April 21, 2021

CAPS: MSEF Donates More Than $34,000 to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue

Carmen Brouwer, Courtney Parrie and Mandy Alzner present a $34,044.99 check to Homeward Trails representative Sue Bell at the Washington Capitals game on April 1. The funds were donated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and were raised through the sale of the 2014 Caps Canine Calendars. (Photo Courtesy of MSEF)


Carmen Brouwer, Courtney Parrie and Mandy Alzner present a $34,044.99 check to Homeward Trails representative Sue Bell at the Washington Capitals game on April 1. The funds were donated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation and were raised through the sale of the 2014 Caps Canine Calendars. (Photo Courtesy of MSEF)

More Than $34,000 to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue
Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation Donates

ARLINGTON, Va. – Washington Capitals better halves Mandy Alzner, Carmen Brouwer and Courtney Parrie, fiancée of Mike Green, presented a $34,044.99 check to Homeward Trails Animal Rescue on April 1 during the Capitals game versus the Dallas Stars.

The funds were donated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation (MSEF) and were raised through the sale of the 2014 Caps Canine Calendars. The money will help provide medical and behavioral care, as well as permanent homes, for hundreds of dogs and cats rescued by Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.

The calendar features photos of Capitals players Karl Alzner, Jay Beagle, Troy Brouwer, John Carlson, John Erskine, Mike Green, Jack Hillen, Aaron Volpatti and Joel Ward with their dogs and Nicklas Backstrom, Mikhail Grabovski, Braden Holtby, Marcus Johansson, Steve Oleksy, Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson with dogs from Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.

The 2014 Caps Canine Calendar was sold at Capitals home games, at the team store at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and online at WashingtonCaps.com.

For video of the calendar photo shoot visit MonumentalNetwork.com.

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue

Homeward Trails Animal Rescue is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) 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, visit http://www.homewardtrails.org/.

CAPS: Washington Capitals’ Better Halves Visited Children’s Nationals Medical Center

“It’s nice to come out and help them [kids] feel better, give them a little break of what is going on in their lives every day.” -Carmen Brouwer (Wife of Troy Brouwer)

The Washington Capitals’ wives and girlfriends visited Children’s National Medical Center on Monday, April 2, to make Easter and spring-themed arts and crafts with patients (and patients’ siblings) in the hospital’s atrium. This was the Capitals second trip to Children’s National Medical Center this season and their twelfth consecutive season working with Children’s. Caps players Karl Alzner, Jeff Halpern, Matt Hendricks and Mike Knuble, along with mascot Slapshot, played video games and colored with patients on Feb. 27.

Capitals Michal Neuvirth's girlfriend Monika Hybnerova, Karl Alzner's fiance Mandy Flemmer and Dennis Wideman's fiance Lindsay MacDonald making spring arts and crafts with kids at Children's Hospital April 2 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Caps’ better halves Ashley Beagle (Jay Beagle’s wife), Carmen Brouwer (Troy Brouwer’s wife), Mandy Flemmer (Karl Alzner’s fiance), Monika Hybnerova, (Michal Neuvirth’s girlfriend), Cynthia Lavoie (Roman Hamrlik’s wife) and Lindsay MacDonald (Dennis Wideman’s fiance) made tiaras, cards, signs, Easter baskets and other arts and crafts items with kids in the atrium at Children’s National Medical Center.

“Washington Capitals’ wives and girlfriends are here to spend time with kids making arts and crafts and just kind of take their mind off their treatments and other things that they are going through,” said Mark Miller, Communications Director for The Children’s Hospital Foundation.” Miller continued, “We’ve had doctors and nurses tell us that it actually contributes to the healing process to have some fun, do something different or see people they admire, whether its the wives and girlfriends or the players themselves. Just having someone who is important or special come to see them means a lot to them.”

Capitals better halves at Children's Hospital April 2 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Capitals Jay Beagle and Troy Brouwer's wives and Karl Alzner's fiance making spring arts and crafts with kids at Children's Hospital April 2 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Capitals Roman Hamrlik's wife Cynthia Lavoie with child at Children's Hospital April 2 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Capitals Dennis Wideman's fiance Lindsay MacDonald with child at Children's Hospital April 2 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Capitals Michal Neuvirth's girlfriend Monika Hybnerova making arts and crafts with kida at Children's Hospital April 2 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Capitals Jay Beagle's wife Ashley Beagle with child at Children's Hospital April 2 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Capitals Troy Brouwer's wife Carmen Brouwer with child at Children's Hospital April 2 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Capitals Roman Hamrlik's wife Cynthia Lavoie with child at Children's Hospital April 2 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Comcast's Jill Sorenson interviewing a child at Children's Hospital April 2 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Capitals Dennis Wideman's fiance Lindsay MacDonald with child at Children's Hospital April 2 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Children's Hospital April 2 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Children’s National Medical Center is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the metropolitan Washington area and is the only freestanding children’s hospital between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Atlanta. Serving the nation’s children for more than 140 years, Children’s National is a proven leader in the development and application of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury.

Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events for Nats News Network and Caps News Network since 2006. Cheryl is an accomplished action photographer and has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.

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