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)

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



(3 Minute Video on WWP and what funds do)





(Trace Adkins & West Point Glee Club for WWP - Country Music Awards - 2009)

(WWP Home Site)

6th Annual Spring Event

 March  29th, 2015 

Again Hosted by:

Jimmy's Event Center! 


Thanks for making our 2015 Event a Sell Out!


Please contact Tom Cocchiarella at TomCocch@yahoo.com with any questions, to make a donation, or to become a sponsor for our 2015 event! 

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



Special Thanks to:

Jimmy's Conference & Catering Center!

Integrity M.E.

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!

Our 2015 Event Sponsors!


Jimmy's Event Center

Jimmy's Food & Drink

Aesop's Table

Deuces Wild! Dueling Piano's!

Integrity M.E.

Occam Group, LTD.

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

Minnesota Masonic Charities

Viking Automatic Sprinkler Company

Fragneto's, Inc. IT

Gerdau Steel

Lifelong Wealth Advisors

IRIS Consulting Corporation

CCM Property Solutions

Mary Cocchiarella - brigadoon Realty

Dave Cocchiarella - KW Preferred Realty

Miller Tax Service

Cornermark Design, Art & Marketing Services



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!

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