Pittsburgh Penguins Cancel Halloween Night to Hold Benefit for Victims of Synagogue Shooting

Synagogue Shooting
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have canceled a Halloween-themed night at the rink, and will replace the event with a fundraiser for the victims of the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

The original Halloween event was scheduled for Tuesday, but after Saturday’s ruthless attack on the Jewish synagogue, the team has decided to organize to help the families of this great crime, KDKA reported.

The team issued a statement on the decision:

‘The Pittsburgh Penguins join the greater Pittsburgh community in standing up against this senseless violence and supporting the victims and families of the Tree of Life Synagogue,’ said David Morehouse, president and CEO of the team. ‘Under these circumstances, we determined it was not appropriate to continue with our annual Halloween theme on Tuesday, so those activities have been canceled. The entire city has a heavy heart.’

Fans can make donations at all three gates of PPG Paints Arena, the team said.

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