ARLINGTON, Va. – More than 400 fans helped Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and the Washington Capitals raise nearly $302,000 for charity at the fifth Capitals Casino Night presented by Leonsis Foundation on Nov. 14 at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, Va.
Casino Night featured the entire team along with coaches and alumni participating in casino games with fans. There also was a raffle and silent auction featuring game-used equipment and autographed memorabilia as well as a live auction featuring interactive experiences with Capitals players and coaches.
The money raised will benefit Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards. MSE is committed to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and focuses on the following five pillars to maximize its impact and engagement with the community: youth basketball and hockey, education and scholarship, pediatric health and fitness, military and veterans' affairs and hunger and homelessness.
Doors opened at 6 p.m. and VIP ticket holders were able to mingle with the entire team along with coaches and owners. After the VIP reception, the players entered the ballroom casino, which featured blackjack, craps, roulette, Texas hold ’em and slots.
Some of the most popular auction items at the event included:
How Do You Say Bowling in Russian?: Four fans will bowl with Capitals forwards Stanislav Galiev, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin and defenseman Dmitry Orlov at Lucky Strike Lanes in Washington, D.C. The group will enjoy bowling plus appetizers and drinks ($11,250).
Cooking with Caps and RJ Cooper: Four fans will join Caps forward T.J. Oshie and his wife, Lauren, and defenseman Karl Alzner and his wife, Mandy, in a cooking lesson with Chef RJ Cooper. James Beard award-winning chef Cooper will lead participants in a cooking demonstration in the kitchen of his Washington, D.C., restaurant, Rouge 24. After the lesson, they’ll enjoy the meal they created together. Winners also received a certificate for a 16-course jaunt menu at Rogue 24 ($11,000).
Caps Craft Beer Experience: Four fans will enjoy a chef’s tasting dinner and brewery tasting tour at The Arsenal at Bluejacket in Washington, D.C., with goaltender Braden Holtby, forwards Jason Chimera and Justin Williams and defenseman Matt Niskanen. Dinner and tasting was donated by The Neighborhood Restaurant Group ($10,200).
Top Capitals silent auction items included game-worn skates autographed by Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin ($1,950), a Washington Capitals framed, autographed puck set ($1,950) and a 18”x24” autographed canvas print of goaltender Braden Holtby ($1,850). Top items overall in the silent auction included a NHL All-Star package ($3,700), a Napa Valley travel package ($3,300) and a Montreal Getaway travel package ($3,000).
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation would like to thank all of the sponsors who helped make the night a success: Royal Flush Presenting Sponsor Leonsis Foundation; Straight Flush Sponsors Carl M. Freeman Foundation, The Mody Foundation, and SWaN & Legend; Four of a Kind Sponsor The Stafford Foundation; and Full House Sponsors Annette and Theodore Lerner Family Foundation, Show Biz Productions and LLC SMI Sign Systems, Inc.
To date the Capitals have raised more than $1.5 million for charity through Casino Night.
View a Casino Night photo gallery on MonumentalNetwork.com.