8th annual Cool Down for Warmth raises more than $140,000 for local families in need

January 28th, 2022


Dollar Energy Fund raised more than $140,000 during its 8th annual Cool Down for Warmth campaign on January 27, all with the help of local business leaders, sponsors, utility partners and many generous community individuals. The amount raised will provide assistance for approximately 390 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 other ice sculptures in Gateway Center that were showcased during PTL’s live broadcast.

Over the course of the week, supporters signed up on Givebutter to raise funds for their neighbors in need, including FirstEnergy, Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Public Utility Law Section, and Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority. Others showed their support by making a donation and sharing the event on social media.

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 CompanyFirstEnergyPeoples, Citizens BankEQTFirst Commonwealth 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 Twitter for more updates on future fundraisers, like our Warmathon taking place on February 17.

Click here to view more photos from the event.

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