10th annual Cool Down for Warmth brings warmth to 417 local families

February 2nd, 2024

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Dollar Energy Fund raised $150,050 during its 10th annual Cool Down for Warmth campaign on February 1, 2024, all with the help of sponsors, utility partners and many generous community individuals. The amount raised will provide assistance for approximately 417 families in Western Pennsylvania who are struggling to stay warm in their homes 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

Dollar Energy Fund’s Cool Down for Warmth, powered by Dynegy, took place in partnership with KDKA-TV’s Pittsburgh Today Live (PTL), and provided an opportunity for the community to make a donation in support of local families. In past years, the event included the construction of a large ice house in Market Square that is open to the public, but Dollar Energy Fund switched to a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This year, Mastro Gourmet Quality Ice built an ice news studio and backdrop in Gateway Center that were showcased during PTL’s live broadcast and other KDKA-TV news segments. A “cold house” was also utilized this year to demonstrate home energy-saving weatherization tips as well as highlight the dangers of unsafe heating practices.

Donors made contributions through Dollar Energy Fund’s website or on Givebutter, where groups like Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Public Utility Law Section utilized the crowd funding platform to raise funds towards the cause.

All donations from this event were matched dollar-for-dollar by our local utility partners and 100% will go directly to support local Western Pennsylvania families who are struggling to restore or maintain basic utility service.

Dollar Energy Fund is grateful for the overwhelming support of our generous utility partners and sponsors, including Dynegy, Columbia Gas of PennsylvaniaDuquesne Light CompanyFirstEnergyPeoplesCitizens BankEQTFirst Commonwealth Bank, First National Bank, and UPMC.

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 X for more updates on future fundraisers, like our Warmathon taking place on February 15.

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