Mario Lemieux Foundation Receives Outstanding Foundation of 2008 Award

Mario Lemieux Foundation

The Mario Lemieux Foundation received the Outstanding Foundation of 2008 award by the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals today at the National Philanthropy Day Reception in Pittsburgh

The chapter recognizes, “Founded in 1993 by hockey legend Mario Lemieux shortly after his diagnosis and treatment for Hodgkin’s disease, the Mario Lemieux Foundation, based in Bridgeville, has donated millions of dollars to area institutions. A $5 million gift to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center established the Mario Lemieux Center for Patient Care and Research in 2001, including a lab focusing on Hodgkin’s disease research. A $1 million gift just one year later established the position of Endowed Chair in Pediatric Oncology Research at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

“Another initiative, the Austin’s Playroom Project, was created following Mario and his wife Nathalie’s personal experience while caring for their premature son at Magee-Womens Hospital. In just eight years enough funds have been raised to complete 11 playrooms with another seven scheduled to open in the coming months.

“The Lemieux Family has experienced many personal challenges, but rather than leaving these experiences in the past, Mario and Nathalie have used them as a catalyst for public service, selflessly donating both time and money to help others” (Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals).