ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals held their third annual Amazing Auction after the Caps game on Sunday, March 17, at Verizon Center. The auction, hosted by Capitals players’ wives and girlfriends, raised a record $96,995 for Washington Capitals Charities and Sports Plus, a metropolitan-D.C., non-profit organization that offers co-ed sports programs to children with developmental disabilities. More than 300 people were in attendance at the sold-out event.
Following the team’s 2-1 shootout victory against Boston, Capitals players, coaches and vice president and general manager George McPhee headed to the Acela Club to meet, mingle and sign autographs for guests at the Amazing Auction. The participants were treated to dinner and drinks, and had the opportunity to meet the entire team and take part in a silent auction, live auction and raffle. All attendees left with an Amazing Auction t-shirt, an Autism Awareness car magnet and a Capitals-branded Sharpie.
The highest bid of the evening came during the live auction when one fan bid $12,200 for an NCAA men’s basketball tournament package that included four row A tickets to Thursday’s 2008 NCAA men’s basketball games at Verizon Center, as well as a pair of tickets to Saturday’s matchups. Capitals captain Chris Clark and leading scorer Alex Ovechkin
will attend the games on Saturday with the lucky winner. The silent auction saw its highest bid of $3,500 go to a framed Washington Capitals "Young Guns" poster autographed by Nicklas Backstrom
, Mike Green
, Ovechkin and Alexander Semin
. The live auction raised $35,350 for both charities, while the silent auction raised an impressive $33,100.
Sports Plus is a metropolitan Washington based nonprofit organization that offers year-round, uniquely structured co-ed sports and swimming programs for children between the ages of 5-14 with mild to moderate autistic spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD and other developmental disabilities.
Washington Capitals Charities
Created in 2000, Washington Capitals Charities is the nonprofit entity of the Washington Capitals. The Washington Capitals and Washington Capitals Charities are dedicated to the enhancement and development of the community that has supported them for so many years. Washington Capitals Charities offers unique resources and programs to other charities and organizations on behalf of the Washington Capitals.