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Capitals Players Spread Holiday Cheer at Miracle on Seventh Street

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Green, Laich and Pettinger participate in community event

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Three Washington Capitals players - defenseman Mike Green, center Brooks Laich and left wing Matt Pettinger - spent Christmas Day with 400 underprivileged children and their families at District ChopHouse & Brewery in downtown Washington, D.C. The District ChopHouse & Brewery worked through the Rock Bottom Foundation and partnered with The Child and Family Services Agency of Washington, D.C., for their fourth annual Miracle on Seventh Street event.

Green, Laich and Pettinger spent time talking to the families in the dining room, while signing autographs, handing out their player cards and taking photos. Volunteers from organizations throughout the city served the families roast turkey, ham, vegetables, mashed potatoes, stuffing and cookies. Children at the event met and took photos with Santa Claus, and participated in an arts and craft project and got their faces painted. All of the families were presented with Christmas gifts including jersey bags from the Capitals, toys from Toys for Tots, clothing, toiletries and other essential supplies. Capitals fans donated toys for the event at the team's Toys for Tots toy drive on Dec. 16.

“I've been here three of the four years that ChopHouse has hosted this event and it's something I look forward to each season,” said Pettinger. “It's great to see these deserving families being able to enjoy Christmas. I'm proud to be a part of Miracle and can't wait to come back and help out again next year!”

 “The Miracle event is a holiday tradition for our company and the D.C. community. We're honored to partner with area agencies to provide some holiday cheer to those who deserve it most,” said David Greenberg, executive managing partner for the District ChopHouse & Brewery. “We're also touched at how many of our District area neighbors have raised their hand to help either by volunteering or donating.”

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