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Pens Fans Win Big with Dollar Energy Fund’s Fan Appreciation Night Raffle

Posted on: April 8, 2019

Dollar Energy Fund teamed up with the Pittsburgh Penguins to create the ultimate fan experience through our Fan Appreciation Night Raffle! In March, Dollar Energy Fund staff sold raffle tickets during five Penguins games at PPG Paints Arena. Five finalists were selected from a pool of 800 entries for this one-of-a-kind opportunity. Each received two tickets to the Jim Beam© Make History™ Party Suite to watch the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers final regular season game on Saturday, April 6, 2019. One of our finalists was granted participation in the Shirts Off Our Backs selection process and guaranteed a trip down to the ice to meet a player and receive an autographed jersey.

Our five finalists included Joe Delozier, Justin Matuszak, Dave Diamond, Patty Bennett and Randi Dickson. Before the puck dropped, each of them had the opportunity to reach into a gift bag and select a hockey puck. The bag contained four autographed pucks and one non-autographed puck. The person who received the non-autographed puck was our grand prize winner and was able to join the Shirts Off Our Backs selection process. Click here to see the finalists pick their pucks!

Dollar Energy Fund’s grand prize winner was Joe Delozier and, through Shirts Off Our Backs, he received Patric Hornqvist’s autographed, game-worn jersey on the ice. Congrats, Joe!

Thank you to all of the Penguins fans who purchased raffle tickets. Each ticket resulted in a $5 donation for Dollar Energy Fund. The Fan Appreciation Night Raffle raised nearly $8,000 and all proceeds will be used to help our neighbors in need restore or maintain basic utility service.

Looking Back: 2018-2019 Mid-Year Review

Posted on: April 2, 2019

Dollar Energy Fund is halfway through a successful 2018-2019 program year. Take a look at what we have accomplished during the past six months, with the help of our staff, utility partners and supporters.

November

  • In November, the 10th annual Warm Your Hearth, Touch a Heart Campaign kicked off with a reception at Hearth and Home Furnishings in Zelienople. Efforts to date have brought our ten-year total to more than $160,000, including a generous match from Peoples, to assist gas customers throughout Butler County.
  • Dollar Energy Fund was the presenting sponsor and benefiting charity of Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland for the second year in a row. Shadrack’s made a generous donation of $20,000 to Dollar Energy Fund. Through a partnershp with Chick-fil-A, coupons were distributed to customers to receive $2 off admission. Dollar Energy Fund received $1 donation for every coupon redeemed. These efforts resulted in utility assistance for 115 local families.
  • Request-A-ThonDollar Energy Fund hosted its 2nd annual Winter Warm Up Request-A-Thon at iHeartMedia studios and broadcasted on 3WS Pittsburgh. The event raised $93,872 to provide utility assistance to approximately 260 Pittsburgh families who were struggling to stay warm.
  • Duquesne Light Company supported Dollar Energy Fund during its Power It Forward campaign through a ’12 days of giving’ fundraiser and text-to-give campaign for Pittsburghers in need.
  • Dollar Energy Fund participated in #GiveBigPittsburgh, an online giving day hosted by the Pittsburgh Magazine on Giving Tuesday.
  • Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania and Dollar Energy Fund teamed up to host our first ever Topgolf Fundraiser in November. The event raised $12,210, including a dollar-for-dollar match by Columbia, to benefit customers in need. This amount provided much-needed heating assistance to approximately 35 households this winter.

December

  • In December, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania hosted a fundraiser in partnership with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. A portion of every Pittsburgh ticket sold was donated to Dollar Energy Fund, totaling more than $11,200.
  • Dollar Energy Fund received notification from the McCune Foundation that our organization was awarded $250,000 in grant funding to support the preliminary planning of the Utility Scale Solar Generation Facility.

January

  • In January, Dollar Energy Fund raised more than $156,000 during its 5th annual Cool Down for Warmth event in Market Square. The amount raised gave assistance to approximately 450 Pittsburgh families and individuals who were struggling to afford safe utility service.
  • During Cool Down for Warmth, we hosted our 3rd annual Bowls for Warmth Soup Tasting, presented by BNY Mellon. Twenty-one local restaurants showed up to support Dollar Energy Fund and serve cups of soup to the lunchtime crowd. Bowls for Warmth raised over $10,000 in two days, including a match from our utility partners.

February

  • In February, Dollar Energy Fund’s 11th annual Warmathon on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA raised $155,000, which provided utility assistance grants to 430 Pittsburgh-area households.

March

  • Through our partnership with the Pittsburgh Penguins, we hosted a variety of fundraisers this season to expand our reach and awareness in the community. Our Jerseys for Warmth Auction raised more than $53,000 to benefit Peoples Natural Gas customers in need. In March, our Fan Appreciation Night Raffle raised nearly $8,000, including a match from our utility partners.
  • This year, Dollar Energy Fund started contracts with many new utility partners. We now administer programs for Pacific Gas & Electric, West View Water Authority, and Maryland American Water.
  • Most importantly, Dollar Energy Fund has distributed over 10,700 grants, totaling more than $3 million across the country since October 1, 2018.

 

With your help, we can continue to provide immediate and direct assistance during our 2018-2019 program year. Your contribution, no matter how big or small, can make an extraordinary impact by ensuring local, limited-income families maintain or restore safe utility service and get on a path to self-sufficiency. If you would like to get involved during this program year, subscribe to our email newsletters to stay up-to-date on our latest fundraising campaigns. We have many more fundraising opportunities coming up this summer, including our Fishing for a Cause tournament and Golf Classic.

On behalf of the many individuals, seniors and families we’ve helped, we thank you for your continued support!

Spring Energy-Saving Tips

Posted on: March 20, 2019

Today marks the beginning of spring and a new opportunity to make your home more energy-efficient. Here are just a few simple tips to improve the comfort of your home as warmer temperatures arrive, while also saving money on utility bills.

Open Windows

Use the breeze at night to cool your home without switching on air conditioners.

Block the Sun

Shade your home from direct sunlight – use shades, drapes and awnings to block the sun from heating your home.

Grill Outside

Move the cooking outside on warm spring days to keep the heat out of your home.

Clean Out the Refrigerator

By removing unneeded and expired food, air will circulate more efficiently inside the fridge. Clear dust from the coils behind your fridge to reduce energy consumption.

Adjust the Ceiling Fan

Move the small switch on the side of your ceiling fan to make the blades rotate counterclockwise and create a cool breeze. If you feel airflow when standing directly under the fan, it’s working.

Turn Down the Water Heater

Switch your water heater temperature to the warm setting (120°F).

Give AC a Tuneup

Check and replace your air filters regularly and schedule annual maintenance with a qualified technician.

Seal Air Leaks

Use low-cost caulk or weather stripping to keep warm air from seeping in.

 

Win the Ultimate Penguins Fan Experience

Posted on: February 26, 2019

Penguins

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 www.warmathon.com 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 www.dollarenergy.org/donate 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.

Visit www.warmathon.com for more information.

 

*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: www.mgive.com/T.

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.

Click here to view more event photos.

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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