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Pens Love Hockey Moms

by Ashley Vesci / Pittsburgh Penguins

With the help of the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and the Citrone Foundation, the team raised money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) and showed some love for all the moms out there on March 31 at CONSOL Energy Center.

“This is a fun night,” explained Dave Soltesz, President of the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation. “We love moms. That’s what it’s all about. Hockey moms, what do they do? They coach. They take the kids. They manage the team. And what do they get? Tonight’s the night to recognize them all.”

The Pens’ game against the Nashville Predators was declared “We Love Moms Night,” and the first 3,200 women (18 and older) in attendance received a unique Michael Kors canvas tote with “To my favorite hockey mom ... you bring glamour to the game. MK,” inscripted on the inside.

“We did a giveaway of Michael Kors-designed tote bags that are exclusive limited edition and only available tonight that Michael designed,” explained Cindy Citrone of the Citrone Foundation.

Fans had three opportunities to donate to BCRF throughout the evening. All proceeds from the Penguins Foundation 50/50 raffle and silent auction benefited BCRF.

The Penguins Foundation auctions off sports memorabilia every game, but for We Love Moms Night, they auctioned “Glam” items -- including products from Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton and Tory Burch.

Fans also had the option to text donations accommodated by a nice message to 646-681-5166.

“We at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and the Citrone Foundaton wanted to find a way to honor moms,” Citrone said. “Particularly hockey moms, because we all know that hockey moms are really tough and they spend a lot of time.

“We owe them a lot. I’m a hockey mom. So we thought we’d do something special with some giveaways. And at the same time, what a better way to honor Mom than to raise some money for breast cancer so we can honor all moms and all women and men who suffer from breast cancer.”

We Love Moms Night was designed to celebrate all mothers and offer a special thanks to hockey moms in the area.

Local youth hockey organizations had the opportunity to nominate some well-deserving moms to receive free tickets to the game. A total of 25 young players got to bring their moms to the game, and the women received pink t-shirts that read “I Love Being a Hockey Mom,” hats that said “We Love Moms” and mystery-signed pucks for their kids to unveil.

“I was one of the business managers for Ian’s (her son’s) Aviators team, and one of the other moms nominated me,” said Dawn Lecker, a hockey mom of eight years. “I’m super excited. It’s the first game we’ve got to come to all season together. Lots of hockey moms stuff. You got to love that.”

The Penguins organization does a lot of charity work throughout the year, and the fans are happy to see them doing something so special.

“It’s exciting because it impacts so many people and so many people that I know,” Debbie Bailey a hockey mom said. “It’s important and it’s nice that the Pens draw attention to this disease in this way.”

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