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Art Rooney Award Dinner & Auction honors Ward

| Sunday, April 10, 2011

A swarm of more than 600 was buzzing Thursday in anticipation of the arrival of Steelers charmer Hines Ward for the Art Rooney Award Dinner & Auction. He nearly caused a fan meltdown once he arrived fully accessorized with "Dancing with the Stars" partner Kym Johnson on his arm.

Immediately taking center stage in preparation for his acceptance of the 2011 Art Rooney Award, the duo was bombarded with questions regarding his newfound glory as a dancing legend in La La Land.

"She kicked my butt earlier today during practice. ... I really didn't know what I signed up for," he mused. "She wants me -- after my football career is done -- to tour with world with her."

Once the waters parted and the evening officially kicked off, fellow honorees -- Pirates Bill Mazeroski and Neil Walke r, New Pittsburgh Courier publisher Rod Doss, and Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank co-founder Joyce Rothermel accepted their accolades, the evening raising more than $150K for the Catholic Youth Association.

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