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Caps Care Classic Raises Nearly $240,000 for Charity

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Caps Care Classic, the Washington Capitals’ charity golf tournament, raised $238,072 to benefit Children’s National Medical Center, Athletes Against Autism and Washington Capitals Charities. The event, which was held Monday, Oct. 2, at the Springfield Golf and Country Club in Springfield, Va., featured Capitals players, coaches, staff and owners, politicians and celebrities among the 27 foursomes who took the course on a beautiful fall afternoon.

 
“We had perfect weather and a gorgeous setting to help support the Children’s National Medical Center, Athletes Against Autism and Washington Capitals Charities,” chairman and majority owner Ted Leonsis said. “Thanks to the generous support of the sponsors and participants and the enthusiastic participation of our players, this event was once again an overwhelming success.”
 
Contributions came from sponsors, participants and fans who took part in the Caps Care Classic online auction, and in total surpassed the $220,000 that the event raised in 2005. Major sponsors at the $15,000 level included BAE Systems North America, Freddie Mac, Hyjek and Fix, Inc. and The Leonsis Foundation. Among the many personal contributions made by Capitals players was a $700 donation by left wing Donald Brashear.
 
Left wing Alex Ovechkin, who co-chaired the tournament with chairman and majority owner Ted Leonsis and Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA), provided one of the golfing highlights when he aced the par-3, 160-yard fourth hole. Ovechkin hit tee shots on the fourth hole throughout the day while he greeted groups as they came through and posed for photographs.
 
“This was my first time playing golf. I guess it's easy,” Ovechkin said with a smile. “Most important, I’m glad that we are able to raise so much money and help support these worthy causes.”
 
The Capitals open the season on Thursday, Oct. 5, at the New York Rangers. Opening Night at Verizon Center is set for Saturday, Oct. 7, against the defending Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes. A Fan Fest on F Street NW begins at 5 p.m., with faceoff set for 7 p.m.
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