FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 5, 2016
MSE FOUNDATION MILITARY NIGHT JERSEY AUCTION RAISES MORE THAN $46,000 FOR CHARITY
ARLINGTON, VA. – Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation raised $46,125 for Defending the Blue Line and USO of Metropolitan Washington Baltimore through an auction on Salute to the Military Night on Feb. 4 during the Capitals game against the New York Islanders. Salute to the Military Night is an evening dedicated to honoring the men and women who have served the country in the armed forces.
The MSE Foundation auction featured autographed jerseys, goalie masks and pucks. During warmups, players wore camouflage Capitals jerseys which were signed and auctioned off. Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer also wore military-themed goalie masks during the game.
Fifteen jerseys sold for more than $1,000, with captain Alex Ovechkin’s jersey selling for the most at $1,900. Holtby’s autographed mask sold for $5,350 and a framed, autographed team Military Night camouflage puck set sold for $3,050.
Defending the Blue Line
The mission of Defending The Blue Line is to ensure that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey. DTBL provides free equipment, hockey camp scholarships, special events and financial assistance for registration fees and other costs associated with hockey for military kids.
Celebrating 75 years of service, USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore (USO-Metro) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization chartered by Congress, and dedicated to “serving those who serve, and their families” in Washington D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. Through generous financial and in-kind support from individuals and organizations and the help of thousands of devoted volunteers, USO-Metro provides programs and services for active duty service members and their families at area military hospitals, through its Mobile USO, six USO Centers, including two of the largest the Warrior and Family Centers at Fort Belvoir and Bethesda, and four USO airport lounges.