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ESPN's Buccigross donates $13,000 to Foligno charities

John Buccigross fulfills pledge to donate $500 for every Foligno goal this season

by Allie Dosmann /

Yesterday was a big day for Nick Foligno and his charities. ESPN personality John Buccigross pledged $500 to Foligno charities for every goal he scored during the 2016-17 season, and yesterday, he fulfilled his promise. With Foligno's 26 goals on the year, second on the Blue Jackets, Buccigross donated $13,000. He split the money between the Foligno Family Cardiovascular Research Lab and the Janis Foligno Foundation.

There was no question that Buccigross was going to stay true to his word, as he was consistently checking in on Foligno and his success this season.

The donations are a great addition to an amazing year for contributions to the causes the Blue Jackets' Captain feels passionate about. Before the start of the season, Foligno gave $1 million split between Nationwide Children's Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital in honor of his daughter, Milana. Milana was born with a congenital heart defect that was diagnosed by Nationwide. Soon after, she received her surgeical procedure by Boston Children's Hospital.

In addition to Foligno's personal donation and the efforts of Buccigross, Papa Johns donated $500 to the Janis Foligno Foundation for every goal Foligno scored. They also gave a percentage of every Defender pizza sold.

Foligno is evidently extremely appreciative of the graciousness.

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