WASHINGTON, D.C. September 9, 2005
Today more than 50 players and alumni from the Capitals, D.C. United, Mystics, Nationals, Redskins and Wizards raised more than $35,000 to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina in a special “Drive-Thru” donation program in conjunction with the American Red Cross.
Jared Aulin, Steve Eminger, Matt Pettinger and Brian Willsie represented the Capitals at the fundraising event. Personnel from the teams were on hand from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. at RFK Stadium to personally accept monetary donations from motorists and pedestrians who showed up to demonstrate their support by making contributions.
“This drive demonstrates the character of the D.C. sports community,” stated Linda Mathes, CEO of the American Red Cross National Capital Area Chapter. “The players were so moved by the disaster that they felt they personally wanted to make a difference. We can’t thank them enough.”
In addition, each team donated two items to be signed by every team’s representatives. The Capitals autographed hockey stick and jersey will be auctioned off later this year to raise additional funds for the American Red Cross.