Elementary student raises money for Wins for Kids

Posted on May 1, 2015, in Lancer Life

Edinboro Elementary student Jacob Haugh didn’t ask for any birthday gifts. Instead, the third grader requested something else — donations.

Haugh raised $2,521 in three weeks 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.

“I thought I had everything I needed, and I wanted to help out kids who can never go to games,” said Haugh during the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pre-Game Show on Sunday, April 19. The show airs again on Friday, May 1, following the Pirates Postgame show.

During the pre-game show, Haugh met Pirates manager Clint Hurdle and even had the opportunity to sit in his chair. For the game, Haugh got to sit in a suite, which was also offered to other kids with autism.

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.

Haugh isn’t done his fundraising efforts, either. His goal is to get $3000 by the end of the Pirates’ season! Donations can be are online. ┬áIn order to count towards Jacob’s goal, please make your donation “In Honor of Jacob.”