Over 1,300 Pittsburgh Penguins fans have dropped their razors to pick up the cause – and have done so in dramatic fashion. To date, over $40,000 has been pledged to the Mario Lemieux Foundation through the Penguins “Beard-a-thon” campaign. The amount will continue to grow since the team advanced to Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Penguins’ fan who raises the most money will win an autographed Sidney Crosby
jersey and be recognized at a home game during the 2009-10 season. The Penguins announced Monday they will also award Penguins autographed items to the second and third place beard-growers on the leader board.
Fans can still participate in the beard-a-thon in one of three ways – grow a beard, pledge a friend, family member or co-worker who is growing a beard or pledge a participating Penguins player.
Participants in the Penguins Beard-a-thon can invite family, friends and business associates to pledge their playoff beards. So, every day the fan maintains his beard, more money is raised for the Mario Lemieux Foundation. Fans who are unwilling or unable to grow playoffs beards can also pledge Penguins players Maxime Talbot or Pascal Dupuis
. One-time donations are also accepted. All donations to the Mario Lemieux Foundation are tax deductible.
For more information or to enroll in the Penguins Beard-a-thon, please log onto www.beardathon.com/penguins
Additional information about the Mario Lemieux Foundation is available at www.mariolemieux.org