PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Penguins canceled their previously scheduled Halloween themed night and will collect donations for the victims and families of the synagogue mass shooting on Saturday.
The themed night was scheduled for Tuesday’s game. Guests can make donations at all three gates of PPG Paints Arena, according to a statement to the team.
“The Pittsburgh Penguins join the greater Pittsburgh community in standing up against this senseless violence and supporting the victims and families of the Tree of Life Synagogue,” said David Morehouse, president and CEO of the team. “Under these circumstances, we determined it was not appropriate to continue with our annual Halloween theme on Tuesday, so those activities have been canceled. The entire city has a heavy heart.”
Fans who will not be attending the game can also donate online at treeoflife.givesmart.com.
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The Penguins also plan on hosting a blood drive at PPG Paints Arena on Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donors can enter the arena through the Verizon Gate along Centre Avenue.
At the request of @VitalantPA, and in response to Saturday’s tragic shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, the Penguins will hold a blood drive on Monday from 9:00AM – 3:00PM at PPG Paints Arena. Details: https://t.co/s76l6MnKdt pic.twitter.com/xaExlTIdqX
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 28, 2018
A moment of silence will be held before the game.
In addition, the Penguins announced Sunday afternoon that the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation donated $25,000 to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and $25,000 to establish a fund with the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety to benefit the four Pittsburgh Police officers injured in Saturday’s shooting.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families from the Tree of Life Synagogue and the brave police officers who stepped in to prevent more tragedy,” Dave Soltesz, president of the Penguins Foundation, said. “All of Pittsburgh is grieving with you and supports you.”