On October 27, a gunman opened fire at Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, killing 11 and wounding 6, including four police officers. The hate crime is believed to be the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in American history.
In memory of the victims of this horrific attack, Tuesday night the Pittsburgh Penguins will wear special “Stronger Than Hate” patches on their jerseys when they play the New York Islanders at their home arena.
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After the game, the jerseys will be signed and auctioned off, with all the proceeds benefiting the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and a fund set up by the city to help the police officers who were wounded. The team’s 50/50 raffle proceeds during the game will also be donated to the charities, and collection buckets for donations will also be present.
In addition, the Penguins Foundation donated $50,000 to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and the officer’s fund.
On Monday, the team hosted a blood drive at PPG Paints arena. The event received 254 participants who donated blood.
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Pittsburgh Penguins players will wear special “Stronger Than Hate” patches on their jerseys for tonight’s game against the New York Islanders at PPG Paints Arena (7 p.m.).
The patches – and the accompanying jersey auction – are part of the organization’s effort to support victims and families of Saturday’s tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill.
Each player will sign his jersey after the game, and the jerseys will be available for auction at treeoflife.givesmart.com.
All proceeds from the jersey auction and the Penguins other fundraising efforts, including tonight’s 50/50 Raffle, will benefit the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and a fund established by the City of Pittsburgh Department of Safety to benefit police officers wounded during the attack.
The jersey auction will start at 11 a.m. today and continue until November 13 at 12 p.m.
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.
In addition, Vitalant (formerly Central Blood Bank) announced that Monday’s blood drive at PPG Paints Arena was an overwhelming success, with 254 donors. The Penguins thank their fans and members of the public who contributed.
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