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MSE Foundation and the Washington Capitals Raise more than $144,000 for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors through 2014-15 Courage Program

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation executive director Elizabeth Pace and Telos Corporation CEO John Wood presented Bonnie Carroll, president and founder of Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), with a check in the amount of $144,500 on April 15, at Verizon Center.

The money was raised through the Courage program presented by Telos Corporation. The Capitals and Wizards sold team-issued Courage-branded hats to benefit TAPS for the third-consecutive season. The Caps also sold Courage T-shirts.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from more than 4,000 Courage hats and nearly 2,000 Courage T-shirts sold during the 2014-15 season benefit TAPS, a national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America's fallen military heroes. Since the program launched during the 2007-08 season, the Courage campaign has raised more than $630,000 for charity through the sale of nearly 20,000 Courage hats in eight years and nearly 9,000 Courage T-shirts in six years.

"TAPS will be able to help so many families grieving the loss of their loved ones in service to our nation thanks to the generous donation from our friends at Telos and Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation," said Carroll. "The Courage campaign makes a profound difference in the lives of surviving families."

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To launch the 2014-15 Courage campaign, Washington Capitals American-born players John Carlson, Jack Hillen, Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, mascot Slapshot and Red Rockers hosted more than 150 children and adults assisted by TAPS for a skating party at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Feb. 24. The Wizards tipped off their Courage program by treating TAPS families to a luncheon at the Player’s Club in Verizon Center with a visit from mascot G-Wiz and Wizard Girls. After practice the families got to meet Wizards players on the practice court and shoot some hoops.

TAPS is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America's fallen military heroes. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, seminars for adults, good grief camps for children, case work assistance and a 24/7 resource helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces, regardless of the location of the death or the circumstances of the death. Services are provided free of charge. For more information about TAPS, visit or call the toll-free help line at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277).

Telos Corporation empowers and protects the world's most security-conscious enterprises with solutions and services for continuous security assurance of individuals, systems, and information. Telos offerings include cybersecurity solutions and services for IT risk management and information security; secure mobility to protect globally connected enterprises; and identity management to establish trust in personnel and continuously monitor for insider threats. The company serves military, intelligence and civilian agencies of the federal government, allied nations, and commercial organizations around the world. For more information, visit

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