Cool Down for Warmth and Warmathon raise more than $330,000 for 950 families in need

Posted on: February 20, 2017

Dollar Energy Fund raised approximately $330,000, and counting, through the combined effort of its Cool Down for Warmth and Warmathon fundraisers on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, all with the help of local business leaders, sponsors, utility partners and many generous community individuals. The amount raised will provide assistance for approximately 950 Pittsburgh families and individuals who will struggle to restore or maintain safe utility service this winter.


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Over the course of the two-day Cool Down for Warmth event, many community and business leaders sat in Dollar Energy Fund’s giant ice house in Market Square to raise funds and awareness regarding the need of hundreds of local families.

Individuals and teams, including Marcellus Shale Coalition, Google, Dollar Energy Fund’s Board of Directors and Staff, Columbia Gas, Reed Smith, Audrey Russo with the Pittsburgh Technology Council and more, exceeded their fundraising goals!

Morgan O’Brien, CEO of Peoples Natural Gas, raised over $17,000, while Marcellus Shale Coalition and Range Resources surpassed their $10,000 goal for a total of over $13,000. Others showed their support by visiting the house and participating in our Bowls for Warmth and Happy Hour events.

During construction of the ice house and throughout the two-day 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 and Citizens Bank’s Selfie Wall of Ice, where they could receive free digital photos from Clark’s Studio, as well as free coffee coupons from Dunkin’ Donuts for those who donated more than $5 during the event.

Our Cool Down for Warmth event wouldn’t have been possible without our generous sponsors, including UPMC, Peoples, Citizens Bank, Columbia Gas, Duquesne Light, FirstEnergy, Dunkin’ Donuts, Mastro Gourmet Quality Ice, First National Bank, Burns White, ProForma, Jackson Lewis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Penguins, Range Resources, Deep Well Services, Poros, Labatt Blue, Point Park University and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group.

In addition, many bars and restaurants donated their time and resources to participate in the Bowls for Warmth and Happy Hour events, including Bluebird Kitchen, Diamond Market Bar & Grill, Eddie Merlot’s, Franktuary, Las Velas, NOLA On The Square, Market Street Grocery, McCormick & Schmick’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Pirata, Pizzaiolo Primo, Poros, Primanti Bros., Revel + Roost, Sienna On The Square, Studio A.M. and The Yard.

All of these businesses allowed this event the opportunity to grow this year. They all share Dollar Energy Fund’s passion for assisting the limited-income community and we are proud to partner with them.


Many of the business and community leaders who sat in the ice house, also showed their support on NewsRadio KDKA 1020 during our Warmathon. The Warmathon, a live, radio-based fundraising effort broadcasted from KDKA’s Greentree studios, took place simultaneously with our Cool Down for Warmth event in Market Square.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Bishop David Zubik were among the many individuals that took the time to go on air and talk about why they support Dollar Energy Fund. With this year’s contributions, approximately 8,260 local, limited-income families have benefited from a total of $2.78 million that has been raised since the first Warmathon in 2009.

Dollar Energy Fund’s partnering utilities, which include Columbia Gas, Peoples Natural Gas, Duquesne Light and WestPenn Power, a FirstEnergy Company, provided a dollar-for-dollar match for all individual and corporate donations received through the Warmathon.

More than 100 volunteers from Dollar Energy Fund, Citizens Bank, Duquesne Light, Peoples Natural Gas and Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania 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 $50,000 in funding to match individual donations received during the two-day event. Over the past nine years, the foundation’s combined Warmathon support of $400,000 has helped more than 2,220 families in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

We would also like to extend a special thank you to KDKA NewsRadio 1020, KDKA-TV and Pittsburgh’s CW for their continued support.


Though both events are over, donations are still being collected! Those who wish to help Pittsburgh families in need may continue to donate online at

On behalf of all the families we will continue to assist this year, thank you to everyone who supported our events! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates on future fundraisers.

Jerseys for Warmth to benefit 225 local families

Posted on: February 17, 2017

The Jerseys for Warmth Charitable Action raised approximately $72,000 to support Dollar Energy Fund and benefit Peoples Natural Gas customers. Peoples provided a dollar-for-dollar match on all donations and all proceeds will be used to help an estimated 225 local families maintain or restore basic utility service.

Two dozen Pittsburgh Penguins game-worn jerseys from the team’s 7-2 victory on December 20, 2016, versus the New York Rangers, were auctioned off online. Each jersey featured a commemorative patch authentication with the option to have the jersey autographed.

Winning bidders on the jerseys for Kris Letang, Brian Dumoulin, Matt Murray and Scott Wilson were invited to attend a team practice and a meet and greet on Monday, February 13, where they received their purchased jerseys from the players.

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

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Brian Dumoulin (#8) poses for a photo with winning bidder, Leslie, during the meet and greet on February 13, 2017.

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Kris Letang (#58) talks to winning bidders, John, Brian and Leslie, during the meet and greet on February 13, 2017.


Have you heard about our Penguins Golden Ticket giveaway? Dollar Energy Fund’s Golden Ticket winner will receive one of fifty commemorative, limited-edition Penguins Golden Ticket display pieces (produced by Wendell August Forge), two tickets to the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Carolina Hurricanes game on April 2, 2017, and a one in fifty chance at winning the Penguins Golden Ticket Grand Prize, which will be awarded as two FedEx Level Penguins season tickets for twenty years. Complete our entry form for your chance to win – it’s easy!

Enter to win a Pittsburgh Penguins Golden Ticket!

Posted on: February 8, 2017


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If you visited our Cool Down for Warmth event in Market Square, you witnessed our own Penguins Golden Ticket frozen in ice, unveiled by former player Tyler Kennedy! As a Pittsburgh Penguins partner, Dollar Energy Fund received one of 50 Golden Tickets, which were created to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the team. Each ticket was custom made by Wendell August Forge.

We are partnering with Peoples Natural Gas to offer our ticket as a prize through a drawing. No purchase necessary. Luckily, there’s still time to sign up to win by completing our online entry form.

The winner will receive one of fifty commemorative, limited-edition Penguins Golden Ticket display pieces, two tickets to the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Carolina Hurricanes game on April 2, 2017, and a one in fifty chance at winning the Penguins Golden Ticket Grand Prize, which will be awarded as two FedEx Level Penguins season tickets for twenty years.

The contest runs January 31, 2017 – March 14, 2017, so sign up today! The winner will be notified by March 18, 2017.

To learn more about the Golden Ticket promotion, visit

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Stop by and take a photo at our Selfie Wall of Ice

Posted on: January 31, 2017


Stop by Market Square for our Cool Down for Warmth event today (January 31st) and tomorrow (February 1st) to take a selfie in front of the Dunkin’ Donuts and Citizens Bank Selfie Wall of Ice! Digital photos are free and can be viewed on Facebook.

Grab some props and have fun! Clark’s Studio will be on site to take professional quality digital photos. To download your photo, visit our Facebook Event page or search our hashtag #CoolDownforWarmth. Feel free to tag yourself! While you’re at it, please like us on Facebook for updates on future events.


Cool Down Sponsor Dunkin’ Donuts offers Coffee Deal

Posted on: January 30, 2017

dunkin' donutsOnce again this year, we’re teaming up with the Pittsburgh-area Dunkin’ Donuts to help even more families get warm this winter. Come see us in Market Square on either Tuesday, January 31, or Wednesday, February 1, during the hours of the Cool Down for Warmth and donate $5 to Dollar Energy Fund to receive a coupon for a medium cup of coffee ($2.50 value) at a participating Pittsburgh Dunkin’ Donuts location.

A $50 donation will earn you 20 coffees. You don’t have to donate the $50 on the spot, either. We encourage you to set up your own personal fundraiser on our CrowdRise page. As long as you raise the $50 or more during the two-day Cool Down for Warmth event, you can enjoy 20 free coffees ($2.50 value each) from participating Pittsburgh Dunkin’ locations.

So, look at it this way: if you’re coming down to Market Square for a cup of coffee anyway, you might as well donate to Dollar Energy Fund in the process to help local, limited-income families restore or maintain their utility service.

Not a coffee drinker? We have many other ways to participate in Market Square! Come see the ice house, sample soups for lunch, enjoy happy hour specials and much more. Check out the full Cool Down for Warmth schedule, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

Warmathon Donation Incentives

Posted on: January 27, 2017

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As we get closer to the 9th 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 during the hours of the Warmathon (5 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31 and 5 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, February 1) and listen for your chance to win great incentives:

  • $150 gift card
  • Tickets to Daya at Stage AE on March 30th
  • Pittsburgh Penguins suite tickets
  • Tickets to Panic! At the Disco at Petersen Events Center on February 28th
  • Pitt Basketball tickets and parking passes
  • Tickets to Zac Brown Band at KeyBank Pavilion on June 11th
  • PPG Paints Arena tour passes
  • Kennywood tickets
  • Tickets to U2 at Heinz Field on June 7th
  • Marriott City Center overnight accomodations for two
  • Tickets to Bon Jovi at PPG Paints Arena on April 5th

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

Counting down to the Cool Down!

Posted on: January 25, 2017

Our annual Cool Down for Warmth event is less than a week away! The two-day event will be on Tuesday, January 31st, and Wednesday, February 1st, in Market Square. Join us in our effort to help local families who are struggling to afford basic utility services this winter.Cool Down For Warmth

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) recently released the results of its annual Cold Weather Survey. Although the results showed improvements from the past two years, there were still more than 22,000 Pennsylvania households that entered the winter season without heat-related utility service or using unsafe heating sources. Luckily, you can help by supporting our Cool Down for Warmth event!

A house will be constructed using ice blocks in Market Square and willing participants will sit inside to raise funds. The goal of the event is to build awareness for the many families who will go without heat during the harsh winter months, while attempting to raise money for utility assistance grants. All donations collected will receive a dollar-for-dollar match from our partnering utility companies and 100% of the funds raised will go directly to help these individuals in need.

There are many ways you can get involved:

Sit in the ice house: Willing participants will stay in the house for a designated 30-minute time-slot as they work toward their minimum fundraising goal of $1,000 (individual) or $2,500 (team). Once they meet their goal, they will be able to vacate the house and “feel the warmth.” There’s still time to sign up!

Donate to an existing team: While we welcome you to sit in the ice house and start your own fundraising page, we are appreciative of any donation from those who are unable to participate in the event, and wish to make a contribution to an existing team or individual.

Join us during lunch in Market Square: We are hosting a Bowls for Warmth Lunch in the Square Soup Tasting! On January 31st and February 1st, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, restaurants will participate in a soup challenge, serving cups of soup to the lunchtime crowd. For $10, attendees get to sample four soups from participating vendors and vote on their favorite!

Meet us after work: On Tuesday, January 31st from 5 pm to 7 pm, join us in Market Square for a Happy Hour Cool Down Bar Crawl. Make a $10 donation at the Dollar Energy Fund donation kiosk in Market Square and receive a wristband. This wristband will give you exclusive access to drink specials, signature drinks and discounted menu items from bars and restaurants in Market Square during happy hour!

Register to win a Pittsburgh Penguins Golden Ticket: On Tuesday, January 31st from 11 am to 12 pm, former Penguins player Tyler Kennedy will unveil our own Penguins Golden Ticket! Stop down to see the ticket frozen in ice and learn how to register to win! To learn more about the Penguins Golden Ticket giveaway, click here.

To view a complete event schedule, visit, and check back for more event information!

We would like to thank all of our 2017 Cool Down for Warmth event sponsors:

Our 9th Annual Warmathon is next week!

Posted on: January 23, 2017

Dollar Energy Fund is warming up for the 9th annual Warmathon, being held on Tuesday, January 31 from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Wednesday, February 1 from 5 a.m. to noon at CBS Studios in Greentree and broadcasting live from Market Square on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA.9th annual Warmathon

The Warmathon is a two-day radio/telethon from which all proceeds benefit local families in need. Over the past eight years, the campaign has raised more than $2.6 million to ensure that our neighbors do not have to face a winter without safe utility service.

Donations in support of the Warmathon are currently being accepted to make sure families and seniors in our area don’t have to face the winter without utility service. You can support the Warmathon by donating funds for families in need, sponsoring the event, volunteering your time, providing in-kind services and more.

Tune in to NewsRadio 1020 KDKA to hear two full days of programming and learn more about Dollar Energy Fund and how you can help Pittsburgh families in need. Check back here and on our social media channels, Twitter and Facebook, for updates about the event. We have many surprise incentives coming your way, so stay tuned!


DATE CHANGE: Cool Down for Warmth & Warmathon

Posted on: January 18, 2017

Our Cool Down for Warmth and Warmathon events, both originally scheduled for January 26 & 27, have been rescheduled! Due to the warm weather forecasted for next week, both events are rescheduled for Tuesday, January 31 and Wednesday, February 1. The location and times for all activities will remain the same. Please click here to see the updated event schedule.

We don’t normally wish for cold weather, especially when so many of our neighbors are struggling to stay warm. But as you can imagine, our Cool Down for Warmth event relies on cooler weather for the construction of our giant ice house in Market Square. Luckily, this date change gives our fundraisers more time to raise money for families in need of utility assistance.

We will be notifying everyone with the date change on multiple advertisements as well as our social media accounts. We have already updated our event sites, so please refer to these when making plans to participate:

We hope we can still count on your support!

Jerseys for Warmth to Benefit Dollar Energy Fund

Posted on: January 17, 2017

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Peoples Natural Gas and the Pittsburgh Penguins are partnering to bring you a Jerseys for Warmth Charitable Action to benefit Dollar Energy Fund! Game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off for the next three weeks and all proceeds will be used to help area families maintain or restore basic utility service.

Bidding is now open for the 24 Pittsburgh Penguins game-worn jerseys from the team’s 7-2 victory on December 20, 2016, versus the New York Rangers. Each jersey features a commemorative patch authentication and the winning bidder will have the option to have the jersey autographed. A few lucky winners will also have the opportunity to attend a team practice for a meet and greet!

Peoples Natural Gas will provide a dollar-for-dollar match on all donations so your bid will go further! Learn more about the Jerseys for Warmth Charitable Action by visiting




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