With funds collected on game nights from the 50/50 Raffle, the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation will donate $527,400 to local 501c3 charitable organizations through the first phase of this season's grant distribution.
In the first phase, over 42 charities will be receiving Penguins Foundation grants including Best Buddies, Jameson's Army, Cribs for Kids, STAT, Inc., Jamie's Dream Team, Heitz 61 Memorial Foundation, Family House, Inc., Friends to Friends, Luminari, Inc., Matilda Theiss Western Psychiatric Institute, Operation Troop Appreciation, Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh, Children's Sickle Cell Foundation, Variety the Children's Charity, The Friendship Circle of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Kids Foundation, Wesley Spectrum, and many more.
Since 2014, the Foundation's contributions have jumped from $250,000 to over $500,000 during the first phase of grant distribution. This substantial increase is a testament to the team's dedicated fans who participate in the 50/50 Raffle at Penguins home games.
"We are extremely excited to donate over a half a million dollars during our first phase of grants. We definitely could not do this without our fans who participate in the 50/50 Raffle during Penguins home games at PPG Paints Arena," said Dave Soltesz, President of the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation. "It is because of our fans that we are able to put so much back into the community and make such a large impact on these charities."
Grants from the Foundation are distributed throughout the season in two phases. Phase one concluded in February and the second phase will run through the end of the Penguins season. Eligible organizations are encouraged to apply for a grant at www.pittsburghpenguinsfoundation.org. All phase two applications are due by April 1.