Pittsburgh Penguins co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle have personally donated $100,000 each to assist Pittsburgh institutions battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
The joint $200,000 donation will be split equally between Highmark Health and UPMC for specific programs related to the health crisis.
The Highmark Health donation will go toward a new Mobile COVID-19 Testing Unit, which will enable medical professionals to reach more communities and meet the growing demand for testing. It will focus on under-served populations and communities such as Hazelwood, Duquesne, Clairton and the Hill District.
The UPMC donation will benefit the UPMC Children's Hospital Helpers Fund, providing fast and flexible support to families and caregivers who are impacted by COVID-19. Examples of the services offered include delivering necessities such as food, formula, toiletries and household items to patients and their families. For more information, please go to: https://www.givetochildrens.org/helpers?sf120297370=1.
"We are so proud of how the Penguins players, coaches, staff and management have stepped forward to assist our community," Lemieux and Burkle said in a joint statement. "We hope that these donations can help Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities deal with this unprecedented crisis."