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)
  

 

WWP Team Minnesota 8th Annual Gala

Sunday April 2, 2017

3:30 to 9:00 pm

Featuring Wounded Warrior & "America's Got Talent"  - Marine Veteran Sal Rodriguez

Video Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hq04cIAnLWE

Hosted by:Jimmy's Event Center 

 2017 Gala a Success!

 

Watch here for the 2018 Gala Date! 

  

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

 

Sports Team Donations:

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

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

Carlton College Football Team, Northfield, MN

 

Please contact Tom Cocchiarella at TomCocch@yahoo.com with any questions, to order Gala Tickets, 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

Aesop's Table

 

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

$725,381.84

Funded: 90.67%
Donors
Mike and Linda Fiterman Family Foundation
$500.00
3 days ago
Brian M. Bergson
$45.00
3 days ago
Christine Cocchiarella
$70.00
3 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
16 days ago
Bobby and Jan Cocchiarella
$500.00
23 days ago
Talent Sap, LLC
$120.00
24 days ago
Robert Selden
$25.00
24 days ago
Joy L. Kieffer
$60.00
24 days ago
Annette Cocchiarella
$45.00
24 days ago
Michael F. & Kathleen A. Reeves
$120.00
24 days ago
Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc.
$500.00
24 days ago
Lila Dumcum
$60.00
24 days ago
Thomas and Constance Cocchiarella
$2,000.00
24 days ago
Michelle Chmielewski
$100.00
24 days ago
Gregory Kratz
$100.00
24 days ago
Gifford Fitness
$200.00
24 days ago
Northern Appraisal Services, Inc.
$525.00
24 days ago
The Imperial Order of Fire and Brimstone Lt
$1,000.00
24 days ago
Northern Tier Energy, LLC
$1,000.00
24 days ago
Barbara and Keith Rudolph
$120.00
24 days ago
Lawrence and Dianne Collette
$360.00
24 days ago
John and Amy Chance
$200.00
24 days ago
Eric and Caroline Fisher
$325.00
24 days ago
Drkula's 32 Bowl
$700.00
24 days ago
Ann M. Muehlenbein
$60.00
24 days ago
Jean & Jay and Jay Sortedahl
$100.00
24 days ago
Susan Carter
$175.00
24 days ago
Susan Carter
$125.00
24 days ago
Frank and Sharon Gurney
$80.00
24 days ago
Frank and Sharon Gurney
$40.00
24 days ago
Minnesota Masonic Charities
$250.00
24 days ago
Valerie K. Haga
$120.00
24 days ago
Ben and Jill Koestner
$30.00
24 days ago
Richard and Marie Straka
$120.00
24 days ago
Bryan Woelfel
$350.00
24 days ago
David J. Wilkie
$75.00
24 days ago
Kenneth Rollins
$120.00
24 days ago
Mark W. Horst
$240.00
24 days ago
Frederick and Terri Edstrom
$620.00
24 days ago
Barbara Laporte
$120.00
24 days ago
Mary Cocchiarella
$360.00
24 days ago
Dianne and Lawrence Collette
$95.00
24 days ago
Scott D. Cocchiarella
$250.00
24 days ago
Peggy and Robert Miller
$190.00
24 days ago
Steven and Susan Gravem
$120.00
24 days ago
Minnesota Executive Squire
$250.00
24 days ago
Accutech Tooling, Inc.
$385.00
24 days ago
Accutech Tooling, Inc.
$60.00
24 days ago
Robert and Mary Jo Applewhite
$85.00
24 days ago
Diane Lepage
$120.00
24 days ago
Anonymous
$25.00
27 days ago
Minnesota Masonic Charities
$5,000.00
27 days ago
Cataract Lodge No. 2 A. F. and A M Of Minn...
$5,000.00
27 days ago
Kimberly Zimmer
$112.00
28 days ago
SONIA NELSON
$315.00
28 days ago
Greg Berg
$525.00
28 days ago
Kenneth Leppla
$1,305.00
28 days ago
Steven Reilly
$137.00
28 days ago
Brian M. Bergson
$750.00
28 days ago
Angelo Tuccitto
$175.00
28 days ago
Bruce Middleton
$450.00
28 days ago
SHERI SCHMIDT
$155.00
28 days ago
Colleen Collette
$30.00
28 days ago
Deanna Cocchiarella
$195.00
28 days ago
Joel Hirsch
$200.00
28 days ago
Neal Todd
$100.00
28 days ago
Jennifer Paulson
$85.00
28 days ago
Tina Houle
$37.00
28 days ago
Jason Kelly
$130.00
28 days ago
Laurie Peterman
$230.00
28 days ago
Damion Kosmosky
$325.00
28 days ago
todd halverspn
$85.00
28 days ago
Greg Miller
$230.00
28 days ago
Heather Horst
$465.00
28 days ago
Kathy Skogen
$150.00
28 days ago
Neil Alle
$200.00
28 days ago
Beverly Osborne
$50.00
28 days ago
Kim Tsoukalas
$50.00
28 days ago
James Wiersum
$10.00
28 days ago
Louis Bruno
$600.00
28 days ago
Anonymous
$120.00
31 days ago
Rockit, Inc.
$100.00
31 days ago
Candys Travel, LLC
$60.00
31 days ago
Tina Marie and Anthony D. Houle
$60.00
31 days ago
John L. and Jean M. Madsen
$60.00
31 days ago
Ann Marie Schmitz
$60.00
31 days ago
Bob O. and Jane M. Link
$60.00
31 days ago
Todd R. and Debra K. Morgan
$120.00
31 days ago
Kathleen M. Sims Hernandez
$60.00
31 days ago
Michael F. and Patricia K. Olson
$60.00
31 days ago
Edward A. and Mary I. Rossi
$120.00
31 days ago
Teresa A. Witzany
$60.00
31 days ago
Viking Auto Sprinkler Company
$2,500.00
31 days ago
Barbara Mueller
$60.00
31 days ago
Laurie Peterman
$120.00
31 days ago
Carla M. Winecke
$60.00
31 days ago
Alice A. Jungkunz
$60.00
31 days ago
DAHL CONSULTING
$220.00
32 days ago
Judy Berg
$240.00
33 days ago
Joel Hirsch
$100.00
35 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