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Holy Family Institute and Pittsburgh Steelers to Hold 2018 Arthur J. Rooney Sr. Courage Award Luncheon
This is the 26th anniversary of the annual event.
On November 13, Holy Family Institute and the Pittsburgh Steelers will honor the recipients of the 26th Annual Courage House and Ed Block Courage Awards at the 2018 Arthur J. Rooney Sr. Courage Award Luncheon. The awards recognize an Holy Family Institute alum, as well as a current Pittsburgh Steelers player, who have demonstrated extraordinary courage in overcoming challenges in their lives.

Pittsburgh was the first city outside of Baltimore to present the annual Ed Block Courage Award, named for the head trainer of the former Baltimore Colts. Ed Block was also a champion for at-risk youth in the Baltimore area, and now every team in the NFL presents this award in his honor. Most NFL teams name a charity as its local courage house. For 26 years, Holy Family Institute has been that charity for the Steelers.

The Luncheon was founded by Dan Rooney, a longtime friend and supporter of Holy Family Institute, who passed away last year. In his honor, the Institute has created the Daniel M. Rooney Ambassador Scholarship, to be awarded annually to an incoming Nazareth Prep 9th grader who has demonstrated the values of entrepreneurship, problem solving, resilient learning and servant leadership. The scholarship was created in partnership with Art and Greta Rooney, Dan’s son and daughter-in-law. Greta is also co-chairing this year’s awards luncheon.

Holy Family Institute alumna Heather Cratsenberg (pictured)  will receive the Courage House Award. As a teen mom, Cratsenberg grappled with homelessness and hopelessness. Encouraged by Holy Family social worker Arleen Kelly, however, she worked hard to change her circumstances, earning her GED, graduating from nursing school, and eventually becoming a successful realtor, all while raising and supporting her children. “Arleen was the first social worker to treat me as if I mattered,” says Cratsenberg. “If Holy Family had not sent her to me… I know that my and [my first son’s] lives would have looked much different. She inspired me to take control and create the life that I wanted. What was given to us was much more than a social worker; we were given a life changer.” 

At the luncheon, Cratsenberg will be honored alongside a Pittsburgh Steelers player, yet to be announced, selected by teammates to receive the 2018 Ed Block Courage Award.

“We are proud to be a part of this tradition honoring members of our community who have overcome adversity,” says Holy Family Institute’s CEO, Sister Linda Yankoski. “The Institute’s mission is to restore hope and transform lives. We have found that those with the courage to transform their own lives often go on to transform their families and their communities for the better, and Holy Family Institute will continue to celebrate and bolster those efforts.”   

The Arthur J. Rooney Sr. Courage Award Luncheon will be held on Nov. 13, 2018, at Heinz Field. Registration and a silent auction – featuring unique sports memorabilia and experiences – will open at 10:30 a.m. Activities will include lunch and the presentation of awards, as well as an autograph session with current and former Steelers players.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the more than 15 programs provided to the community by Holy Family Institute, including drug and alcohol counseling, mental health counseling, in-home family services, energy assistance, and education.



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