It took 91 years, but Betty Cummings finally attended her first Pens’ game.
“People forget that us old people still like to enjoy life,” Cummings said while watching the Pens’ thrilling 6-5 win against the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night at CONSOL Energy Center.
Cummings was gifted tickets from the Twilight Wish Foundation. The non-profit organization’s mission is to honor and enrich the lives of deserving seniors through wish granting celebrations that connect generations.
So it was only right that the Pittsburgh native’s wish was to attend her first Pens’ match with her family.
“I can’t believe how excited the people are,” Cummings said. “I definitely did not expect this many people on a weeknight. I’m just amazed at the whole thing, I’m stuck in awe.”
Cummings watches games on a 19” TV at her home in East McKeesport. She has always been a Pittsburgh sports fan, but four years ago, at age 87, she began to follow her favorite player, No. 87. And finally, she had a chance to see him in person.
“I like him, but I think they’re all good,” Cummings said with a laugh. “I just kind of picked him. In a way he’s got a boyish face, but he’s always tough on the ice, and I like that.”
Cummings has been a helping hand in the community for a while. She was a volunteer with the Meals on Wheels organization for over 20 years, but stepped away after she turned 90.
She's also an officer in the Christian Women’s Guild and considers herself a “lady of charity.” Cummings still attends daily mass and sings in the choir at St. Roberts church in East McKeesport.
The Pennsylvania-based charity group, Twilight Wish Foundation, acknowledges seniors for all they’ve given to others by bringing comfort and joy into their lives through individual wish granting celebrations for those over 68.
Since their founding in 2003, Twilight Wish has granted over 2,100 individual wishes to deserving seniors, thanks to volunteers, corporate and community involvement, and donations. You can make other wishes, like Cummings’, come true by donating online at Twilightwish.org.