The Pittsburgh Penguins will wear “Stronger Than Hate” patches for tonight’s game against the New York Islanders and the team will hold a jersey auction to benefit victims and families of the Tree of Life Synagogue attack.
Per the Penguins press release, the Penguins will also conduct a collection of monetary donations at all three entrance gates at tonight’s game. Fans may donate online at treeoflife.givesmart.com.
The Penguins Foundation also is donating $50,000 to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and to the officers’ fund established by the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety.
All proceeds from donations and the jersey auction will benefit the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and the officer’s fund.
The city of Pittsburgh is still mourning 11 people in the attack at the synagogue when an anti-semitic gunman opened fire. Four police officers were injured, as well. Memorials and funerals begin this week. In addition to murder charges, the gunman, Robert Bowers will also face hate crime charges which were filed by federal prosecutors yesterday.
The attack has been called the worst attack on Jewish citizens in U.S. history. President Donald Trump will also visit the city this week to participate in the mourning process.
The Penguins host the New York Islanders at PPG Paints Arena tonight at 7 p.m. The Penguins swept their four-game Canadian road trip which began in Toronto on Oct. 18 and ended Saturday in Vancouver.
Each player will sign his jersey after the game, and the jerseys will be available for auction at treeoflife.givesmart.com.