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Welcome to Team MN

 

History of Team Minnesota - WWP

 

Army Captain Matt Cavanaugh, a 2 Deployment Iraqi War Veteran, & Tom Cocchiarella, a USAF Cold War Veteran, started WWP Team Minnesota in September 2008. Tom & Matt become good friends as old fashioned "Pen Pals" during Matt's two tours in Iraq during the first & third years of the war. Later, Matt had just visited a friend and NCO who was severely wounded by an explosion in 2006 and discovered the work that the Wounded Warrior Project was doing to help this Soldier and his family. WWP Team Minnesota was born, and in the first 5 years we raised $245,000.00 in support of WWP efforts. With many more wounded since, and knowing the long term rehabilitation needs, we continue our quest to help our Wounded Warriors as all Volunteer fund raisers! While our fundraising helps all Wounded Warriors and their families across the United States, we try to keep a strong focus on Minnesota's 1000+ Veterans registered with the Wounded Warrior Project.

In January of 2009, the St. Paul Winter Carnival was about to crown a new Royal Family and "Vulcan Krewe", when Tom was introduced to Vulcanus Rex (Joe Vogel). Joe, himself a Marine Veteran, asked his Krewe to 'Adopt WWP as their primary charity" and we have been working together as a team since! This team has come together to build awareness for WWP Programs & Services, as well as raise a significant amount of money for the WWP Programs to operate. 

We are very proud that our events have been put together by all volunteers, with donated facilities; services, products, food, etc. so that 100% of the funds we collect are donated to WWP to help our wounded and their families!


Links about WWP and our Team Minnesota Wounded Warrior Project work: 

http://www.startribune.com/local/42283757.html?elr=KArksUUUU

(Star Tribune Story on Matt & Tom WWP efforts on 4/1/09)

 
(NPR's "The Story" -  30 min Radio program - about Matt & Tom & the TransRockies Run)
(WWP Home Site)
  

 

Announcing the WWP  - Team Minnesota 9th Annual Gala!

Date Set for Sunday March 25, 2018!

Location: Jimmy's Event Center - Vadnais Heights

3:30 to 9:00 PM

(Details to follow, ticket sales start 12/1/2017) 

 

Please contact Tom Cocchiarella at TomCocch@yahoo.com with any questions, to make a donation, or to become a sponsor for our 2018 event! 

  

First  WWP Soldier Ride Minnesota is in the Books!

About Soldier Ride:

Soldier Ride ®  is a Wounded Warrior Project  (WWP) physical health and wellness program that empowers wounded veterans to become well-adjusted in body, receiving the care they need to maximize rehabilitation and live active and healthy lives.

(Adaptive bicycles were provided and adjusted to meet each Wounded Warriors unique needs.)

Read more at:   www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs/soldier-ride.

Soldier Ride was held on July 28th & 29th 2017! 

St.Paul Route Map for July 28th: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21454296

Minneapolis Route Map July 29thhttps://ridewithgps.com/routes/21671604

Thanks Police, Fire and Paramedics - and to everyone who came out to cheer these Wounded Warriors on!

 Pioneer Press story about Friday’s Ride:  http://www.twincities.com/2017/07/28/wounded-vets-bike-through-st-paul-overcoming-challenges-in-soldier-ride/

 KSTP TV Video from Friday's Ridehttp://kstp.com/news/the-wounded-warrior-project-soldier-ride-st-paul/4556040/

 

MN Wild Head Coach Bruce Bordeaux Interview about WWP on Friday afternoon at Sled Hockey:  http://kstp.com/sports/wounded-warriors-project-bruce-boudreau-minnesota-wild/4556718/  

Thanks to the dozens of Volunteers who helped make this successful, we have amazing Volunteers!

 

 

Memorial Donations:

In Memory of Todd E. Johnson

In Memory of Edward A. Kuntz (Army WW II - EOD)

In Memory of Andrew H. Anderson (Navy)

In Memory of Richard (Dick) Clarke (Marines)

In Memory of Marie E. Donahue (Gold Star Mom - Son/Vietnam)

In Memory of Charles L. Steffl (Korean War Veteran)

In Memory of Frank Cocchiarella (Army WWII, Korea, Vietnam)

In Memory of Mariano (Marty) Cocchiarella (Navy WWII)

In Memory of Jim Cocchiarella - Army (Supreme HQ Allied Forces Europe/NATO)

In Memory of Jacob John Jordan Sr. - WW II Navy Veteran

In Memory of Richard R. Lensing

In Memory of Michael P. Schwingle - Vietnam, Marines

In Memory of Virgil Brickzen - WWII, Army Air Corps

In Memory of Chuck Haskins

In Memory of Frank Yarusso - US Marines

In Memory of Thomas Steiner - US Army

In Memory of Joseph E. Cocchiarella - Korea, Army

 

Sports Team Donations:

Thomas Jefferson H.S. Football Team, Bloomington, MN

John F. Kennedy H.S. Football Team, Bloomington, MN

Carleton College Football Team, Northfield, MN

Minnesota Wild Hockey Club, St. Paul, MN

 

Please contact Tom Cocchiarella at TomCocch@yahoo.com with any questions, to make a donation, or to become a sponsor for our 2018 event! 
 

Thanks to our Volunteers, Supporters and all friends of WWP!

 

 

Special Thanks to:

Jimmy's Event Center

 

Please contact Jessie Carzoli at:  JCarzoli@woundedwarriorproject.org any questions or for information on hosting your own event!

 

 

Our 2017 Event Sponsors!  

Jimmy's Event Center

Jimmy's Food & Drink

Aesop's Table

Highground cyber

Cataract Lodge #2 A.F. & a.M.

Minnesota Masonic Charities

Integrity M.E.

Viking Automatic Sprinkler Company

University of St. Thomas Choral

Fragneto's, Inc. IT

Forsythe Solutions Group

Lifelong Wealth Advisors

IRIS Consulting Corporation

CCM Property Solutions

KALM Homes

Mary Cocchiarella - brigadoon Realty

Miller Tax Service

Globe Publishing

Cornermark Design, Art & Marketing Services

Western Refining

Klondike Kate's

St. Paul Vulcans 2009 Krewe

Quilts of Valor Ladies

Culvers - Sun Ray & Hudson

 

 

Thank You! 

Many contributors made donations so that Wounded Warrior Family members could attend our benefit at no charge, as well as Army, Air Force, Navy or Marine Cadets who were about to enter Active Duty. Each $60 donation allowed us to invite one of these as Sponsored Guests! Thanks so much to so many of our generous supporters/donors!

 

WWP - Team Minnesota
9187 Cambridge Road
Woodbury, MN 55125
Total Raised

$732,944.14

Funded: 73.29%
Donors
Anonymous
$100.00
17 hours ago
Rachel Williams
$100.00
7 days ago
In memory of Kay Reber
$50.00
7 days ago
In memory of Bob Ferguson
$50.00
15 days ago
Nels J. and Sara D. Ojard
$125.00
19 days ago
Krech Ojard and Associated, Inc.
$397.00
19 days ago
Carleton College Football
$1,257.00
38 days ago
S. D. Warren Company
$1,000.00
38 days ago
In Memory of Mariano Cocchiarella USN 1943
$200.00
56 days ago
Roger Manthey
$100.00
60 days ago
In Memory of Joseph E. Cocchiarella - Kore...
$200.00
65 days ago
Rachel Williams
$78.30
71 days ago
Minnesota Wild Hockey Club
$2,500.00
75 days ago
Rachel Williams
$100.00
97 days ago
Michelle Doerr
$50.00
125 days ago
Rachel Williams
$100.00
135 days ago
Anonymous
$60.00
145 days ago
Independent School District No. 194 ...
$400.00
153 days ago
Rachel Williams
$100.00
162 days ago
In memory of Lee Camp
$140.00
170 days ago
Gerald C. and Evelyn Spiess
$50.00
195 days ago
Robert A. and Carol J. Lachapelle
$50.00
195 days ago
Robert G. and Janelle M. Warner
$100.00
195 days ago
Deborah Hutterer
$50.00
195 days ago
Deanna J. and Thomas M. Forliti
$25.00
195 days ago
Judy and Greg C. Arko
$25.00
195 days ago
Glenn R. and Kathy A. Lachapelle
$25.00
195 days ago
Lawrence L. and Rolane R. Joyce
$30.00
195 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
199 days ago
Christine Cocchiarella
$70.00
206 days ago
Brian Bergson
$45.00
206 days ago
Mike and Linda Fiterman Family Foundation
$500.00
206 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
218 days ago
Bobby and Jan Cocchiarella
$500.00
225 days ago
Diane Lepage
$120.00
227 days ago
Robert and Mary Jo Applewhite
$85.00
227 days ago
Accutech Tooling, Inc.
$60.00
227 days ago
Accutech Tooling, Inc.
$385.00
227 days ago
Minnesota Executive Squire
$250.00
227 days ago
Steven and Susan Gravem
$120.00
227 days ago
Peggy and Robert Miller
$190.00
227 days ago
Scott D. Cocchiarella
$250.00
227 days ago
Dianne and Lawrence Collette
$95.00
227 days ago
Mary Cocchiarella
$360.00
227 days ago
Barbara Laporte
$120.00
227 days ago
Frederick and Terri Edstrom
$620.00
227 days ago
Mark W. Horst
$240.00
227 days ago
Kenneth Rollins
$120.00
227 days ago
David J. Wilkie
$75.00
227 days ago
Bryan Woelfel
$350.00
227 days ago
Richard and Marie Straka
$120.00
227 days ago
Ben and Jill Koestner
$30.00
227 days ago
Valerie K. Haga
$120.00
227 days ago
Minnesota Masonic Charities
$250.00
227 days ago
Frank and Sharon Gurney
$40.00
227 days ago
Frank and Sharon Gurney
$80.00
227 days ago
Susan Carter
$125.00
227 days ago
Susan Carter
$175.00
227 days ago
Jean & Jay and Jay Sortedahl
$100.00
227 days ago
Ann M. Muehlenbein
$60.00
227 days ago
Drkula's 32 Bowl
$700.00
227 days ago
Eric Fisher
$325.00
227 days ago
John Chance
$200.00
227 days ago
Lawrence and Dianne Collette
$360.00
227 days ago
Barbara and Keith Rudolph
$120.00
227 days ago
Northern Tier Energy, LLC
$1,000.00
227 days ago
The Imperial Order of Fire and Brimstone Lt
$1,000.00
227 days ago
Northern Appraisal Services, Inc.
$525.00
227 days ago
Gifford Fitness
$200.00
227 days ago
Gregory Kratz
$100.00
227 days ago
Michelle Chmielewski
$100.00
227 days ago
Thomas and Constance Cocchiarella
$2,000.00
227 days ago
Lila Dumcum
$60.00
227 days ago
Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc.
$500.00
227 days ago
Michael F. & Kathleen A. Reeves
$120.00
227 days ago
Annette Cocchiarella
$45.00
227 days ago
Joy L. Kieffer
$60.00
227 days ago
Robert Selden
$25.00
227 days ago
Talent Sap, LLC
$120.00
227 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
229 days ago
Cataract Lodge No. 2 A. F. and A M Of Minn...
$5,000.00
230 days ago
Minnesota Masonic Charities
$5,000.00
230 days ago
Kimberly Zimmer
$112.00
230 days ago
SONIA NELSON
$315.00
230 days ago
Greg Berg
$525.00
230 days ago
Kenneth Leppla
$1,305.00
230 days ago
Steven Reilly
$137.00
230 days ago
Brian Bergson
$750.00
230 days ago
Angelo Tuccitto
$175.00
230 days ago
Bruce Middleton
$450.00
230 days ago
Sheri Schmidt
$155.00
230 days ago
Colleen Collette
$30.00
230 days ago
Deanna Cocchiarella
$195.00
230 days ago
Joel Hirsch
$200.00
230 days ago
Neal Todd
$100.00
230 days ago
Jennifer Paulson
$85.00
230 days ago
Tina Houle
$37.00
230 days ago
Jason Kelly
$130.00
230 days ago
Laurie Peterman
$230.00
230 days ago
Damion Kosmosky
$325.00
230 days ago
Event

8th Annual Team Minnesota Gala

PS One-of-a-Kind Fundraiser
From:4/2/2017
To:4/2/2017
Location: Jimmy's Event Center