ARLINGTON, Va., – Nearly 500 fans helped the Washington Capitals raise $285,397 for charity at their first Caps Care Casino Night and Auction Jan. 24 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Va. A majority of the money raised will benefit Washington Capitals Charities – which supports community programs in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area – while $25,000 will be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank, the charity of choice of the Capitals players’ wives.
Some of the most popular auction items at the event included:
a coaches’ cocktail party at Bruce Boudreau’s home with Bruce and Crystal Boudreau, Dean and Sherry Evason and Bob and Mary Sue Woods that raised the most money of any item ($24,000)
a table tennis tournament with Nicklas Backstrom
, Tomas Fleischmann, Mike Green
and Brendan Morrison in the players’ lounge at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and lunch provided by The Front Page Restaurant
a round of golf at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., with Caps majority owner Ted Leonsis and forward Mike Knuble
a hockey clinic at Kettler Capitals Iceplex with assistant coach Bob Woods and forwards Jason Chimera
, Brooks Laich
, David Steckel and two-time NHL most valuable player Alex Ovechkin
a Peter Bondra autographed game-worn jersey from the 1997-98 season that was the top item from the silent auction at $2,372.
Doors opened at 6:30 p.m. to VIP ticket holders, who mingled with the entire team along with coaches and owners. After that the players entered the gaming area, which featured blackjack, craps, roulette, Texas hold ‘em and a chance to win a Mercedes-Benz from American Service Center and Mercedes-Benz of Alexandria. There were instructional tables along with video game stations – Wii bowling and Rock Band – in the foyer for everyone to enjoy. The participants were treated to complimentary food – a carving station, slider bar, sushi bar and tapas bar – along with beer, wine and signature cocktails during the event.
There were three silent auctions where participants were able to bid on autographed sports memorabilia and Capitals’ game-used equipment, a live auction with one-of-a-kind experiences with Capitals players, coaches and owners and two raffles – one that attendees could buy tickets for and another that guests could enter with the money they won from the casino games.
The Washington Capitals Charities would like to thank all of the sponsors who helped make the night a success: Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, The Leonsis Foundation, Accenture, American Service Center and Mercedes-Benz of Alexandria, Assured Information Security (AIS), Capital One, GEICO, Hyjek & Fix, RCN, Thales, KPMG LLP, Larson Allen, Prudential Carruthers Realtors and Sentrillion. 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 maintain and support community programs in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area that encourage participation in hockey, serve to educate youth, assist those who are less fortunate and focus on health and wellness. Washington Capitals Charities offers unique resources and programs to other charities and organizations on behalf of the Washington Capitals. Capital Area Food Bank
The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest public nonprofit food and nutrition education resource in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Last year, the Capital Area Food Bank distributed 23 million pounds of food, including 6.6 million pounds of fresh produce, to more than 700 partner agencies. The Capital Area Food Bank has served the National Capital region for 29 years.