Penguins fans provided the assist on February 4 when the team and corporate partner Verizon Wireless hosted the fourth annual Cell Phone Collection for the benefit of Womansplace.
As usual, Penguins fans showed why they are the best in the National Hockey League by donating 368 cell phones and accessories which will be utilized in the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program. The HopeLine program will then refurbish or recycle the phones in an environmentally sound way and distribute the phones – complete with an allotment of complimentary cell phone minutes – to help provide assistance for women and their children affected by domestic violence.
Fans were encouraged to donate cell phones, accessories or money upon entering the CONSOL Energy Center gates. Contributions were accepted by Booster Club members until 10 minutes into the first period and every fan who donated was eligible to win autographed Penguins memorabilia.
Verizon Wireless also exhibited the spirit of giving by making a monetary donation to Womansplace! The total cash donation from Penguins fans and Verizon Wireless totaled $1,500 and all funds will be used to help end the cycle of domestic violence.
Thanks to the generosity of Penguins fans and Verizon Wireless, families affected by domestic violence continue to have lines of support available.