Pittsburgh Penguins fans are proudly showing support for their team and the Mario Lemieux Foundation by donating over $60,000 to the organization’s second annual playoff “Beard-A-Thon” campaign. To date, over 1,200 Penguins fans worldwide have dropped their razors and picked up the cause.
Fans are encouraged to sign up to grow a playoff beard or pledge their favorite beard grower throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs at www.beardathon.com/penguins
. Those who prefer not to grow playoff beards (or are unable to do so!) are encouraged to participate by supporting friends, family members or celebrity beard growers including Mario Lemieux
, Maxime Talbot
and Pascal Dupuis
“It’s not too late to join the cause. The participation - and the beards - continue to grow each day,” said the team’s vice president of marketing, James Santilli.
Prizes, featuring tours of Consol Energy Center and autographed items, will be awarded to this year’s top three fundraisers.
The Penguins continue to lead all participating NHL teams in the number of beard growers, the number of pledges and total money raised.
The Mario Lemieux Foundation is dedicated to raising funds for cancer and neonatal research as well as Austin’s Playroom Project, an initiative that creates sibling playrooms in medical facilities. Additional information about the Mario Lemieux Foundation is available at www.mariolemieux.org
. All donations to the Mario Lemieux Foundation are tax deductible.