Five hundred fans helped Monumental Sports & Entertainment and the Washington Capitals raise more than $300,000 for charity at the fourth Capitals Casino Night presented by Salamander Hotels & Resorts on March 12 at the Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, Va.
Casino Night features the entire team along with coaches and alumni participating in casino games with fans. There also is a raffle and silent auction featuring game-used equipment and autographed memorabilia as well as a live auction featuring interactive experiences with Capitals players and coaches.
The money raised will benefit Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation, which supports the charitable efforts of the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards. MSE Foundation is committed to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and focuses on the following five pillars to maximize its impact and engagement with the community: youth basketball and hockey, education and scholarship, pediatric health and fitness, military and veterans’ affairs and hunger and homelessness.
After the VIP reception, the players entered the ballroom casino, which featured blackjack, craps, roulette and Texas hold ’em. There were also instructional gaming tables and Wii video game stations.
Some of the most popular auction items at the event included:
Capital Segway Tour with the Caps: Four fans will participate in an hour-long Segway tour of Washington, D.C., with Karl Alzner, Nicklas Backstrom, Mikhail Grabovski, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov and Alex Ovechkin. Together they will explore historical sites around Washington, D.C., in the fall of 2014 ($8,100).