FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 23, 2018
– Katrina Connolly, wife of forward Brett Connolly, and Isobel Kuchinsky, girlfriend of goaltender Philipp Grubauer, recently presented a check for $69,695.23 on behalf of Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation to Sue Bell, founder and executive director of Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. Watch a video of the check presentation on
The funds were raised through the sale of more than 3,500 2018 Capitals Canine Calendar. The calendar was sold for $20 and featured photos of Capitals players Jay Beagle, John Carlson, Taylor Chorney, Brett Connolly, Lars Eller, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, T.J. Oshie and Alex Ovechkin with their dogs and Nicklas Backstrom, Madison Bowey, Alex Chiasson, Christian Djoos, Tyler Graovac, Philipp Grubauer, Braden Holtby, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Aaron Ness, Dmitry Orlov, Devante Smith-Pelly, Jakub Vrana, Nathan Walker and Tom Wilson with dogs from Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.
All photography and photo retouching was generously provided by Virgil Ocampo Photography.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from calendar sales benefitted Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. The funds will allow Homeward Trails to provide medical and behavioral care, as well as permanent homes for rescued animals. Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation has donated more than $250,000 to Homeward Trails through the sale of its Canine Calendar since 2014.
Homeward Trails Animal Rescue is a nonprofit organization that provides pet adoption in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. Homeward Trails seeks to find permanent adoptive homes in the mid-atlantic region for dogs and cats from high-kill shelters or whose owners can no longer care for them. They seek to reduce the rate of euthanasia of adoptable animals through the rescue and placement of homeless animals; to support proactive spay/neuter practices; to promote positive and ongoing behavioral training; and to educate the public about how to care for their animals in a humane way. Homeward Trails not only facilitates adoptions from local shelters, but also supports a large network of foster care providers who take homeless dogs and cats into their homes, care for them, rehabilitate them when needed, and prepare them for their permanent adoptive homes. For more information on Homeward Trails, go to