Jose Theodore's 'Saves for Kids' charity raises $35k
From a team news release:
Theodore raised money for Saves for Kids, a fundraising program that benefited the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children's National Medical Center. Theodore and his wife, Stephanie Cloutier, lost their two-month-old son, Chace, last August from respiratory complications related to a premature birth. It was at Children's National where Jose and Stephanie spent most of their time during their son's 54-day life. With Saves for Kids, Theodore wanted to create a foundation to honor his son's life and to give back to the hospital. Theodore donated $2 for every save, $100 for every win and $500 for each shutout he had during the regular season. During the playoffs, Theodore donated $5 for every save. F.H. Furr Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning Inc., a Lennox Premier Dealer, matched Theodore's donation dollar for dollar. Washington Capitals Charities also made a contribution to the cause along with generous Capitals fans who were able to donate money to Saves for Kids via PayPal on WashingtonCaps.com. The total money raised through Saves for Kids was $35,000.00 which Theodore will present to the NICU at Children's National Medical Center on Friday, May 7, at 1 p.m.
Defenseman Mike Green will also present a check to the hospital on Monday:
Green along with Elliot Segal of DC101's Elliot in the Morning are the founders of So Kids Can, a fundraising initiative that benefits a different youth-focused nonprofit organization each year. Green donates $100 for every goal he scores and $50 for each assist during the regular season. The figures are doubled during the Stanley Cup Playoffs with Elliot matching dollar for dollar. The Washington, D.C., community has embraced the charity as well. During the summer of 2009, a Papa John's promotional campaign raised $45,000 before the season started for this year's selected organization, Children's National Medical Center. The check from So Kids Can will be presented to Children's National for computers, video games and consoles, toys, games and books along with refurbishing a playroom in the hospital. The total amount of money raised this year was $63,879.00 which Green and Segal will present to Children's National on Monday, May 10.
Theodore and Green are both up for community honors at the 2010 NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June 23. Theodore is up for the Masterton Trophy, awarded to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Green is a finalist for the NHL Foundation Player Award (and the Norris Trophy, of course).
May 6, 2010; 9:56 AM ET
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