Archive: Feb 2019

Win the Ultimate Penguins Fan Experience

Posted on: February 26, 2019


Dollar Energy Fund and the Pittsburgh Penguins are partnering once again to create the ultimate fan experience through our Fan Appreciation Night Raffle! We are giving away suite tickets to Fan Appreciation Night on April 6, 2019. Even better, one winner will be granted participation in the Shirts Off Our Backs selection process and guaranteed a trip down to the ice after the game to meet a player and receive an autographed, game-worn jersey.

This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for Penguins fans! You can enter to win by purchasing a $5 raffle ticket from one of our kiosk locations inside PPG Paints Arena during select home games in March.

Five winners will each receive two tickets to a party suite for the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers game on Friday, April 6, 2019. During the game, we will select a grand prize winner for the Shirts Off Our Backs experience and the remaining four winners will each receive a Pittsburgh Penguins Prize Pack.

Raffle ticket entries will be available for purchase at kiosk locations inside PPG Paints Arena before and during Pittsburgh Penguins games on:

Thursday, March 7

Friday, March 16

Sunday, March 17

Friday, March 29

Sunday, March 31

Participants must fill out the entry form and complete payment for their raffle ticket entry for a chance to win. There is no limit to the number of ticket entries an individual may purchase. Click here for official rules. All proceeds support Dollar Energy Fund and benefit families in need with utility assistance.

The drawing will be held on Monday, April 1, 2019.

Click here for information.

Jerseys for Warmth raises $53,000 for local families

Posted on: February 25, 2019

Jerseys for Warmth

The Jerseys for Warmth Charitable Action raised more than $53,000 to support Dollar Energy Fund and benefit Peoples Natural Gas customers in need of utility assistance. Peoples provided a dollar-for-dollar match on all donations and all proceeds will be used to help an estimated 150 local families maintain or restore basic utility service.

Over two dozen Pittsburgh Penguins game-worn jerseys from the team’s 4-0 victory on January 4, 2019, versus the Winnipeg Jets, were auctioned off online. Each jersey featured a commemorative patch authentication with the option to have the jersey autographed.

Three lucky fans bid on autographed mini-helmets and are invited to attend a team practice and a meet and greet on Wednesday, March 6th, where they will receive autographed merchandise and take photos with players.

Thanks to everyone who supported Jerseys for Warmth! Check back for more exciting fundraising efforts through our partnership with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

430 Local Families Warmed Up by 11th Annual Warmathon

Posted on: February 18, 2019

The 2019 NewsRadio 1020 KDKA Warmathon to benefit Dollar Energy Fund raised more than $155,000 during the two-day event, which will help 430 limited-income households in the Pittsburgh area afford basic utility service. The Warmathon, a live, radio-based fundraising effort broadcasted from Entercom’s studios in Greentree, took place on February 14 & 15, 2019.

“Each year, we are overwhelmed by the generosity of the hundreds of individuals who call in and support the Warmathon by making a donation,” said Chad Quinn, chief executive officer of Dollar Energy Fund. “We look forward to using the contributions from this year’s event to help our neighbors in need maintain or restore safe utility service this winter.”

Dollar Energy Fund’s partnering utilities, which includes Columbia Gas, Peoples Natural Gas, Duquesne Light Company and West Penn Power, a FirstEnergy Company, provided a dollar-for-dollar match for all individual and corporate donations received through the Warmathon. More than 40 volunteers were on hand to answer phones and accept donation pledges. In addition, several corporate sponsors contributed to the event’s success.

The Citizens Bank Foundation, a longtime supporter of the Warmathon, donated $25,000 in funding to match individual donations received during the two-day event. Additional corporate support was received from Wahl Family Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, MediConnect, Life Pittsburgh, Allegent Community Federal Credit Union, Jackson Lewis, Carl W. Herrmann Furs, Tevis Auto Service, Berger & Green Attorneys at Law, and Mike Camlin Hyundai of Greensburg.

Several local businesses provided items that were used to incentivize donors, including Air Pro Heating & Cooling, Totin’s Diner, The Carlton Restaurant, Sarris Candies, The Smallman Street Deli, Oakmont Bakery, Tambellini’s Restaurant and Betsy Ann Chocolates. In addition, Brueggers Bagels, Chick-fil-A, Azorean Cafe and Core Life Eatery provided food for our Warmathon call center volunteers and staff members.

We would also like to extend a special thank you to NewsRadio 1020 KDKA, 100.7 STAR, KDKA-TV, hosts Larry Richert and John Shumway, and Marty Griffin for their continued support and promotion of the Warmathon.

More than 130 individuals became “Neighborhood Heroes” by making a donation of $180 during the event. A contribution at this level, once matched by the organization’s utility partners, is equal to the average grant amount provided by Dollar Energy Fund. These donors will be entered to win a credit on their utility accounts that will give them free service for a year.

With this year’s contributions, 9,500 local, limited-income families have benefited from the total of $3.12 million that has been raised since the first Warmathon in 2009.

Our less fortunate neighbors still need help. Please continue to support Dollar Energy Fund. To donate, mail a check to Box 42329, Pittsburgh, PA 15203, visit to make an online contribution, or text WARM to 50555 to have a $10 donation added to your wireless bill. Message & data rates may apply. Customers of participating utility companies may also make a monthly donation to the organization through their utility bill.

Follow us on social media for more updates on upcoming events!

Incentives Revealed for Warmathon

Posted on: February 13, 2019

As we get closer to the 11th annual Warmathon, we’re gathering more incentives to encourage people to call in and donate to local, limited-income families who need help restoring or maintaining safe utility service.

Tune in to NewsRadio 1020 KDKA on February 14 & 15, and listen for your chance to win the following:

  • Pittsburgh Penguins Tickets
  • Co-host an hour of the Marty Griffin show
  • Air Pro Heating & Cooling High Efficiency Furnace
  • Air Pro Heating & Cooling Air Conditioning System
  • Chick-fil-A Prize Pack
  • Oakmont Bakery Wedding Cake
  • Pitt Press Box Experience
  • Sewickley Spa Gift Card
  • Pittsburgh Pirates VIP Experience
  • Restaurant Gift Cards to Cucina Bella, Tambellini’s, Carlton, Smallman Street Deli
  • Free Utility Service for a Year!

We’ll have many more surprise incentives during the event. Be sure to follow Dollar Energy Fund on Twitter and Facebook before the Warmathon begins so you can stay up to date on rapid-fire incentives, guests and promotions!

11th Annual Warmathon on February 14 & 15

Posted on: February 6, 2019

Dollar Energy Fund is warming up for the 11th Annual Warmathon on February 14 & 15, 2019. The Warmathon is a two-day radio/telethon from which all proceeds benefit local families in need of utility assistance. Since 2009, the Warmathon has raised more than $3 million to ensure that 9,125 local families did not have to face a winter without safe utility service.

Tune in to NewsRadio 1020 KDKA on both days to learn more about Dollar Energy Fund and how you can assist Pittsburgh families in need. Your contribution, no matter how big or small, can make an extraordinary impact by helping local, limited-income families maintain or restore safe utility service.


Ways to Donate

Visit to make a secure web donation and select Warmathon from the drop down box.

Call 1-888-745-1020 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. to talk to one of our phone bank volunteers.

Text WARM to 50555 to donate $10 through your mobile phone bill.*

Mail a donation to Box 42329, Pittsburgh, PA 15203.


As usual, our partnering utility companies are giving a dollar-for-dollar match on all donations to Dollar Energy Fund and 100% of funds will be used to provide households in our region with utility assistance grants. We appreciate all of our generous sponsors for lending a helping hand in our efforts to ensure our neighbors will stay warm this winter.

Your donation will give you the opportunity to win great incentives, including concert tickets, restaurant gift cards, or a new heating/air conditioning system. Become a Neighborhood Hero by making a donation of $180, or pledging $15/month, and be entered for a chance to win free utility service for a year! Incentives will change throughout the event, so be sure to tune in to NewsRadio 1020 KDKA and follow Dollar Energy Fund on Facebook and Twitter for special promotions and giveaways.

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*When prompted, reply to complete your donation to Dollar Energy Fund, Inc. Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and Data Rates May Apply. Text STOP to 50555 to STOP. Text HELP to 50555 for HELP. Full Terms:




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Average Monthly Income of a Grant Recipient = $952.59