Pittsburgh Police Officer Mike Smidga, Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert and Officer Anthony Burke take part in a ceremonial puck drop with Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) and New York Islanders left wing Anders Lee (27) before an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. The officers were wounded in a synagogue shooting on Oct. 27, 2018.(AP Photo/Don Wright)

Penguins give nearly $350,000 to synagogue massacre victims

November 08, 2018 - 4:45 pm

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have donated nearly $350,000 to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh to benefit the victims of last month's synagogue massacre.

The Penguins on Thursday presented $348,705 to the federation and representatives of the Tree of Life Synagogue.

The team launched the "Stronger Than Hate" fundraising campaign after the Oct. 27 shooting that killed 11 congregants. They auctioned off signed jerseys, sold "Stronger Than Hate" patches, had a blood drive and a text-to-donate program.

The team says it also will be donating $200,000 to the city's newly-created trust fund to honor the police, fire, medics and public safety personnel who responded to the shooting, especially the six officers who were wounded.

The patches are still on sale and the jersey auction continues until Nov. 13.

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