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Caps Care Classic Charity Golf Tournament Raises $171,487 for Children's National Medical Center, Athletes Against Autism and Washington Capitals Charities

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – The annual Washington Capitals charity golf tournament, the Caps Care Classic, raised $171,487 to benefit Children’s National Medical Center, Athletes Against Autism and Washington Capitals Charities. The event, held on Monday, Oct. 1 at the Springfield Golf and Country Club in Springfield, Va., featured Capitals players, coaches, staff and owners, alongside local media members and celebrities. Willie O’Ree, the first black player in NHL history also participated in the event, which consisted of 25 foursomes.

“I had a wonderful time playing with Willie O’Ree at this year’s Caps Care Classic,” said Capitals chairman and majority owner Ted Leonsis. “This annual event always raises funds for great charitable causes. I was proud to participate in this year’s event that benefited Children’s National Medical Center and Athletes Against Autism, which was founded by Olie Kolzig.”

Nicklas Backstrom
Contributions came from sponsors, participants and fans who took part in the Caps Care Classic in many different ways. The Capitals hosted an online auction at that raised a total of $7,665 The team’s prize wheel and special hole challenges including the longest drive and closest to the pin, helped to raise $10,322 on the day of the tournament.

Major sponsors who took part in the event at the $15,000 level included The Leonsis Foundation and BAE Systems North America. $10,000 sponsors included Altria Corporate Services, Inc., AAI Corporation, The Boeing Company, Agusta Westland North America and Thales North America, Inc.

The Capitals open the season on Friday, Oct. 6, against the Atlanta Thrashers. Opening Night at Verizon Center is set for Saturday, Oct. 6, against the Carolina Hurricanes. Faceoff is slated for 7 p.m.
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