ARLINGTON, Va. - The December Hath's Heroes fundraiser, created by Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway and his wife Lindsay, raised $12,215 through Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation. Proceeds will be used to fund future Hath's Heroes initiatives and programming for first responders in the Washington, D.C., region.
Silent auction items including three 30-minute virtual experiences with Hathaway and select teammates, autographed Reverse Retro jerseys, and an autographed stick sold for a combined $6,400. Hathaway's personal lower-bowl tickets to a future Capitals home game and post-game meet and greet with Hathaway sold for $1,500. Fan donations totaled $4,315.
"We can't thank Caps fans enough for supporting Hath's Heroes and taking part in this fundraiser," said Hathaway. "It's because of the community's involvement that we are able to continue supporting our local First Responders, and we can't wait to share our future initiatives with you."
The Hathaways launched Hath's Heroes in 2019 to give back to first responders. As part of Hath's Heroes, Hathaway provides tickets to select Capitals games to local first responders. Postgame, Hathaway meets the ticket recipients and gives them a tour of the Capitals locker room. In addition to donating tickets, Hathaway visits local fire stations throughout the season and spends time with first responders. Through fan support, the Hath's Heroes program provided 3,962 meals prepared by SuperFd Sports Performance and Nutrition to first responders and families affiliated with local nonprofits Kid Power and DC Central Kitchen in the spring of 2020. More recently, Hath's Heroes provided more than 940 holiday meals prepared by SuperFd to firehouses in Arlington, Va., Alexandria, Va., Fairfax, Va., and Prince George's County, Md., for Thanksgiving.
Hath's Heroes and the nonprofit organization Mindful Junkie hosted a Mindfulness For First Responders training session in September. The workshop highlighted how mindfulness can help first responders manage stress on and off the job. First responders learned the science of mindfulness, how to identify triggers and de-escalate emotional response, and more. Mindful Junkie Outreach is a not-for-profit organization that empowers first responders with mindfulness strategies to be safe, healthy and emotionally regulated.
Hathaway's great-grandfather, Garnet Mcelroy, was a firefighter in Winnipeg, and his experiences inspired Hathaway to launch Hath's Heroes.