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Penguins to Host Collections To Benefit Local Charities in March

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins are asking fans attending upcoming home games at Mellon Arena to generously support three unique collections that will be held during the month of March.  The drives will benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

“Pittsburgh Penguins fans have a history of going above and beyond to support non-profit organizations when any type of collection is held,” said Penguins vice president of marketing James Santilli.  “The three charities that will benefit from these drives have been great resources within our community for decades.   It is our goal to help them continue to offer their services to those in need, especially during this challenging economic time.”

The Penguins will join forces with StarKist® to collect non-perishable food items and cash donations on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 when the Penguins face the Florida Panthers.  StarKist® will match cash donations made by fans, dollar for dollar, and will also donate StarKist® tuna products to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to support the cause.  All proceeds will benefit the Food Bank.  Charlie® and StarKist® employees will assist food bank staff with the collection at Tuesday’s game. 

The second collection, a children’s book drive to benefit the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, is scheduled for Friday, March 20 when the Penguins host the Los Angeles Kings.  Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used children’s books to the game that will be distributed to local Carnegie Library branches throughout the Pittsburgh area.  Cash donations are also welcome and will be used to purchase new books.

The final collection of the season will be a clothing drive to benefit Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania.  The event will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2009 when the Penguins play the New York Rangers in an afternoon match-up.  Fans are asked to bring gently worn clothing items or cash donations to the game.  Only clothing items will be accepted.  Fans with household or computer goods are encouraged to take those items their local Goodwill donation center.

Donations for each drive will be collected at Mellon Arena Gates 1, 3 and 10 through the first 10 minutes of the first period.

For more information, please contact the Penguins Community Relations office at 412-642-1903.


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