Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation had a lot to celebrate on this year’s 4th of July, with over $115,000 raised to fund research for a cure for DIPG, thanks to the generosity of Washington Capitals player John Carlson and his wife, Gina.
In June, the Washington Capitals won the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Following hockey tradition that has developed over the years, each team member gets the chance to spend a day with the prized Stanley Cup. John Carlson, a star defenseman on the Washington Capitals, chose to spend part of his day with the Stanley Cup to benefit Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation.
John Carlson was the highest-scoring NHL defenseman during the 2017-18 regular season and playoffs, and he has spent his whole career with the Washington Capitals since he joined the team as a first-round draft pick in 2008. Caps fans were thrilled to learn that John recently signed a new eight-year contact with the Capitals and will be continuing as a key contributor to the team’s success.
Carlson, along with his family, brought the Stanley Cup to a fundraiser organized by Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation on the grounds of Community Partner Bethesda Row. Over 1,000 fans gathered to view the Cup and to continue the celebration of the Capitals’ victory. Grant Paulsen, who hosts NBC’s pre- and post-game Capitals coverage and Grant and Danny on 106.7 The Fan, did an outstanding job as the emcee of the event. General admission tickets included free food and entertainment, along with a view of the Stanley Cup. Limited VIP tickets were also available and gave fans the exciting opportunity of a photo with John Carlson and the Stanley Cup. In the first ten minutes of ticket sales, over $40,000 of tickets were purchased. The event sold out entirely in 3 days.
The Capitals released a phenomenal video that captures some of John Carlson’s day with the Stanley Cup. In addition to the fundraiser at Bethesda Row, Carlson visited a fire department, Children’s National Medical Center, and a Kenwood neighborhood parade (whose participants also generously contributed to Defeat DIPG Foundation as part of their event).
Beyond the significant funds raised to help find treatments for children fighting this devastating childhood brain cancer, this event offered a unique opportunity to raise awareness of DIPG to a broad audience. News outlets including Fox 5 DC, NHL.com, WTOP, Bethesda Magazine, and featured the event and the work of the Foundation.
The Foundation also had the opportunity to partner with new sponsors who were valued contributors to the event. Community Partner Bethesda Row was an essential partner and co-host. Mamma Lucia Restaurants provided complimentary food for all attendees, gift cards for VIP attendees, and a donation of all proceeds from beverages sold at the event; Medium Rare donated food and beverages for the VIP tent; and Waldorf Toyota was a generous financial supporter. Thank you to Sarah Marcella Creative for generously donating time and services for the VIP photography, Harry Greenspun for general event photos, and Everything Entertainment for their photo booths. We also are deeply grateful for the support of the Montgomery County Police Department for their support.