As we all know, sports fans will go to great lengths to get an up-close glimpse of their favorite players. On Saturday night at the Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, Caps fans donated nearly $302,000 toward charity in the Caps’ fifth Casino Night.
While game-worn skates autographed by Alex Ovechkin and a framed autographed puck set each fetched $1,950, and an autographed canvas print of Braden Holtby went for $1,850, the most popular fund raisers were four real-life experiences with Caps players.
Bowling with Ovi (winning bid: $11,250): Four fans will bowl with Capitals forwards Stanislav Galiev, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin and defenseman Dmitry Orlov at Lucky Strike Lanes in Washington, D.C. The group will enjoy bowling plus appetizers and drinks.
Cooking with Oshie and Alzner (winning bid: $11,000): Four fans will join Caps forward T.J. Oshie and his wife, Lauren, and defenseman Karl Alzner and his wife, Mandy, in a cooking lesson withaward-winning chef RJ Cooper. Cooper will lead participants in a cooking demonstration in the kitchen of his Washington, D.C., restaurant, Rouge 24. After the lesson, fans will enjoy the meal they created together. Winners also received a certificate for a 16-course jaunt menu at Rogue 24.
Beer, food tasting (winning bid: $10,200): Four fans will enjoy a chef’s tasting dinner and brewery tasting tour at The Arsenal at Bluejacket in Washington, D.C., with goaltender Braden Holtby, forwards Jason Chimera and Justin Williams and defenseman Matt Niskanen. Dinner and tasting was donated by The Neighborhood Restaurant Group.
The money raised will benefit Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation., which supports the charitable efforts of the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards. In its five years, the Capitals have raised more than $1.5 million for charity through Casino Night.