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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 9th Annual

Team Minnesota WWP  Gala!

Coming on Sunday March 25, 2018!

Location: Jimmy's Event Center - Vadnais Heights

3:30 to 9:00 PM

(Details to follow, ticket sales started 12/1/2017, purchase yours before we are sold out!) 

 

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!

2nd Annual Soldier Ride Scheduled for July 13th & 14th

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.

1st Annual 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

In Memory of Matthew Cocchiarella - US Marines

 

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 2018 Event Sponsors!  

Integrity M.E.

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.

Fragneto's, Inc. IT

Lifelong Wealth Advisors

CCM Property Solutions

Mary Cocchiarella - brigadoon Realty

Globe Publishing

Cornermark Design, Art & Marketing Services

Klondike Kate's

St. Paul Vulcans 2009 Krewe

Quilts of Valor Ladies

 

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

$765,754.44

Funded: 76.58%
Donors
Anonymous
$200.00
23 hours ago
Christina Spriggle
$130.00
1 day ago
Rachel Williams
$100.00
2 days ago
COGENCY GLOBAL
$100.00
6 days ago
Art & Becky Holtan
$228.00
16 days ago
Nancy Ayinde
$50.00
17 days ago
Jennifer Duffie
$100.00
19 days ago
Integrity Medicolegal Enterprises
$25,750.00
19 days ago
T. and S. O'Malley
$100.00
19 days ago
Michael A. and Geraldine Wallace
$50.00
19 days ago
Theodore R. Tschida
$11.00
19 days ago
Mark R. and Denal M. Wahlberg
$35.00
19 days ago
Deborah L. and Gregorty A Ricci
$23.00
19 days ago
Executive Coaching Insight, Inc.
$300.00
19 days ago
Schwing America, Inc.
$531.00
19 days ago
Lifeine to Healthcare Quality, LLC
$20.00
19 days ago
Great Plains Institute
$500.00
19 days ago
Patricia C. Haskins
$100.00
19 days ago
Deanna Cocchiarella
$260.00
20 days ago
Michael Olander
$25.00
20 days ago
Cynthia Cairney
$50.00
21 days ago
Laurie Siewert
$130.00
21 days ago
Laura Lindall
$120.00
22 days ago
Tom & Connie Cocchiarella
$200.00
22 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
22 days ago
Mike & Dianne Fillmore
$100.00
25 days ago
Anonymous
$50.00
27 days ago
Anonymous
$50.00
27 days ago
Anonymous
$75.00
27 days ago
Scott & Rita Buhr
$100.00
30 days ago
Diane M. and Mark R. Schuster
$50.00
30 days ago
Robert E. Kaufman
$50.00
30 days ago
Jake & Lindsey Johnson. Jesse & Shauna Jo...
$150.00
32 days ago
Bob
$25.00
34 days ago
Anonymous
$50.00
36 days ago
Anonymous
$50.00
36 days ago
Executive Coaching Insight, Inc.
$200.00
38 days ago
Anonymous
$200.00
38 days ago
Anonymous
$50.00
38 days ago
Don Steege
$500.00
38 days ago
Aesop's Table
$500.00
42 days ago
Cataract Lodge No. 2 A. F. and A M Of Minn...
$100.00
42 days ago
Kennedy Football Booster Club
$366.80
42 days ago
Thomas D. and Constance J Cocchiarella
$400.00
42 days ago
Sheila W. and Richard L. Nichols
$25.00
42 days ago
St. Thomas More Catholic Community
$280.50
42 days ago
Blake Jaskowiak
$25.00
42 days ago
Anonymous
$200.00
44 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
60 days ago
Rachel Williams
$100.00
67 days ago
In memory of Kay Reber
$50.00
67 days ago
In memory of Bob Ferguson
$50.00
75 days ago
Nels J. and Sara D. Ojard
$125.00
78 days ago
Krech Ojard and Associated, Inc.
$397.00
78 days ago
Carleton College Football
$1,257.00
97 days ago
S. D. Warren Company
$1,000.00
97 days ago
In Memory of Mariano Cocchiarella USN 1943
$200.00
116 days ago
Roger Manthey
$100.00
120 days ago
In Memory of Joseph E. Cocchiarella - Kore...
$200.00
125 days ago
Rachel Williams
$78.30
131 days ago
Minnesota Wild Hockey Club
$2,500.00
134 days ago
Rachel Williams
$100.00
157 days ago
Michelle Doerr
$50.00
185 days ago
Rachel Williams
$100.00
195 days ago
Anonymous
$60.00
205 days ago
Independent School District No. 194 ...
$400.00
212 days ago
Rachel Williams
$100.00
222 days ago
In memory of Lee Camp
$140.00
230 days ago
Gerald C. and Evelyn Spiess
$50.00
254 days ago
Robert A. and Carol J. Lachapelle
$50.00
254 days ago
Robert G. and Janelle M. Warner
$100.00
254 days ago
Deborah Hutterer
$50.00
254 days ago
Deanna J. and Thomas M. Forliti
$25.00
254 days ago
Judy and Greg C. Arko
$25.00
254 days ago
Glenn R. and Kathy A. Lachapelle
$25.00
254 days ago
Lawrence L. and Rolane R. Joyce
$30.00
254 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
259 days ago
Christine Cocchiarella
$70.00
265 days ago
Brian Bergson
$45.00
265 days ago
Mike and Linda Fiterman Family Foundation
$500.00
265 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
278 days ago
Bobby and Jan Cocchiarella
$500.00
285 days ago
Diane Lepage
$120.00
286 days ago
Robert and Mary Jo Applewhite
$85.00
286 days ago
Accutech Tooling, Inc.
$60.00
286 days ago
Accutech Tooling, Inc.
$385.00
286 days ago
Minnesota Executive Squire
$250.00
286 days ago
Steven and Susan Gravem
$120.00
286 days ago
Peggy and Robert Miller
$190.00
286 days ago
Scott D. Cocchiarella
$250.00
286 days ago
Dianne and Lawrence Collette
$95.00
286 days ago
Mary Cocchiarella
$360.00
286 days ago
Barbara Laporte
$120.00
286 days ago
Frederick and Terri Edstrom
$620.00
286 days ago
Mark W. Horst
$240.00
286 days ago
Kenneth Rollins
$120.00
286 days ago
David J. Wilkie
$75.00
286 days ago
Bryan Woelfel
$350.00
286 days ago
Richard and Marie Straka
$120.00
286 days ago
Ben and Jill Koestner
$30.00
286 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