Pittsburgh, PA— Jan. 23, 2020 — For the 6th year, Dollar Energy Fund’s Cool Down for Warmth, powered by Dynegy, took over Pittsburgh’s Market Square. The event raises funds and awareness for Western Pennsylvania residents, struggling to afford the cost of heat-related utility services. For two days, the community was able to visit a 1,000 square-foot ice house, participate in the Bowls for Warmth Soup Tasting, receive giveaways, and donate to support their neighbors in need.
The house, constructed by Mastro Gourmet Ice was made possible by Dollar Energy Fund, a national leader in providing utility assistance to limited-income households, and through sponsorships from Dynegy, UPMC, Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania, Dunkin’ and Dormont Appliance. Crews from Mastro Gourmet Ice began construction of the house in Market Square on Monday, January 20, placing each ice block individually to form the interior and exterior walls, but preparations began in September as they started forming the 249 blocks needed to build the structure. Each block of ice weighs 300 lbs.
“We bring Cool Down for Warmth to Market Square to draw attention to the many households in this region who struggle to afford the basic costs of heat-related utility service,” said Chad Quinn, chief executive officer for Dollar Energy Fund. “Each year, this event serves as a way for us to spread the warmth to our neighbors in need. We encourage the community to support Dollar Energy Fund and this event by visiting the ice house, enjoying soup during Bowls for Warmth, and making a contribution to benefit this cause to ensure no one is at risk of facing a Pittsburgh winter without utility service.”
Since the first Cool Down for Warmth in 2015, $840,000 has been raised to benefit more than 2,400 households in western Pennsylvania.