Washington Capitals players Brett Connolly, Nic Dowd, Pheonix Copley and Chandler Stephenson hosted a holiday party on behalf of Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation for families adopted through the Foundation’s Family-to-Family program on Wednesday night at MedStar Capitals Iceplex. NoVa Caps photojournalist Joe Noyes was on hand for the event.
This year more than 20 families were adopted through Family-to-Family, an initiative created by the Wizards 22 years ago that provides holiday cheer to underserved, deserving families in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
Families played street hockey and got to interact with Santa, Capitals mascot Slapshot and the Caps Spirit Squad. A DJ, face painter, caricature artist and balloon artist were also on hand to provide entertainment for the children. SuperFd donated hot chocolate for the guests. Presents for families to unwrap in celebration of holidays later this month were also distributed.
The gifts were purchased in November when Capitals and Wizards better halves and Mystics player Natasha Cloud partnered on a holiday shopping spree at Walmart to benefit more than 100 adults and children involved in this year’s program.
The party marks the eighth year that MSE sports teams have collaborated on the Family-to-Family program, which allows them to “adopt” families in need who are nominated by local schools and nonprofit organizations.
A few of the images from this evenings event:
You can make a donation to the Capitals MSE Foundation program here.
Photos by Joe Noyes