Ambassador Dan Rooney was presented with a lifetime achievement award at the April 30 Chamber of Commerce luncheon. (Photo by Kelsey Shea).

by Kelsey Shea

COCchartThe North Side North Shore Chamber of Commerce held its annual luncheon on April 30 to recognize local businesses.

The luncheon was held at Heinz Field and the chamber awarded a several businesses and individuals for the services they provide in the neighborhoods.

“We do this to recognize the outstanding contributions of Northside businesses,” said chamber president Eric Shumann, of Tucker Arensberg.

Life-long Northsider Ambassador Dan Rooney was recognized for a lifetime achievement award for his commitment to the area.
“The Northside is coming back,” said Rooney. “Largely thanks to the good people who live here.”

KDKA Sports Director Bob Pompeani acted as master of ceremonies, and Dan Onorato, chief external affairs and communications officer at Highmark, was the key note speaker.

Because the luncheon came the day after the announcement of the Highmark and West Penn merger, Onorato focused his speech on Highmark’s role in the community and how that would improve going forward.

“The Northside chamber can count on Highmark to be a good corporate partner,” said Onorato.