Penguins Wives Association: The Penguins Wives Association is a vital part of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ organization. Wives and girlfriends of the Penguins’ players, coaches and hockey management assist the team with in-game collections, special events and fundraising for local charities.
On October 13, 2011, the team’s wives and girlfriends raised funds for the families of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, the KHL team that perished in a plane crash on September 7 in Russia. The ladies sold Love for Lokomotiv remembrance bracelets before and throughout the game as part of a league-wide fundraising effort.
In 2008, the ladies created “Pens & Pins” and struck it big for charity. Their bowling event and online auction of autographed bowling shirts has raised over $60,000 for the local chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The Penguins Wives Association also hosts an annual holiday online auction to raise money for local children’s charities. Each year, the ladies create and decorate different holiday items – ornaments, stockings or baskets – unique to their significant other’s interests, favorite things, hobbies or hometown and include at least one autographed item. Over the past four years, the Penguins’ players wives and girlfriends have donated more than $40,000 to The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh and Christopher’s Guests from holiday auction proceeds.
Penguins Alumni Association: Penguins alumni members serve as ambassadors of the game and represent the Pittsburgh Penguins organization at a variety of community events throughout the region.
In 1998, the Penguins Alumni Association created its signature event, the Penguins Alumni Charity Golf Classic, to benefit local children’s charities and the Penguins Alumni Scholarship program.
Over the past 14 years, the event has donated over $300,000 to charitable organizations with an emphasis on children. Benefactors include the Pittsburgh Sledge Hockey Team, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Heart Camp, ACHIEVA, Pennies from Heaven, Life Steps, Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf and the Mario Lemieux Foundation.
Penguins Booster Club: The Penguins enjoy a long-standing close partnership with the team’s Booster Club.
Each year, the Penguins team up with the Booster Club for the collector’s series holiday ornament sale at home games in November and December. The promotion raises funds for the Booster Club’s official charity – the Autism Society of Pittsburgh.
In addition, Booster Club members volunteer at all Penguins’ in-game collections including the annual Score Against Hunger food drive, Toys for Tots toy drive and the children’s book drive for Carnegie Library. A valued community service partner of the team, Booster Club members have always been available to lend a helping hand.