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Cool Down for Warmth raises $156,000 to help families in need

Posted on: January 31, 2019

Dollar Energy Fund raised $156,238 during its Cool Down for Warmth event on Jan. 24 and 25, all with the help of local business leaders, sponsors, utility partners and many generous community individuals. The amount raised will provide assistance for approximately 447 Pittsburgh families and individuals who are struggling to afford safe utility service this winter. Though the event is over, donations are still coming in! Those who wish to help local families in need may continue to donate online at www.dollarenergy.org/donate.

Over the course of the two-day event, many supporters sat in Dollar Energy Fund’s giant ice house in Market Square to raise funds and awareness for the thousands of families in our region without heat-related utility service. Many individuals and teams exceeded their fundraising goals, including Walter Bridges of Proforma, Morgan O’Brien of Peoples Natural Gas, Dave Spigelmyer of Marcellus Shale Coalition, Dollar Energy Fund’s Board of Directors, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Duquesne Light Company, and FirstEnergy.

Duquesne Light’s Subzero Heroes team and Morgan O’Brien from Peoples Natural Gas both surpassed their initial goal of $10,000. Others showed their support by visiting the house and participating in our Bowls for Warmth event.

During construction of the ice house and throughout the event, hundreds of downtown Pittsburgh employees passed through Market Square to see the house, take a tour and contribute to the event. Attendees also enjoyed the Dunkin’ Donuts Selfie Wall of Ice, Citizens Bank Ice ATM, Xfinity Ice Television, and the Dormont Appliance Custom Ice Kitchen. Attendees also received numerous giveaways from Dunkin’ Donuts, Chick-fil-A, McCormick & Schmicks, Eat’n Park and Pitt Basketball.

Many restaurants donated their time and resources to participate in the Bowls for Warmth Soup Tasting, presented by BNY Mellon, including Bluebird Kitchen, Braddock’s Rebellion, Coughlin’s Law, fl. 2 at Fairmont Pittsburgh, Gateway Cafe, Harris Grill, Lidia’s, Market St. Grocery, McCormick & Schmick’s, Molinaro Ristorante, NOLA on the Square, OTB Bicycle Cafe, Primanti Bros., Revel + Roost, Sienna on the Square, The Smiling Moose, Social House Seven, Ten Penny, Twelve Whiskey Barbeque, and Vallozzi’s. Bowls for Warmth received a great response from the community, causing the event to bring in over $20,000 in donations. In addition, attendees voted for their favorite soup. The winner of the People’s Choice Award was Revel + Roost’s Mushroom and Bacon Bisque and Pennsylvania Beer Cheese Soup.

Dollar Energy Fund is grateful for the overwhelming support of our generous utility partners and sponsors, including UPMC, Peoples Natural Gas, Columbia Gas, Duquesne Light, FirstEnergy, Comcast Internet Essentials, BNY Mellon, Dunkin’ Donuts, Citizens Bank, Dormont Appliance, Metropolitan Club on the Square, Range Resources, Deep Well Services, Pitt Athletics, Chick-fil-A, McCormick & Schmick’s, Eat’n Park, Pittsburgh Penguins, Mastro Gourmet Quality Ice, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 94.5 3WS, Proforma, Clark’s Studio, and SouthHillsAuto.com.

On behalf of the limited-income households we will continue to assist this year, thank you to everyone who supported our event! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates on future fundraisers, like our Warmathon taking place on February 14 and 15.

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10 Reasons to Cool Down for Warmth

Posted on: January 14, 2019

Dollar Energy Fund is hosting its 5th annual Cool Down for Warmth event in Market Square on January 24 & 25. The giant ice house is much more than a “cool” sculpture. Our goal is to raise awareness and funds for local families struggling to afford their heating bills this winter. We have a lot going on during the two-day event, so we put together 10 reasons we think you should join us in the cold.

 

 1. Tour the Ice House

January 24 & 25: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

A massive 1,000-square-foot ice house will be constructed in Market Square. The house will be made entirely from ice and feature a garage, living room, kitchen and bathroom. Everyone is welcome to tour the ice house.

 

 2. We are Freezin’ for a Reason

Many community leaders and supporters will sit inside the ice house to reach their fundraising goal and raise awareness for the thousands of Pittsburgh families that entered the winter season without heat-related utility service. They are counting on you to contribute and help them “feel the warmth”! Click here to see who is participating.

 

 3. Dunkin’ Donuts Giveaway

January 24 & 25: 9 a.m.

Join us in Market Square before work to receive a coupon for a free hot coffee and donut, courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts, which is just a few steps away. Coupons are only available while supplies last.

 

4. Eat’n Park Giveaway

January 24 & 25: 10 a.m.

Who doesn’t love a smiley face cookie! Stop by a kiosk to receive a free cookie, courtesy of Eat’n Park. Cookies are only available while supplies last.

 

5. Selfie Ice Wall

If you didn’t take a selfie, did it really happen? We’ve got you covered. Dunkin’ Donuts has a photo booth set up inside the ice house. Grab your friends and receive a free digital photo.

 

 6. Bowls for Warmth, presented by BNY Mellon

January 24 & 25: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

This popular event only happens once a year. You don’t want to miss it! More than 20 local restaurants participate in a soup challenge, serving cups of soup to the lunchtime crowd in Market Square. Tickets will be sold for $10 and attendees get to sample three soups from participating vendors and vote for their favorite. Restaurants include Harris Grill, NOLA on the Square, Social House Seven, Ten Penny and more! Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free soup options will be available. First come, first served. Soup is only available while supplies last. 

 

7. McCormick & Schmick’s Giveaway

January 24 & 25: 1 p.m.

Stick around Market Square after lunch to receive a coupon for a free appetizer, courtesy of McCormick & Schmick’s. You can also enjoy their homemade Clam Chowder during Bowls for Warmth. Coupons are only available while supplies last.

 

8. Chick-fil-A Giveaway

January 24 & 25: 2 p.m.

Did someone say FREE Chick-fil-A?!?! Visit one of our kiosks in Market Square to receive a coupon for a free sandwich, courtesy of Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh. Coupons are only available while supplies last.

 

9. Pitt Basketball Tickets

January 25: 8:30 a.m.

Attention Pitt fans! Tour the ice house with Pitt football players and receive a pair of tickets to the Pitt v. Syracuse basketball game on February 2, 2019. Tickets are limited and only available while supplies last.

 

10. Dollar-for-Dollar Match

Do we even need to go on? Between the soup, free giveaways, and tickets, you’re basically making money while building awareness. But seriously, while your cooling down with us, consider making a donation to help your neighbors in need. Whether you’re downing bowls of soup, touring the ice house or just have a few extra dollars in your pocket. All donations from this event will receive a dollar-for-dollar match from our partnering utility companies, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Duquesne Light Company, FirstEnergy and Peoples Natural Gas. 100% of all donations and matching funds will be used to provide utility assistance grants to local families in need through Dollar Energy Fund’s Hardship Program.

  • Visit a kiosk in Market Square during the event to make a cash or credit card donation
  • Text COOLDOWN to 41411 to receive a mobile donation link
  • Go to www.crowdrise.com/CoolDownForWarmth2019 to donate to an individual or team before or during the event

 

For more information about Cool Down for Warmth, visit www.dollarenergy.org/cooldownforwarmth2019.

 

 

Thank You to our Sponsors

 

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