Renovate the Rink started off as an idea last spring. PittComm wanted to reach the community in a way that was impactful and aligned with our company’s expertise. With the help of the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, we were able to identify the need for improvements within the local hockey rinks. With success of the many hockey programs offered by the Pittsburgh Penguins, many rinks could not keep up with the growth of the sport. Through this need, Renovate the Rink was developed, and one local rink would become the recipient of a $100,000 arena renovation.
During the contest, over 400 submission were received, nominating 16 eligible rinks. We had the opportunity to get out in the community, meet with local rink managers, and hear about the problems that their facilities faced. It was a tough task to whittle the list down to three rinks! At the beginning of February, we announced that Hess Ice Rink, Kirk S. Nevin Arena, and The Ice Mine were chosen as the finalists. It was then up to voters to choose which rink they felt should be named the winner.
The three-week voting period was a whirlwind. Each rink was either featured on the news, in their local paper, or on the radio. It was amazing to see the amount of support given by each community! On February 22, voting closed, and we anxiously awaited the announcement of the winner at the Pittsburgh Penguins game on March 10th.
Last Sunday, we had the pleasure of hosting Hess Ice Rink in a suite and announcing that they are the grand prize winner of Renovate the Rink! Beaming faces from the PittComm and Hess team could be seen on the video board, as we presented them with a $100,000 check.
While this contest has ended for the public, it has just begun for the PittComm team. We are excited to provide Hess with upgrades needed, so that they may better serve the members of their community. We look forward to starting construction on the facility this summer, and to share the transformation once complete!