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Penguins Players Announce Special Programs

Penguins Players Announce Special Programs

Hearts of Gold

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel has announced his new “Hearts of Gold” program for the 2019.20 season. Guentzel has purchased four season tickets to benefit children with congenital heart defects who are a part of Mended Little Hearts of Southwestern PA.

“Hearts of Gold” will welcome children and families to each Penguins home game from Mended Little Hearts whose mission is “to inspire hope and improve the quality of life of heart patients and their families through on-going peer-to-peer support, education, and advocacy.”

EMBRACE Pittsburgh will add $25 per ticket in loaded value for food and beverages for all “Hearts of Gold” guests, while the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation will assist in coordinating the program with Guentzel throughout the season.

For more information on Mended Little Hearts of Southwestern PA, please visit http://www.swpa.mendedlittlehearts.net/.

Seats for Strength

Pittsburgh Penguins players Bryan Rust and Nick Bjugstad have teamed up to buy four season tickets to benefit children and families assisted by the Matilda Theiss Early Childhood Behavioral Health Programs at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital.

The “Seats for Strength” program, started during the 2018.19 season, will bring children to each Penguins home game who receive therapeutic services at Matilda Theiss. The Matilda Theiss Early Childhood Behavioral Health Programs serve as the cornerstone of early childhood mental health services at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital. The Matilda Theiss Center offers a variety of programs to promote the health and well-being of pediatric clients and their families, including approaches in early childhood mental health and trauma treatment that promote healthy bonds with parents and caregivers in order to enhance children’s capacity for trust, empathy, and compassion.

EMBRACE Pittsburgh will supplement the efforts of Rust and Bjugstad by adding $25 per ticket in loaded value for food and beverages.

The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation will help to coordinate the “Seats for Strength” program throughout the season with the Matilda Theiss Center, the Penguins Foundation’s partner on their COOL Zone program.

For more information on the Matilda Theiss Center, please visit https://www.upmc.com/services/behavioral-health/child-development.