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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 1600+ Veterans registered with the Wounded Warrior Project. We are proud to also help host Soldier Ride on an annual basis since 2017, providing volunteers to staff the route and encourage & cheer on the WWP Soldier Riders!

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)
  

  

Attend the 

10th Annual WWP Team Minnesota Gala

 March 31, 2019

Location: Jimmy's Event Center - Vadnais Heights

3:30 to 9:00 PM

The 10th Anniversary Gala Tickets

are sold out!  

 

Please contact Tom Cocchiarella at TomCocch@yahoo.com with any questions or to make a donation to help us reach our goal!  

 

 

2nd Annual Soldier Ride - Completed on July 13th & 14th 2018!

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)

Day 1 Ride 7/13/18 - Started at the State Capital

Thanks to the St. Paul Police & Fire Departments and MN Highway Patrol!

 

Day 2 Ride 7/14/18 - Started at Woodbury City Hall

Thanks to the Woodbury Fire & Police Departments!

Watch this KSTP TV Video: 

http://kstp.com/news/injured-veteran-participates-in-wounded-warrior-projects-soldier-ride/4989147/?cat=1 

 

 

Our 1st Annual Soldier Ride was held on July 28th & 29th 2017! 

 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/  

 

 

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 - Combat Wounded - Vietnam)

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 Luigi Cocchiarella - (Navy)

In Memory of Joseph E. Cocchiarella - (Korea, Army)

In Memory of Matthew Cocchiarella - (US Marines)

In Memory of Jim Cocchiarella - Army (SHAPE-NATO)

In Memory of Frank Yarusso - (US Marines)

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

In Memory of Richard R. Lensing - (Veteran)

In Memory of Michael P. Schwingle - (Vietnam, Marines)

In Memory of Virgil Brickzen - (WWII, Army Air Corps)

In Memory of Chuck Haskins - (Veteran)

In Memory of James Durning - (Veteran)

In Memory of Thomas Steiner - (US Army)

In Memory of Christopher E. Edstrom - (Veteran)

In Memory of James F. Kadlec - (US Army, Vietnam)

 

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

Willmar WarHawks Hockey, Willmar, MN

 

 

 

Please contact Tom Cocchiarella at TomCocch@yahoo.com with any questions, to make a donation, or to become a sponsor for our
2019 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 2019 Gala Sponsors!  

 

Jimmy's Event Center

Jimmy's Food & Drink

Aesop's Table

Cataract Lodge Af & AM

Minnesota Masonic Charities

Viking Sprinkler

Fragneto's, Inc. IT

Lifelong Wealth Advisors

CCM Property Solutions

Mary Cocchiarella - brigadoon Realty

Globe Publishing

Cornermark Design, Art & Marketing Services

IRIS Computer Consulting

St. Paul Vulcans 2009 Krewe

Klondike Kate's

Quilts of Valor Ladies

Culvers - Sun Ray & Hudson

hyvee - Oakdale

Devon Worley Band

Miller Tax

 

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 $65 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

$865,162.38

Funded: 86.52%
My Team
WWP Team Minnesota
$731,594.79
Donors
David O'Fallon
$25.00
3 hours ago
David O'Fallon
$50.00
3 hours ago
Rachel Williams
$100.00
3 days ago
City & County Credit Union
$650.00
4 days ago
Paul and Debbie Robbins
$200.00
10 days ago
Cataract Lodge No. 2 A.F. and A.M. of Minn...
$5,000.00
10 days ago
Linda and Gregory P. Miller
$130.00
10 days ago
Clare A. Schisler
$150.00
10 days ago
Angela De Witt
$130.00
10 days ago
Minnesota Masonic Charities
$5,000.00
10 days ago
Anonymous
$50.00
11 days ago
Mike & Pat McFarlane
$50.00
11 days ago
Anonymous
$130.00
11 days ago
Jack Anderson
$25.00
12 days ago
Anonymous
$150.00
12 days ago
Stella Alcantara
$65.00
13 days ago
Candy's Travel
$65.00
13 days ago
Jane Link
$65.00
13 days ago
Angi Fleury
$65.00
13 days ago
Al & Sharon Dimberg
$130.00
14 days ago
Peter Wegwerth
$50.00
14 days ago
Peter Wegwerth
$130.00
14 days ago
Edward A. and Mary I. Rossi
$65.00
14 days ago
Viking Auto Sprinkler Company
$2,500.00
14 days ago
James G. and Mary Kay and Straka
$130.00
14 days ago
James G. and Mary Kay and Straka
$130.00
14 days ago
Michael J. and Marilyn D. Myers
$130.00
14 days ago
Barbara Johnson
$130.00
14 days ago
B. L. Hafiz
$650.00
14 days ago
Navilogic, Inc.
$200.00
14 days ago
KENNETH LEPPLA
$650.00
14 days ago
Amy Gafkjen
$260.00
15 days ago
Laurie Peterman
$260.00
15 days ago
Kathy Christenson
$150.00
18 days ago
Jen Deweese & Clem Czerniak
$150.00
19 days ago
Bob Cocchiarella
$200.00
24 days ago
Laura Lindall
$140.00
30 days ago
Phil & Mary Ellen Ronzheimer
$25.00
32 days ago
Joe & Gail Carbone
$100.00
34 days ago
Tom Portner
$50.00
34 days ago
Rachel Williams
$100.00
36 days ago
Iris Consulting Corporation
$500.00
45 days ago
Woodbury American Legion Post 501
$500.00
45 days ago
Mark Miazga
$25.00
46 days ago
Steven F. Degeest
$50.00
66 days ago
Lifelong Wealth Advisors, Inc.
$1,000.00
66 days ago
Jason A. Kadlec
$50.00
66 days ago
The Judges
$1,000.00
66 days ago
Mike Jennings
$2,000.00
82 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
83 days ago
Anonymous
$250.00
83 days ago
Aesop's Table
$500.00
84 days ago
Patricia C. Haskins
$100.00
84 days ago
Patricia C. Haskins
$25.00
84 days ago
Navigate Forward, Inc.
$100.00
84 days ago
Bernard Schmidt
$100.00
85 days ago
Anonymous
$50.00
85 days ago
Gary and Carol Hushagen
$200.00
86 days ago
Neal Dimick
$50.00
87 days ago
Tom & Connie Cocchiarella for All US Veter...
$100.00
90 days ago
Heidi Lourey
$500.00
92 days ago
Scott & Rita Buhr
$100.00
95 days ago
WAYNE AND DEBORAH ZWICKEY
$200.00
95 days ago
Anonymous
$4,000.00
96 days ago
Anonymous
$250.00
98 days ago
Larry Debelak
$100.00
100 days ago
Rachel Williams
$63.76
105 days ago
Donald Iten
$25.00
144 days ago
Rachel Williams
$50.00
147 days ago
Kennedy Football Booster Club
$158.03
147 days ago
David S. and Dawn M. Gustafson
$250.00
147 days ago
Brent Dennis
$250.00
172 days ago
Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation
$500.00
172 days ago
Anonymous
$800.00
174 days ago
James Silda
$100.00
182 days ago
Rachel Williams
$100.00
188 days ago
Jerry Grufman
$25.00
205 days ago
Rachel F. Cooper
$25.00
230 days ago
Rachel Williams
$100.00
234 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
254 days ago
Anonymous
$200.00
256 days ago
Rachel Williams
$100.00
259 days ago
Fragneto'S, Inc.
$500.00
262 days ago
Carol Plaster Blunt
$35.00
262 days ago
In Honor of William Schunk
$100.00
263 days ago
Bancroft Elementary School 5th Grade Boys
$240.30
280 days ago
Jon and Carol Larson
$75.00
289 days ago
Misty M. Cordle
$5.00
290 days ago
Forest Lake Lions Club
$500.00
290 days ago
Anonymous
$200.00
293 days ago
$250.00
311 days ago
Steven Gravem
$200.00
322 days ago
Pam Hoyhtya
$10.00
326 days ago
Valerie K. Haga
$130.00
333 days ago
Lakeville Area Public Schools
$700.00
333 days ago
Rachel Williams
$100.00
342 days ago
Anthony Lovre
$111.00
343 days ago
Susan and William Brickzen
$65.00
349 days ago
Greater Twin Cities United Way
$637.84
349 days ago
Michael and Kathleen Reeves
$150.00
349 days ago
Event

10th Annual Team Minnesota Gala

PS One-of-a-Kind Fundraiser
From:3/31/2019
To:3/31/2019
Location: Jimmy's Event Center