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Capitals' "A"mazing Auction Night Raises More Than $52,000 for Athletes Against Autism and Washington Capitals Charities

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Olie Kolzig Mask and Jersey to Be Auctioned Off This Week
Washington, D.C. – March 20, 2006 – Washington Capitals players and wives held an auction fund-raiser after the Capitals’ game Sunday and raised $52,877 a total that will rise with the addition of an online auction this week. Proceeds from the “A”mazing Auction Night benefited Washington Capitals Charities and Athletes Against Autism.

Fans purchased a ticket to the auction for $100, generating $19,100 in ticket sales. Silent and live auctions as well as a raffle raised $33,777 the night of the event. The highest auction item was a bowling party at Lucky Strike with four Capitals players that went for $4,100. Dinner with Dainius Zubrus went for $3,000, while an authentic Alex Ovechkin jersey went for $2,000.
Tomorrow an online auction element will be added to the fund-raiser. The Capitals will auction off an Olie Kolzig goalie mask and a Washington Capitals game-worn Kolzig jersey from the 1994-95 season. The opening bid for the mask will be $5,000, and bidding for the jersey will start at $2,500. Fans can visit Tuesday to bid on the items.
One of the beneficiaries of the event, Athletes Against Autism, was co-founded by Capitals Kolzig. An initiative of Cure Autism Now, Athletes Against Autism was organized to raise awareness and funds for autism research, treatment and family support programs.
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