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Capitals to Host Salute to the Military Night Feb. 8

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Caps and partners to donate 5,000 tickets to military personnel
WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 5, 2007 – The Capitals will host their fifth Salute to the Military Night on Thursday, Feb. 8, when the team takes on the Los Angeles Kings at Verizon Center. Salute to the Military Night is a special evening dedicated to honoring the men and women who are serving our country in the armed forces.  The Capitals are a proud member of the America Supports You team, a Department of Defense program that recognizes citizens’ support for members of the U.S. Armed Services and their families.

With the support of corporate partners such as AAI, Alaska Structures, BAE Systems, Boeing, Citrix, ESTS, General Atomics, Morgan Franklin, Object Video and SRA, the Capitals will donate more than 5,000 tickets to military personnel attending the game.  America Supports You is helping to distribute the complimentary tickets to military personnel serving in the greater Washington, DC area.  In addition, the branches of the military and several America Supports You Home Front non-profit groups will have informational tables on the main concourse where fans can learn how they can show their support for military members and their families.  The Capitals will broadcast America Supports You public service announcements on the in-stadium video screens, asking fans to text a message of support by texting “Thanks” to TXASY (89279).
The Capitals will also collect gift pack items for Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services Elite (CAUSE) at the game. CAUSE provides comfort items and recreational opportunities for soldiers recuperating from wounds and injuries suffered in Iraq and Afghanistan. Fans are asked to bring items such as stamps, video games, DVDs and gift cards – anything that might cheer up recovering soldiers – to Verizon Center for donation. Items for the drive will be collected at each entrance of the arena. The gift packs are put together and delivered several times a year to soldiers hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center.  For more information about CAUSE, call 703-481-8830 or visit CAUSE will also have a table behind section 104 on Salute to the Military Night.
As spokesperson for the Capitals and CAUSE gift pack drive this season, Washington captain Chris Clark is proud of the team’s involvement in the program and hopes fans will come out in full-force, to show their support for the troops.
“The CAUSE drive gives our fans and organization an opportunity to show our gratitude to this country’s servicemen and women,” Clark said. “All of the sacrifices that are made by these people and their families to protect our nation is tremendous. I am proud that our team is involved in such a great program. I really hope the fans come out in full-force and make these gift packs the best they can be for people who give their best everyday for us.”
The Caps also will host a silent auction at the Community Relations table behind section 104 when doors open at 6 p.m., until the beginning of the third period. Fans may bid on autographed Capitals items with all proceeds benefiting CAUSE.
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