WWP Team Minnesota
Notice: Page Re-Design & Construction - May 2015!
History of Team Minnesota - WWP
Army Captain Matt Cavanaugh & 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.
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, being 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 with donated facilities; services, products, food, etc. so that 100% of the funds we collect are donated to WWP to help our most severely wounded and their families!
Links about WWP and our Team Minnesota Wounded Warrior Project work:
(Star Tribune Story on Matt & Tom WWP efforts on 4/1/09)
(3 Minute Video on WWP and what funds do)
(Trace Adkins & West Point Glee Club for WWP - Country Music Awards - 2009)
6th Annual Spring Event
March 29th, 2015
Again Hosted by:
Jimmy's Event Center!
Thanks for making our 2015 Event a Sell Out!
Thanks to our Volunteers, Supporters and all friends of WWP!
Special Thanks to:
Jimmy's Conference & Catering Center!
Deuces Wild! Deuling Pianos!
Occam Group, LTD.
Please contact Jessie Carzoli at: JCarzoli@woundedwarriorproject.org any questions or for information on hosting your own event!