The Pittsburgh Penguins announced today they donated over $500,000 to causes related to the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, last month. Originally, the Penguins committed $50,000 but today present $348,705 to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh to benefit victims and families of the Oct. 27 tragedy. The funds will also be used to provide recovery support for the Squirrel Hill community.
The Penguins also donated $200,000 to the city of Pittsburgh’s newly created Public Safety Support Trust Fund, which honors the police, fire, medic and public safety personnel who responded to the situation, including the six officers who were injured during the horrific shooting.
The fundraising campaign, “Stronger Than Hate” has been an ongoing fundraising effort conducted with various corporate partners and the sale of the “Stronger Than Hate” patches. Penguins President and CEO David Morehouse with Dave Soltesz, the president of the Penguins Foundation presented the funds today to representatives of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and the Tree of Life Synagogue.
According to the Penguins press release, TThe Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation contributed $100,000 to the fund, and partners GNC and Wendell August Forge also made financial donations.
“Stronger Than Hate” patches are still for sale, and the Penguins’ jersey auction will continue through November 13. Links to access those efforts are available at www.pittsburghpenguinsfoundation.org. Additional funds will be donated at a later date.
According to the NBC Sports telecast Wednesday, the Washington Capitals donated their half the 50/50 drawing to the cause, as well. The total was reportedly over $19,000. Pittsburgh Hockey Now