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Washington Capitals Give Back During the Holiday Season

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Capitals will celebrate this holiday season by giving back to the community in a number of ways, including:

•    Hosting the Happy Holiday Silent Auction to benefit Washington Capitals Charities;
•    Participating in the Miracle on Seventh Street on Christmas Day; and
•    Adopting six local families for the holidays.

The Washington Capitals and the Washington Capitals’ Wives Club will team up Dec. 23 to hold the Happy Hockey Holiday Silent Auction. The auction will take place at the community relations table behind section 104 of MCI Center during the Capitals’ game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Capitals players and their wives are creating and donating gift baskets made up of the players’ favorite things for the auction. Each basket will include at least one autographed item. Bidding for the baskets will begin when doors open at 6 p.m. and will conclude at the beginning of the third period. The Capitals and the Wives Club have raised nearly $20,000 for Washington Capitals Charities with similar auctions the past two seasons.

Mathieu Biron, Matt Pettinger, Brian Willsie and their wives will participate in Miracle on Seventh Street at the District ChopHouse and Brewery in downtown D.C. on Christmas Day, Dec. 25. This event will provide more than 400 under-privileged children and their families with a feast of roast turkey, ham, vegetables, white cheddar mashed potatoes and fresh baked cookies; clothes to include a new coat, shoes, socks, hat, gloves, sweatshirt and sweatpants; essential supplies and toiletries; and new toys for every child delivered by Santa himself.

Biron, Pettinger and Willsie will spend time with the families, serve them dinner and sign autographs. This is the third year the District ChopHouse has hosted this event, and each year the Capitals have been involved.

Biron, Andrew Cassels, Jamie Heward, Bryan Muir, Pettinger and Willsie will be adopting families through Calvary Baptist Church for the holidays. Six underprivileged D.C. area families will create Christmas wish lists that the Caps players and their wives will fulfill.

The six players will deliver the gifts to the families before Christmas. After the holiday (tentatively Dec. 29) the Caps players and their wives will host an event for the families where they will share a meal, spend time together and get to know each other.  

Capitals season tickets, which were reduced an average of 11%, and partial plans are available by calling 202-266-CAPS. Plan holders can also take advantage of the Caps PowerPay option – monthly payments with no fees or charges. Individual game tickets, which also were reduced, are on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets. Visit WashingtonCaps.com for additional ordering and ticket information.
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