The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation’s 10th anniversary
season began on Thursday, Oct. 10. That evening,
they welcomed some amazing kids to the Pittsburgh
Penguins game for special experiences. The honored
guests certainly had a night to remember, and their
10 incredible stories will be cherished forever.
Nineteen year-old Mason Markosky
came into the lives of the Pittsburgh
Penguins Foundation and Penguins
organization five years ago.
Mason’s mom, Catherine, began
STAT Ligonier Therapeutic Center and
applied for a Penguins Foundation
Grant, which is funded by the gameday
50/50 Raffle. When Cat arrived for
her check presentation, Mason was
by her side excited to meet his new
friends at the Penguins. The Penguins
Foundation quickly learned that Mason
loves all things Penguins-related,
especially his “best friend” Dave,
who is the president of the Penguins
Foundation. Each time Mason visits
the office with his family, Mason
greets everyone by blowing kisses and
talking to everyone through his iPad.
Over the years, Mason has moved
from a wheelchair to being able to
walk all thanks to the services of STAT,
a therapeutic horse-riding center in
Ligonier that provides hippotherapy.
Thanks to these amazing animals and
the strength of Mason, Mason was
able to walk onto the ice by himself
to stand next to the National Anthem
singer at the Penguins game on 10.10.
Through his 'Saves MATTer'
program, Matt Murray supported
a local charity, the Ward Home.
Last season, he assisted countless
kids by raising over $73,000 and
inspired even more, one being Tia. Tia
decided to follow in Matt's footsteps
by dedicating her 14th birthday
party to support Matt's program
to help the kids at Ward Home.
The Penguins Foundation was proud
to support Matt and his program,
and were inspired by Tia’s kindness.
As a part of the 10th anniversary
celebration on 10.10, the Penguins
Foundation invited Tia and her cousin
to be special guests at the game and
ride the Zambonis, but what Tia did
not know was that was not the only
surprise she would have that night.
After the game, Matt surprised Tia and
met with her and her family to thank
her for her selflessness and support
of a program so close to his heart.
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