November 9, 2018 / 12:25 AM / 10 days ago

Penguins donate nearly $350K to shooting victims

Oct 30, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; A message on the scoreboard in reference to the Tree of Life Synagogue shootings before the Pittsburgh Penguins host the New York Islanders at PPG PAINTS Arena. New York won 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Penguins donated nearly $350,000 Thursday to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh to benefit victims and families of the shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of the city, the team announced.

The team, its foundation, fans and corporate partners have been raising money through its “Stronger Than Hate” campaign since the Oct. 27 shootings. Eleven people were killed and six others — including four police officers — were injured.

The Penguins committed $50,000, then raised the rest through auctions, sales of “Stronger Than Hate” patches, a text-to-donate program and an in-arena collection.

In all, the team so far has raised $348,705.

In addition, the team will be donating $200,000 to the newly created Public Safety Support Trust Fund in the city, which will benefit first responders.

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