Raising more than $3000 wasn’t enough for Edinboro Elementary student Jacob Haugh.
For the second year in a row, the fourth grader isn’t asking for birthday gifts. Instead, he is requesting donations once again for Wins for Kids, a program that raises funds to support the Pittsburgh Pirates Charities and the Center for Prader-Willi Syndrome at the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh.
Last year, he raised a little over $3000. This year, his mission is to double that.
“I have everything I need, I don’t need any more presents,” said Haugh, who will turn 10 on April 5. “I wanted to donate to my favorite baseball team and then I did some research and found this program.”
Thanks to a few different initiatives, Haugh is about halfway there. Edinboro Elementary School held a fundraiser Friday, where faculty and staff could donate money to wear their favorite sports team shirt. The fundraiser raised more than $300 for the cause.
California University of Pennsylvania and Robert Morris University’s hockey teams held a fundraiser game, as well. He’s also placed donation buckets in the venues of local businesses.
His initiatives will be featured in a Root Sports Pittsburgh documentary-like-story that will air sometime in April. Root Sports Pittsburgh spent the day with Haugh in Edinboro earlier this month.
Last year, Haugh’s fundraising efforts made him the second largest donor behind Clint Hurdle. He helped to give kids with autism an opportunity to watch a Pittsburgh Pirates’ game from a suite. During the pre-game show, Haugh met Pirates manager Clint Hurdle and even had the opportunity to sit in his chair.
All monies that are raised through Wins for Kids are split evenly between Pirates Charities and the Center for Prader-Willi Syndrome at the Children’s Institute. Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) is a rare, complex genetic disorder that affects many parts of the body and the Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh is the only hospital-based site in the world treating children and adults with Prader-Willi Syndrome. Hurdle’s 11-year old daughter Maddie has Prader-Willi Syndrome.
Since the 2011 season, generous fans have helped raise more than $225,000 to improve the lives of children and adults in the Pittsburgh community.
Donations can be made online. In order to count towards Jacob’s goal, please make your donation “In Honor of Jacob.”