2024 Hall of Fame

On Friday, November 15, 2024, the Carnegie of Homestead will honor
the 2024 Inductees for the Steel Valley Hall of Fame
and the Recipient of the Campbell Courage Award

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2024 Honorees

We are thrilled to present the 2024 Steel Valley Hall of Fame class and The Campbell Courage Hall of Fame inductees:

  • Elayne Arrington: A Homestead High alumna, the first African American woman to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from the School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. She became the first female aerospace engineer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
    Richard Bazzy: A Steel Valley alumnus, President and Owner of Shults Auto Group, who is known throughout Pittsburgh for his philanthropic endeavors.
    Bill Cherpak: An alumnus and former lineman at Steel Valley High School and the University of Pittsburgh, now esteemed as the head football coach for the Thomas Jefferson Jaguars. With an impressive record, including 5 state championships, 9 WPIAL titles, and 22 conference titles. His outstanding achievements have earned numerous Coach of the Year awards on both regional and national levels.
    Buddy Hobart: A Bishop Boyle alumnus, who is the founder and president of Solutions 21. He is a consultant, entrepreneur, author speaker, radio host, and recognized pioneer in leadership in a multi-generational workforce.
    Mayor Chris Kelly: Member of the inaugural graduating class of Steel Valley, served 35 years in law enforcement, 27 as Chief of Police, earning 5 silver stars for bravery. He managed the Carnegie Library for 4 years, and for the past 15 years, Chris has dutifully served as Mayor of West Mifflin, demonstrating his commitment to public service.
    Johno Prascak: A Pittsburgh artist born in Munhall whose work is currently displayed throughout the United States and around the globe, including Canada, Australia, Italy, Singapore, Guam, Greece, and Sweden.
    William Waldron: Steel Valley alumnus and aviation professional. A career Marine fighter pilot serving our country for over 40 years, both on active duty and as a Contractor Instructor Pilot.
    David Weir: A Steel Valley alumnus, currently the president of UPMC Workpartners which provides health and productivity solutions for employees of high-performing companies across the United States.
    Special Induction: Harmony Club of Homestead, Pennsylvania: Originally founded as the Ladies Aid of Homestead by the late Anna S. Posey in 1899, their mission continues to provide charitable work in the Homestead community and provide scholarships to deserving students from Steel Valley and West Mifflin.
    Joe Ducar: 2024 Campbell Courage Award recipient. A respected business owner in the Homestead community for over three decades, serving as President of the Campbell Community Foundation for two decades and contributing to the Steel Valley School Board, including a two-year tenure as President.

About the Awards

The Steel Valley Hall of Fame began in 2008 as an effort to honor current and former historical and contemporary residents of the Steel Valley who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in the arts, sciences, sports, business, and community service.  The 2024 class will be the fifth class inducted into the Steel Valley Hall of Fame.

The Campbell Courage Award began in 2016. This award was started by Bill Campbell in honor of his brother, Jim Campbell.  The award honors a local sports individual who made an outstanding contribution to his/her community impacting countless individuals. The Campbell Courage Award was previously housed at the Heinz History Center. Because the Campbell family are natives of Homestead, it brings special meaning and pride to the residents of the Steel Valley to host this prestigious award alongside the Steel Valley Hall of Fame inductees.

Both Hall of Fame awards are prominently displayed at the Carnegie of Homestead, serving as enduring symbols of excellence.