Thursday, February 4, 2010

Help the Caps Raise Funds for Haiti

We've all seen the horrific devastation resulting from the recent earthquake in Haiti; the loss of life and unimaginable damage in this already poor country is beyond heartwrenching. Alex Ovechkin recently teamed up with fellow stars from the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB to film a PSA for Haitian relief efforts. The Washington Capitals will be reaching out to aid the victims of the disaster by collecting monetary donations from fans entering the Verizon Center for Sunday's sold-out game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Capitals' wives and girlfriends will be on hand to collect donations at the doors. Washington Capitals Charities will match the money collected during the game and all funds will go to Inova Health System Foundation, who has sent volunteers from the area and supplies to Haiti to assist in the recovery process.

Red Rockers along with game-night staffers will also be collecting donations during the intermissions on the concourse and as fans exit Verizon Center after the game. Fans can also drop off donations during the game at the Community Relations table located on the main concourse at section 104.

Immediately after the devastating earthquake struck, Inova sent two Fairfax County Search and Rescue teams to Haiti and have remained engaged in the area treating injured individuals. The team included Dr. Dan Hanfling, who is also Inova’s Medical Director of Emergency and Disaster Medicine. Inova has been supporting this team with medication and supplies as they have deployed them into the quake zone.

In addition, Inova has been supporting the efforts of the Community Coalition for Haiti who have been assembling medical service teams, comprised of volunteer health professionals, many of who are Inova employees or community physicians who are part of the Inova family. These teams were also “on the ground” soon after the quake struck and have provided life-saving and health preserving care to hundreds of individuals, many of whom had no other source of medical help.

Hockey Mom encourages all you generous Caps fans who'll be in attendance as we take on the rival Penguins, to reach deep into your pockets and help the Capitals in their fundraising efforts. These vital funds will be used for immediate medical relief for the thousands of victims as well as long-term assistance with much-needed supplies and personnel.

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