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Pittsburgh Penguins, Penguins Booster Club & Wendell August Forge Team Up With Donation of More Than $22,000 to Charity

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
PITTSBURGH -- During the 2010 holiday season, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Penguins Booster Club and Wendell August Forge joined forces to sell a specially-designed set of three “icicle” holiday ornaments for the benefit of the Autism Society of Pittsburgh.  Their combined efforts raised more than $22,650 – representing  the largest single donation ever made to the charity.

The ornament set was created by the artisans at Wendell August Forge especially for this charity project.  Ornament sets were sold at Penguins home games and at the Wendell August Forge store location in Grove City.  The Penguins also auctioned ornaments online, with each ornament featuring a Penguins’ player or coach autograph.     

At Sunday’s game, Booster Club President Melinda Harty presented Dan Torisky, President of the Autism Society of Pittsburgh, with a check in the amount of $21,117.73 representing all ornament sales at the CONSOL Energy Center.   

Also on hand were Chief Sales Architect Christian Werner and Master Engraving Craftsman Christopher Bulfone from Wendell August Forge.  They presented a check in the amount of $1,535.40; which is 10% of their gross ornament sales.  Wendell August Forge also donated the creation of the die for the aluminum, bronze & copper ornament sets, making it possible to sell the ornaments at an affordable price.

The total donation is $22,653.13.

"Every opportunity we've had to partner with the Penguins has been an overwhelming success. They are a world class organization and an absolute pleasure to work with," says Wendell August president, Will Knecht. "The presentation of this check to support Autism research hits especially close to home for one of the families at Wendell August and we are honored to support this most-worthy cause.”

“This donation will help support so many families affected by autism in the Pittsburgh area and on behalf of them, I am most sincerely grateful,” stated Torisky.
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