ARLINGTON, Va. – Nearly 500 fans helped the Washington Capitals raise $304,900 for charity at the second Caps Care Casino Night and Auction on Jan. 9 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.
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 ($25,000).
- Wine tasting with the Bruce and Crystal Boudreau, Mike and Megan Knuble and David and Diondra Steckel in a private room at Total Wine & More featuring eight hand-selected wines, stemware and an educational handout for tasting notes ($11,250).
- A hockey clinic for 20 people at Kettler Capitals Iceplex with assistant coach Bob Woods, forwards Matt Hendricks and Brooks Laich, defenseman Mike Green and goaltender Semyon Varlamov ($10,000).
- Two lucky Caps fans will watch John Wall and the Wizards take on LeBron James and the Miami Heat in VIP seats with Caps captain Alex Ovechkin and left wing Jason Chimera. After the game, the group will be escorted to the floor for a photo ($8,000).
Doors opened at 6 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 and Texas hold ’em. There were instructional tables along with video game stations – Wii bowling and Rock Band. Participants were treated to complimentary food – lamb pita, shrimp and boursin filo bundle, quail, Maryland crab cake sliders, kobe beef sliders, cubano sliders, a sushi bar, a sate bar and a liquid nitrogen ice cream bar – along with beer, wine and signature cocktails.
There were three silent auctions where participants were able to bid on autographed sports memorabilia and Capitals’ game-used equipment 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.
Washington Capitals Charities would like to thank all of the sponsors who helped make the night a success: The Leonsis Foundation, Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City, Accenture, SKYDEX, American Service Center and Mercedes-Benz of Alexandria, Capital One Bank, GEICO, Sidera Networks, Jeong and Cindy Kim, Sentrillion, Show Biz Productions and SMI Sign Systems, Inc.
Last year the event raised $287,721 for a total of $592,621 raised for charity in two years.
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.