FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 4, 2017
Capitals Raise More Than $130,000 Through Hockey Fights Cancer Campaign
Donations benefit five cancer-related charities
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals and Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) Foundation raised $130,242 for five cancer-related charities through its November Hockey Fights Cancer campaign.
The funds will be split between Flashes of Hope, Hope for Henry, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
The Capitals teamed up with FORTUNE 500® science and technology company Leidos throughout November to educate the hockey community about cancer through Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month. Hockey Fights Cancer is a league-wide initiative founded by the NHL and NHL Players’ Association and is dedicated to raising awareness for national and local organizations involved in cancer care and research.
MSE Foundation hosted an auction featuring signed lavender jerseys worn during warmups on Nov. 2; autographed, used hockey sticks with lavender tape; signed, limited-edition Hockey Fights Cancer pucks; two Hockey Fights Cancer-themed and autographed goalie masks worn during Hockey Fights Cancer Night; a team-signed Hockey Fights Cancer practice jersey; and a team-signed lavender Hockey Fights Cancer flag.
Eighteen jerseys were auctioned for $1,000 or more, with T.J. Oshie’s jersey the top seller at $3,100. Holtby’s mask was auctioned for $4,000, while Grubauer’s mask was auctioned for $1,850. Other top bid recipients were jerseys worn and autographed by Alex Ovechkin ($3,000), Tyler Graovac (1,850), Jay Beagle ($1,800), Evgeny Kuznetsov ($1,750) and Matt Niskanen ($1,750).
All proceeds from Capitals mobile seat upgrades platform from the Nov. 2 (New York Islanders), Nov. 6 (Arizona Coyotes), Nov. 20 (Calgary Flames) and Nov. 30 (Los Angeles Kings) games benefited the Capitals’ Hockey Fights Cancer beneficiaries. In addition, fans were able to purchase custom-made lavender T-shirts in honor of #CapsFightCancer online, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the campaigns beneficiaries. Hockey Fights Cancer pins also were available for purchase at the Kettler Capitals Iceplex Team Store and online through the auction. Proceeds from MSE Foundation’s Nov. 2 50/50 fundraiser and cash donations also rounded out the total.
About Hockey Fights Cancer
Hockey Fights Cancer is an initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association to raise money and awareness for hockey’s most important fight. To date, through the NHL’s U.S. and Canadian charitable foundations, more than $16 million has been raised under the Hockey Fights Cancer initiative to support national and local cancer research institutions, children’s hospitals, player charities and local cancer organizations. The Hockey Fights Cancer program is also a component of the NHL’s “Biggest Assist Happens Off the Ice” campaign - the League’s long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world.
The Hockey Fights Cancer program is supported by NHL Member Clubs, NHL Alumni, the NHL Officials’ Association, Professional Hockey Trainers and Equipment Managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America.
About Flashes of Hope
Flashes of Hope is a nonprofit organization that raises money for pediatric cancer research and changes the way children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses see themselves through the gift of photography. The goal of Flashes of Hope is to photograph every child until every child is cured. MSE Foundation and the Capitals established the D.C. chapter of Flashes of Hope and also support the Northern Virginia chapter.
About Hope for Henry
Hope for Henry is reinventing how hospitals care for seriously ill children and their families through innovative programs that entertain, reduce stress and empower children to be active participants in their own care. Since 2003, Hope for Henry has improved the lives of more than 16,000 kids and families at Children's National, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and other hospitals around the country.
Leidos is a Fortune 500® science and technology solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 32,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $7.04 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2016. For more information, visit www.Leidos.com.
About the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. We are the voice for all blood cancer patients and we work to ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients. For more information visit http://www.lls.org/.
About Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic®
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic serves children who reside in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Founded in 1983, the organization has granted more than 9,500 wishes in the Mid-Atlantic region since its inception. This year alone, 840 local children are expected to be diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. However, for every wish granted, at least one more local child is waiting. The community has the opportunity to make an impact today by helping Make-A-Wish to reach hundreds of kids whose wishes would go otherwise go unanswered this year. For more information, please visit: www.midatlantic.wish.org.
About Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure. The organization is leading the way to increase survival for people diagnosed with this devastating disease through a bold initiative — The Vision of Progress: Double Pancreatic Cancer Survival by 2020. To continue to accelerate progress, a goal to raise $200 million by 2020 is also in place. For more information visit https://www.pancan.org/.