The Washington Capitals and the Washington Capitals’ Wives Club raised $12,385 through their Happy Hockey Holiday Silent Auction at the Caps game against the Canadiens Dec. 23. All proceeds will be funneled through Washington Capitals Charities and donated to the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation, the official charity of the NHL and the NHLPA.
Capitals players and their wives created and donated gift baskets made up of the players’ favorite things for the auction. Each basket included at least one autographed item. Baskets were made for Mathieu Biron, Andrew Cassels, Chris Clark, Steve Eminger, Jeff Halpern
, Jamie Heward, Olie Kolzig, Bryan Muir, Alex Ovechkin
, Matt Pettinger, Brian Willsie and Dainius Zubrus. Three baskets went for at least $1,000, with Ovechkin’s raising the most money at $5,000.
This is the third year the Capitals have hosted a holiday auction for charity. To date, the Capitals and the Wives Club have raised more than $30,000 for charity.
The Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation contributes financial resources to nonprofit organizations that benefit children's health, education and inner-city services. Every dollar contributed is tripled through an affiliation with other donors. Because outside sources secured by the Foundation cover all operating expenses, 100% of donated money is distributed to children's charities. For more information on the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation, go to www.touchemall.com/indexOld.htm.