Throughout the 2006-07 season, the Penguins accepted game day birthday announcement requests from fans with a $20 donation to charity.
As part of the Penguins extensive community outreach program, the team then donated all birthday donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater PA & Southern WV to assist in the fulfillment of wishes for local children. As of April 3, the donations had reached $9,200.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® is a non-profit organization, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Pittsburgh-area chapter is currently the most active in the country fulfilling over 9,000 wishes.
“The Penguins’ organization is honored to support Make-A-Wish and the children and families they serve,” stated Dave Soltesz, Penguins Vice President of Sales & Marketing.
The Penguins have a long-standing partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In November, the team held its annual Make-A-Wish Practice & Party for 25 Wish families.
In addition, Penguins alternate captain Mark Recchi and his wife Alexa hosted Wish families in their luxury suite at home games.