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AUCTION ADDS TO PENGUINS SCHOLARSHIP FUND

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Posted on February 9, 2011

Penguins fans scored autographed jerseys and a memorable game-night experience, but Cal U students were the ultimate winners of a recent online auction hosted by the Pittsburgh hockey club.

When bidding closed Feb. 4, nearly $10,000 had been added to the Pittsburgh Penguins Scholarship at California University of Pennsylvania.

The auction proceeds will boost the scholarship fund over the $20,000 mark.

Previous auctions netted more than $11,600 for the fund, which was established in 2009.

“Cal U and its students are to be commended for their commitment to this auction and the scholarship fund,” said Mark Turley, director of corporate media sales for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

“It’s an honor for the Penguins organization to work with such a great education partner as Cal U for the betterment of its students and to provide these types of opportunities.”

Eight packages were on the block in the latest fundraiser, including a game-night experience with game tickets for four, dinner in the Lexus Club and a chance to view warm-ups from the penalty box.

Fans also bid on four all-star packages, two Winter Classic packages and an Iceburgh mascot party for kids. High bidders won items autographed by players Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Marc-Andre Fleury and Jordan Staal.

“The auction results were outstanding,” said Craig Butzine, interim vice president for marketing and university relations at Cal U. “The University’s partnership with the Penguins has created a number of opportunities for our students, including internships and other resume-building experiences.

“But scholarships remain our students’ greatest need, and once again the Penguins have stepped up to help. Their support truly is making a difference.”

Cal U is the official education partner of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pittsburgh Penguins Scholarship is awarded annually to a student who demonstrates financial need and maintains a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.