Hello, RMNB family.
About five years ago, my mom was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Since that time, my family, led by my Mom, has held a number of fundraisers for Team Fox, the fundraising program at the Michael J. Fox foundation.
This year, one of the fundraisers we are doing is a Caps raffle. The proceeds from the Caps raffle will go to support my cousin Colleen who is running in the NYC marathon in support of Team Fox. All of the money donated to Colleen’s fundraiser will go to Team Fox.
The Washington Capitals are auctioning off a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a small and somewhat insignificant coaching decision during a meaningless exhibition game. During the Capitals final preseason tilt of the fall, one fan — hopefully a Caps fan — can “determine the starting lineup and announce the starters to the team” in the Verizon Center locker room.
The winning bidder will also receive four glass-side seats. That’s perfect so the fan and their closest friends can see how the decision plays out.
Before Barry Trotz became head coach of the Washington Capitals, he spent 17 years in Nashville as the bench boss of the Predators. During that time, Trotz not only became the face of the Predators’ franchise, but also an integral part of the Nashville community. One big reason for that is Barry’s son Nolan.
Trotz’s teenage son has down syndrome and during his time in Nashville, Trotz cultivated a strong relationship with Best Buddies in Tennessee. Now he’s looking to have an even bigger impact with the Washington Capital Region chapter.
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin on Sunday made his first public appearance since reports surfaced he got married to fiancee Nastya Shubskaya over the weekend. Ovechkin played in Slava Kozlov’s farewell hockey game in Voskresensk near Moscow. Kozlov won two Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings (1997, 1998) and two Gagarin Cups (2011, 2012).
The tournament is operated by the Andrea Henderson Memorial Fund, a volunteer-only 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization. Every penny of the proceeds from the tournament will support cancer research at the Kimmel Center. Since the tourney’s beginnings, Leap Towards A Cure has raised over $100,000 and counting for the Kimmel Center.
Photo: Peterborough Examiner
For most Capitals fans, the end of April was a joyous time. The Caps had just beaten the Philadelphia Flyers in six games and looked poised to do the same to the Pittsburgh Penguins in round two.
Lost in the shuffle of the Caps playoff run however, was the news of a deeply difficult time for one of the organization’s most prolific playoff performers: John Druce. Druce’s daughter Courtney died on April 27 in hospice care, eight days shy of her 28th birthday, after her fifth bout with cancer. First diagnosed in 2004 at the age of 15, Courtney courageously fought the disease for 12 years.
Each year the Kraft Hockeyville competition picks one small ice rink to host an NHL preseason game and get $150,000 in upgrades. This year, the Rockville Ice Arena in Maryland is one of ten finalists for the big prize.
Rockville Ice Arena is the home of the USA Warriors.
Together we’re gonna win it for them and get important upgrades for veterans and youth hockey. Let’s do it.
This weekend, long-time friend of the blog Eric Rigsby will be helping out with a two-day hockey tournament to benefit Frederick County’s Kline Hospice House. There’ll be good hockey to watch (I’ve watched these guys play; they’re semi-amazing) and a huge raffle with a lot of prizes.
I’ll let Eric explain.
Gianpaolo deVito of Arlington is growing a mustache for Movember. Gianpaolo writes:
Hey guys! First, I just want to say thanks for giving me the opportunity to even try to promote my Movember run on your page. I promise it will be fantastically pathetic! (the hair growth, not the fundraising hopefully!)
My name is Gianpaolo, was a Caps STH for a few years (this year I’m getting married and had to give em up….) and I read the blog at least twice a day…. I promise I stay busy at work but we all need breaks right?
I’m doing this for a couple of reasons, the first is there can never be enough cancer research and as far as I’m concerned, Movember is one of the few organizations that actually uses the funds they raise to do good work.
Secondly, my team, the Mo Faux’s, has been one of the highest contributing teams in Movember history. A little backstory, a colleague of mine is a prostate cancer survivor. Most of the guys on the team have worked along side or with him at one point in time and it’s become a major cause for all of us.
Hope to get on the website! [Ed note: Boom. Done.]
To you good people of RMNB I submit a mustache limerick:
There once was a mustache named Mo.
He followed wherever I’d go.
He tickled and played, through Movember he stayed,
“Aw, can we keep him wife?” Her reply “Hell no!”
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