The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and Mario Lemieux Foundation hosted their 10th annual Penguins Charity Game on AT&T SportsNet on Thursday, April 29 during the Penguins road game against the Washington Capitals, raising over $2.3 million.
Starting at 5:45 PM EST, approximately 5,000 Penguins Charity Bags were available online to fans throughout the United States and Canada at three tier levels: Platinum ($5,066), Gold ($1,066) and Black ($266). Each Penguins Charity Bag guaranteed an autographed puck from Mario Lemieux or a member of the current Penguins roster and was filled with unique merchandise and memorabilia.
This season’s Penguins Charity Bag featured a Pittsburgh theme aiming to support local artists, vendors and companies. The Penguins Charity Bag itself featured skyline photography on the exterior from popular photographer Dave DiCello and included an art puck set created by Pittsburgh-native Kait Schoeb, family puzzle painted by Pittsburgher Cody Sabol, sock set from Shop Steel City and more.
In addition to the opportunity to purchase a Penguins Charity Bag, fans also had the chance to win a Platinum-level bag through an online raffle or bid on the original artwork pieces that created this season’s unique bag.
All proceeds from the Penguins Charity Game will support the Penguins Foundation’s youth initiatives and the Lemieux Foundation’s cancer research and patient care initiatives, as well as Austin’s Playrooms for children and families in medical facilities.