Penguins legend Phil Bourque working to help families in need for the holidays

PITTSBURGH — Penguins Stanley Cup champion Phil Bourque already has an eye on the holiday season with a goal of helping families in need.

Bourque, who now works as a radio analyst for the Penguins, is working with a local charity, Inspired Hearts and Hands to raise money for Butler County students and their families for the holidays.

“I’d love for Pittsburgh to rally around this and pony up and open your wallet,” said Bourque, “goes to a great cause, a lot of families in Butler County that are down and out financially.”

The 2021 fundraiser is called Raise the Paddle, an auction that begins Monday and runs through Sept. 16th. Bourque is using his connection to the Pittsburgh sports teams and other Pittsburgh athletes for a long list of unique auction items, including tickets to concerts for The Rolling Stones, the Jonas Brothers and Genesis. Other auction items include:

  • Bowling with Sidney Crosby and Colby Armstrong
  • Golfing with former Pirate Sean Casey
  • Fishing with former Steeler Brett Keisel
  • Dinner with Neil Walker at Capital Grille
  • 16 seats in a suite plus parking for a Penguins game
  • 4 tickets to the Steelers-Bears game
  • 4 Homeplate Club tickets for the Pirates

Bourque is passionate about this charity because he sees firsthand the difference it makes.

“You donate $1000, I’ll show you where the thousand dollars goes, and it’s going to go in the right place to help people feed their families,” he said.

For more information on Inspired Hearts and Hands, you can visit their website at inspiredheartsandhands.com.