The Caps’ Better Halves raised $23,250 for Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation through their annual gift basket silent auction held at the Capitals game against the Boston Bruins on Saturday, April 27.
The Caps’ Better Halves created 11 themed gift baskets: BBQ, cooking, date night, game night, golf, fitness, ladies, Canadian, players’ favorite things, sports fan and Washington Nationals. Each basket included a Capitals team-autographed jersey and player-autographed stick. The baskets also included autographed sports memorabilia from other sports teams, restaurant gift certificates, event tickets, jewelry and other items hand-picked by the players and their better halves.
All of the baskets sold for $1,400 or more, with five selling for more than $2,000. The Nationals gift basket, which included game tickets and memorabilia signed by Bryce Harper, Ross Detwiler, Steven Strasburg and Ryan Zimmerman, raised the most money, selling for $4,000. The sports fan basket sold for $3,000 and the players’ favorite things basket sold for $2,525.
Created in 2013, Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation supports the charitable efforts of all the professional teams under its umbrella: the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards. The foundation is committed to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and focuses on the following five pillars to maximize its impact on the community: education and scholarship, hunger and homelessness, military and veterans' affairs, pediatric health and fitness and youth basketball and hockey.
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