ross Ventrone (winner of this year's Swag Award), andJosh Harris nixed strutting in favor of dancing, Troy and Theodora Polamalu graciously took a backseat to sons Paisios and Ephraim as they trumped all with their own set of moves, and Ben Roethlisberger provoked a collective swoon when he appeared with daughter Baylee in his arms.

Proceeds from the evening benefited the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program and the Cancer Caring Center, a 24-year beneficiary.

“The Steelers are unbelievable. I feel like they're an extended family,” said the Center's executive director Rebecca Whitlinger. “It's a dream come true — in many, many different ways.”

Also spied were Deb Wheeler, Cindy Citrone, UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program director Dr. Mickey Collins, Leslie and Dave Cunningham, emcees Bob Pompeani andTamara Tunie, and the event's honorary co-captains, Steelers players Kelvin Beachum and Cam Heyward.

Kate Benz is the social columnist for Trib Total Media and can be reached at kbenz@tribweb.com, 412-380-8515 or via Twitter @KateBenzTRIB.

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