The Penguins' Tuesday tilt with Colorado was a night filled with special events.
Not only was it the second American Eagle Student Rush of the season at CONSOL Energy Center, but it was also the 20th annual “Score Against Hunger” food drive in partnership with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
“We’re so excited this year, which is our 20th year with the Penguins. They’re such good neighbors of ours,” Special Event Coordinator Traci Gergley explained.
Non-perishable food items and cash donations were collected at the Trib Total Media, Verizon and American Eagle Gates from 6:00 p.m. through the first ten minutes of the first period.
“I know around the holidays everyone should have food on their table, and I just wanted to do my part to help,” Meadville, Pa native Clovr Hoffacker said.
Since 1992 the Penguins’ “Score Against Hunger” food drives have collected over 30,000 pounds of food and $26,000 in donations. Each fan that donated a non-perishable item or cash tonight received a raffle ticket and a chance to win autographed Penguins’ memorabilia.
“It’s wonderful,” said director of community/alumni relations Cindy Himes said. The Penguins organization is honored to help so many hungry people in the Pittsburgh area, especially now around Thanksgiving.”
In addition to the food drive being held tonight, the Penguins were in the Hill District on Monday to give out Thanksgiving turkeys and other food items to families in need.
“The food drive we’re having tonight at the game funded our Thanksgiving turkey giveaway that we had in the Hill District yesterday. We provided turkeys and vegetables for 100 families,” Himes stated.
The Penguins and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank have made their mark within the community, and a big part of their success has been the continued backing of Penguins’ Nation.
“This just shows what a good place Pittsburgh is,” Gergley concluded. “We’re known for being such a wonderful sports town, and this just proves that they’re so very generous.”