At Saturday’s Charity Hockey Classic, the Deloitte Dragons defeated the Booz Allen Minutemen 3-1, but the real winners were the kids and families who will benefit from the successful fundraiser. The 6th annual Charity Hockey Classic brought together hockey players, corporate sponsors, community organizations, and families to support Children’s National Health System at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. Through sponsorships, online fundraising, ticket sales, and a silent auction, the event raised $67,000.
The day featured close games between the Deloitte Dragons and the Booz Allen Minutemen, and between Maryland and Virginia “Friends of Children’s National” teams. The Kettler Mites scrimmaged between the games with Dr. Bear. There were also appearances by the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders, the Red Rockers, Robb Spewak and Oscar Santana of the Mike O’Meara Show, and Wes Johnson, the voice of the Washington Capitals. Corporate sponsors included the Washington Financial Group, Yoko Co., Cadre, Booz Allen, and Deloitte.
“This event started in 2009 with a small group of hockey players who wanted to play for a good cause,” said event chair Adam Bartholomew. “We’re thrilled to be able to support Children’s National Health System for the first time this year. Because their mission is so important to families throughout this region, our partnership took the event to a new level.”
Ashley Husich of the Children’s Hospital Foundation said, “People find so many creative ways to raise money for Children’s National — walks, runs, baseball tournaments – but the Charity Hockey Classic was our first hockey tournament. It was obvious that the players, sponsors, partners, and attendees were passionate about hockey, but equally passionate about raising money to help children and families.”
Congratulations and thank you to the top 10 players/fundraisers:
1. Shawn Cali, Booz Allen
2. Mark Miller, Maryland
3. Brian Dutton, Virginia
4. Kevin Naderkhani, Virginia
5. J.R. Rudzki, Maryland
6. David Mohler, Maryland
7. Chris Wolske, Deloitte
8. Stephen Pardes, Maryland
9. Chris Yoko, Virginia
10. Malcolm Hyson, Virginia