EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Capitals 50/50 Raffle Winner Who Donated Winnings To Pittsburgh Synagogue Affected By Shooting

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When a man went on a shooting spree in a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 27, 2018, the effects of the tragedy, which killed 11 people, were felt around the country. The sports teams of the city – including the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins – did their part to honor and remember the victims and in turn, the rest of the sports world rallied behind them. 

The Capitals generously donated their half of their nightly 50/50 raffle ticket winnings (which totaled $19,285) from Wednesday’s game against the Penguins to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and the synagogue affected by the shooting, through the team’s Monumental Sports Foundation. Thursday afternoon the team announced that the fan who won the other half waived their winnings so the team could donate the full $38,570. In this exclusive interview, NoVa Caps talks to the donor (who prefers to remain anonymous) about his contribution and the reason behind doing so.

The donor, a Capitals Season Ticket Holder, had winnings totaling $19,285, something the Caps mentioned in a tweet, including the winning ticket number, 131066. When we asked the donor about his reason behind donating an amount of money that many people would jump at the chance to claim, he responded:

stronger-than-hate_750xx3750-2109-0-221“My son and I have been season tickets holders for almost 10 years. As much fun as watching the Caps has been, it’s also been a great opportunity to use hockey – something he loves – to share important life lessons,” said the donor. The rivalry with the Pens is one of the best in sports, it’s easy to set that aside and support each other in times of tragedy. Particularly when you have a hate crime, it’s time for all of us to stand up. It’s so important that we stand up to hate. It is utterly ridiculous that people hate others because of their skin color, where or how they worship, who they date, or where they were born.”

Asked if he’s softening on the Pens, he said, “I’ll continue to enjoy cheering on the Caps louder than ever when they play Pittsburgh, but I hope we can all be Stronger Than Hate.” We asked the donor what he hopes others take from this act of generosity, considering the amount in winnings passed up, to which he responded:

“I didn’t waive the winnings to send anyone a message. It was really a no-brainer for me and my family. We walked out a few dollars poorer with the money we spent to buy the tickets but infinitely richer in spirit knowing that we were helping others. I would hope that others would be inspired to donate as well, whether it’s in Pittsburgh or in their own communities. It’s incredibly important that we stand up to hate wherever we see it.”

NoVa Caps would like to thank the donor for his interview and would like to commend him on his amazing act of generosity.

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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3 Responses to EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Capitals 50/50 Raffle Winner Who Donated Winnings To Pittsburgh Synagogue Affected By Shooting

  1. Andrew Clem says:

    This thought crossed my mind when the amount was won. It’s the act not the team. This man and organization are class acts. I love being a Captails fan, win or lose, we are the good guys.

  2. Aaron Baum says:

    What a mench!

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