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Nearly 100 Volunteers Attend Servathon 2010 at Fort Dupont Ice Arena

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Nearly 100 volunteers joined Capitals’ wives and girlfriends Rachel Fehr, Mackenzie Keeley, Aimee Laing and Diondra Steckel and mascot Slapshot for the Greater DC Cares Servathon at Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena on Saturday, April 24. The Caps partnered with Greater DC Cares to host a day of service at Fort Dupont Ice Arena in Southeast D.C.

Volunteers arrived at the rink before 9 a.m. and were greeted by Ty Newberry, general manager of Fort Dupont. Newberry divided everyone into groups to work on projects that included waxing the boards, cleaning the glass, painting the lobby,washing windows, cleaning hockey equipment, putting together goals, weeding and mulching tree boxes and flower beds and sweeping the sidewalks and parking lot. Music was played to keep all the volunteers motivated and in high spirits and everyone was treated to pizza when the projects were done.

“This was a great event and we accomplished more than we could’ve hoped with all of the volunteers that came out today,” said Newberry. “Thanks to the Capitals and Greater DC Cares for making this project a success.”

Willem Polak, chairman of the board of directors for Friends of Fort Dupont Ice Arena, thanked all of the volunteers for their hard work at the conclusion of the project. Each volunteer who participated received T-shirts courtesy of the Capitals and Greater DC Cares along with passes to a free open skate at Fort Dupont and coupons from several other local businesses.

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 10,000 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 more than 750 nonprofits, 24,000 volunteers and a host of corporate and foundation partners working together to positively impact the region.
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