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Skates & Plates Charity Gala presented by Trib Total Media

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Since 1986, the Penguins have hosted an annual charity gala for the benefit of local children’s charities raising over $5 million for medical research.

In 2009, the Penguins re-organized the team’s gala and hosted its signature event, the Skates & Plates Charity Gala presented by Trib Total Media, to benefit the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Mario Lemieux Foundation.

Penguins’ players don tuxedos and pass plates instead of pucks as they greet guests and serve as waiters for the evening. Top tip honors and bragging rights are captured by a different Penguins’ player each season.

Along with dinner, the event featured silent and live auctions. Prizes are also awarded to guests for the top tips collected by the players.


Penguins Shopping Spree for Project Bundle-Up

Malkin and Brendan pose for pictures wearing their brand-new matching winter hats
Each year, the entire Penguins team participates in The Salvation Army’s Project Bundle-Up program with a team shopping spree at a local mall after practice.

Penguins’ players are matched with local middle school children selected by The Salvation Army to shop for new winter clothing including coats, hats, scarves, gloves and boots.

Prior to shopping, the children and players enjoy a catered lunch together.  When all the shopping has concluded and the children’s winter outfits are complete, the children collect autographs before returning to their afternoon classes at school.  

For the past four years, Penguins’ corporate partners Dick’s Sports Goods and TGI Fridays have participated in this event.

Children’s Hospital Visit

A team tradition since the 1970s, Penguins’ players and team mascot Iceburgh make an annual visit to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

There are lots of smiles as players visit each floor of the hospital, greet patients and their families, sign autographs and distribute a variety of gifts to the children.

After the room-to-room visits, players join patients in the hospital playrooms for fun and laughter with a variety of tabletop games and activities.

Children’s Charities Practice & Luncheon

This season will mark the 24th year that the team hosts children battling illness and their families to a special practice session and team luncheon.

There are smiles at every table as the players and coaches join the families for lunch. After lunch, the team signs autographs, takes photos and greets family members.

Each child also receives a gift bag filled with Penguins’ mementos and gifts.


Penguins Wives Association Presents “Pens & Pins”

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Since 2009, the Pittsburgh Penguins Wives & Girlfriends have hosted “Pens & Pins,” a charity bowling tournament to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Greater PA & Southern WV.

The tournament features Penguins players serving as celebrity team captains for each competing bowling team.

Bowlers have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction and purchase mystery pucks and homemade baked goods provided by the team’s wives and girlfriends.

Fans attending this event have the opportunity to join in the fun and help make wishes come true for many Pittsburgh-area Wish children.

Paul Martin watches his shot at the 2010 Summer Sticks Golf Classic

Summer Sticks Golf Classic presented by Reed Smith

At the start of each new hockey season, the Pittsburgh Penguins host a golf classic and spend a day on the links for charity! The Summer Sticks Golf Classic presented by Reed Smith has been a season-opening event for 24 years and is greatly anticipated as the last hoorah of the summer.  
The scramble-style tournament features teams of three, each captained by a Penguins player or coach.  The teams compete for tournament prizes and a great time is had by all.
Proceeds from the Summer Sticks Golf Classic presented by Reed Smith benefit the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation.