One hundred volunteers joined Capitals’ wives and girlfriends Ashley Beagle, Rachel Fehr, Mandy Flemmer, Kim Hendricks and Mackenzie Keeley for the Greater DC Cares Servathon at Fort Dupont Ice Arena on Saturday, April 16. This was the second consecutive year that Washington Capitals Charities partnered with Greater DC Cares to host a day of service at Fort Dupont Ice Arena in Southeast D.C.
As volunteers checked in, they signed up for various projects and received T-shirts courtesy of the Capitals and Greater DC Cares. The event kicked off with welcoming remarks from Laura Toscano of Greater DC Cares, Elizabeth Wodatch of the Capitals and Ty Newberry of Fort Dupont. The volunteers then went to work on indoor projects that included waxing the boards, cleaning the glass, painting the lobby and hallway behind the bleachers, cleaning hockey equipment, putting together goals and organizing hockey equipment. Despite heavy rain, many dedicated volunteers also worked on outdoor projects that included washing windows, weeding and mulching tree boxes and flower beds, raking leaves and sweeping the sidewalks and parking lot. Music was played to keep all of the volunteers motivated and in high spirits as they worked hard on their tasks, while the outdoor volunteers were kept warm with coffee and hot chocolate.
Fort Dupont executive director Julie Brunton attended the event, as did chairman of the board Willem Polak, along with several other board members. Greater DC Cares president and CEO Dr. Madye Henson also stopped by the rink to check on the progress of the project.
After the projects were finished and supplies were cleaned up, the volunteers were again thanked for their hard work and dedication. All of the participants were then treated to lunch.
Fort Dupont is the only public indoor ice arena located in Washington, D.C., and the only skating facility in the area that provides free or subsidized skating programs to children. Its Kids On Ice program provides free figure skating, hockey and speed skating lessons to economically disadvantaged children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn these sports. Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena partners with public and private schools, summer camps, churches and local community organizations to promote and deliver its programs to more than 7,000 children per year.
Greater DC Cares is the leading and largest coordinator of volunteerism in the region. Greater DC Cares comprehensively mobilizes volunteers and strengthens the capacity of nonprofits to better impact communities and the key issues in the Greater D.C. Region. Greater DC Cares works with a network of 840 nonprofits, 32,000 volunteers and a host of corporate and foundation partners working together to positively impact the region. Learn more at www.greaterdccares.org
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