Thanks to an overwhelming response from Pittsburgh Penguins fans, the team’s charity playoff “Beard-a-thon” has already raised more than $91,000 for the Mario Lemieux Foundation.
Since the start of the Penguins’ Stanley Cup playoff run, fans have been able to participate by either growing playoff beards of their own, or pledging other beards. Photos of many of the Beard-a-thon participants are posted on the Beard-a-thon page at www.pittsburghpenguins.com
In all, 1,712 fans have joined the cause by growing playoff beards.
“We are thrilled at the success of the Beard-a-thon and the generous support from the Pittsburgh Penguins and their fans,” said Tom Grealish, president of the Mario Lemieux Foundation. “Proceeds from this event will allow the Lemieux Foundation to continue our important cancer and neonatal projects.”
Fund-raising and pledges will continue through the Stanley Cup Final.