Pittsburgh Penguins Serve It Up for CF
April 3, 2007
On the ice, the Pittsburgh Penguins professional hockey team is a force to be reckoned with. To the delight of 550 guests at the Western Pennsylvania Chapter's 20th Anniversary Penguins At Your Service, the players performed off the ice.
Clad in tuxes and autographed aprons, the Pittsburgh Penguins passed plates instead of pucks to the sell-out crowd at the Omni William Penn Hotel on February 12. They served a four-course meal, including soup, salad, an entrée and dessert. During dessert, guests competed to be the top tippers, vying for 22 fabulous prizes.
With the top tip of $22,000, Chuck Hammel of Pitt Ohio Express, had first choice of prizes, selecting a sports lovers package with tickets and memorabilia from the top local sporting events. Guests were later given an opportunity to buy the autographed aprons and bid on exciting auction packages, including a collection of autographed bottles of wine donated by every player on the team and a Penguins team-autographed jersey.
At 37 years old, speaker Jeff Breslin inspired great hope in guests, proving that a person with CF could live a fulfilling life despite the challenges of the disease. “We’re doing amazing things,” he said. “Look around the room tonight—events such as these happen every week across the country. Your money, your time, your commitment has given me the opportunity to live my life, my way.” Guests responded, and by the end of the evening, had raised $285,000.
Special thanks go to event’s founder Cindy Himes, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ director of publication and community relations; Pittsburgh Penguins president, Ken Sawyer, and his wife Shirley, for hosting the VIP reception; and long-time steering committee members Joella Baker, Kari King, Evelyn Mulkerin, Ed Nuttall and Adam Podrat.