ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals team president Dick Patrick and SKYDEX Technologies president and CEO Mike Buchen presented Bonnie Carroll, president and founder of Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), with a check in the amount of $105,742.76 on Tuesday, Mar. 7, at Verizon Center as part of Caps Military Night. This money was raised through the Capitals Courage Caps program presented by SKYDEX Technologies, and raised more than double the 2010-11 campaign. The Capitals sold 2,464 Courage Caps and 1,923 Courage T-shirts during 2011-12 season.
“The great success of this year's campaign has gratified and overwhelmed us all,” said Buchen, whose SKYDEX Technologies sponsored this season’s campaign. “There is no organization more deserving than TAPS and no better partner than the Washington Capitals. SKYDEX is proud to have been part of this effort.”
"We at TAPS are deeply grateful for the Capitals' commitment to military families and for their energy in carrying out this year's campaign”, said Carroll. “And we are grateful to SKYDEX Technologies for sponsoring the campaign and making this all possible. The proceeds from Courage Caps will be an enormous help in providing much-needed services to the survivors of our fallen military heroes."
This year the Caps sold camouflage Courage Caps and T-shirts with camouflage Courage logos for $20 at Capitals home games, online at WashingtonCaps.com and at the Washington Capitals Team Store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. For $50 fans were able to purchase Courage Caps or T-shirts signed by Nicklas Backstrom
, Mike Green
, Alex Ovechkin
, Alexander Semin
or Tomas Vokoun
; for $35, fans were able to purchase Courage Caps or T-shirts signed by any other individual Capitals player.
Washington Capitals Charities hosted 100 members of TAPS for a two-hour long skating party and pizza lunch at Kettler Capitals Iceplex with Caps forwards Jeff Halpern
and Mike Knuble
, on Nov. 7, 2011, to kick off the initiative.
Courage Caps is in its fifth season and has raised nearly $250,000, including a record number this season. The Washington Capitals have sold more than 8,000 Courage Caps in five years and more than 3,000 Courage T-shirts in three years.
TAPS is a national nonprofit organization providing compassionate care for the families of America's fallen military heroes. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, seminars for adults, good grief camps for children, case work assistance and a 24/7 resource helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. For more information about TAPS, go to www.taps.org or call the toll-free help line at 800.959.TAPS (8277).
SKYDEX, a privately held technology company headquartered near Denver, is the industry leader in developing innovative protective materials that mitigate shock, vibration and/or energy forces for the most demanding military applications. Its technologically advanced innovations include blast-mitigating flooring for combat vehicles, padding for military helmets, vibration-attenuating seating for both ground vehicles and helicopters and shock absorbing decking for high speed interceptor boats. SKYDEX is a leading supplier to armed forces around the world. To learn more about SKYDEX Technologies, visit www.skydex.com or view the SKYDEX online press kit here.