The Pittsburgh Penguins are encouraging fans to "grow one for the team" and participate in one of hockey's most visible traditions - the playoff beard. The Pittsburgh Penguins Beard-A-Thon is an opportunity for fans to grow their own beards and raise money for charity. Proceeds from the 2017 Penguins Beard-A-Thon presented by SUPERCUTS benefit the Mario Lemieux Foundation.
Participants will invite family, friends and business associates to pledge their playoff beards. By joining the Pittsburgh Penguins Beard-A-Thon, fans promise to maintain their beards as long as the team remains in the playoffs. At the end of the campaign, prizes - including a team signed jersey, items autographed by Mario Lemieux and current Penguins players and free haircuts for a year courtesy of SUPERCUTS - will be awarded to the top three fundraisers.
Fans who sign-up to participate in Penguins Beard-A-Thon through April 12 will be entered for a chance to win two free tickets to Game 2 versus Columbus on Friday.
Fans who are unwilling, or unable, to grow playoffs beards are encouraged to support the beard-growing efforts of participating Penguins players. Fans can submit donations directly to the profiles of Nick Bonino, Ian Cole, Phil Kessel, Matt Murray, Justin Schultz and Scott Wilson at beardathon.com/penguins. Anyone who donates $10 or more to a participating Penguins player will automatically be entered for a chance to win a special 50th anniversary jersey autographed by Mario Lemieux.
For more information on all of the contests or to sign-up for Penguins Beard-A-Thon, please visit beardathon.com/penguins.
Since Beard-A-Thon began in 2009, hockey fans across North America have raised over $3.5 million for hockey related charities. Penguins' fans have raised over $442,000 to support the Mario Lemieux Foundation. The Penguins are the top grossing team in fundraising over that 8 year span. All donations to the Pittsburgh Penguins Beard-A-Thon are tax deductible.
About the Mario Lemieux Foundation:
The Mario Lemieux Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to raising funds for cancer research and patient care, as well as Austin's Playroom Project, an initiative that creates playrooms for children and families in medical facilities. Since 1998, the Lemieux Foundation has given over $22 million to cancer research and patient care initiatives in the Pittsburgh region and beyond. Recent projects include a $2.5M gift in 2014 to establish the Mario Lemieux Lymphoma Center for Children and Young Adults at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and a $3.5M gift to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute to open the Mario Lemieux Center for Blood Cancers at the Hillman Cancer Center in December 2012. Additionally, the Foundation has opened 30 Austin's Playrooms in western Pennsylvania as well as three military playrooms at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton in Camp Pendleton, CA and Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. More information about the Mario Lemieux Foundation and Austin's Playroom Project is available at mariolemieux.org.