The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins have one of the NHL’s fiercest rivalries. But what happened Wednesday night at their game in D.C. made that enmity an afterthought.
The Capitals announced that the 50/50 raffle at Capital One Arena, a raffle where half the money goes to a fan while the other half is donated to charity, would be donated to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh to benefit victims and families of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill.
A Capitals season-ticket holder claimed half of the $38,570 jackpot. But rather than pocket over $19,000, the fan decided to follow the Capitals and honor the victims too.
“It’s a check I could never cut myself. But I walked out of that arena $100 poorer, yet infinitely richer in spirit, knowing that we had helped some folks that needed help,” the fan, who is not Jewish and who wished to remain anonymous, told ESPN. “It was not my money. It was destined to go back.”
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