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Players Attend Battle to Beat Cancer Event

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Washington Capitals defenseman Shaone Morrisonn, left wing Matt Pettinger, minority owner Jack Davies and mascot Slapshot attended the Battle to Beat Cancer III Dinner Auction and Gala on Friday, Jan. 27 at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Va.

This event is put together annually by the Ashburn Oldtimers Hockey Club to benefit Special Love, Inc. This year’s event had special significance, as the Oldtimers also honored Richard “Goldberg” Mason, who died of a heart attack in July 2005 while playing in a local hockey tournament. Mason was one of the event’s original organizers and played in goal for both the Oldtimers and the IceHogs.

The Caps players mingled with guests, signed autographs and joined the attendees for dinner. Morrisonn and Pettinger also presented Mason’s widow, Lynn, with a team-signed Capitals jersey.

“It’s great to be able to come out and support such a worthy cause,” said Morrisonn. “I had a great time tonight and look forward to doing more in the community.”

Special Love is a nonprofit organization that provides cancer families a network of support made up of other patients and families who know and understand the trials and triumphs of the cancer experience. It is the result of Tom and Sheila Baker's desire to establish a support group for children with cancer and to honor their daughter who lost her battle against the deadly disease. In 1983, the Bakers began their organization with a week of summer fun called Camp Fantastic which has grown into a year full of events, with more than 15 week and weekend retreats and special outings. For more information on Special Love, go to

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