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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)
 
  

  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)

In Memory of Eugene Nels Edstrom - (US Army Air Corp, WWII Pacific)

In Memory of Richard (Dick) J. Thomas - US Air Force & Army

In Memory of Philip James Ellingson

 

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 next event!
 

Upcoming Events:

Minnesota's 3rd Annual WWP Soldier Ride!

Friday July 12th St. Paul Ride Starts at the steps of the State Capital at 9:00 am

Route Map Here: https://www.bikemap.net/en/r/4905831/

Saturday July 12th Woodbury Ride Starts at the Woodbury Veterans Memorial at 9:00 am

Route Map Here: https://www.bikemap.net/en/r/4384333/

We welcome everyone to come out along the routes and cheer our Wounded Warriors as they ride together with Police and Fire Department support.

 

 

Past Events & News Section

 

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/  

 
 

Thanks for attending the 

10th Annual WWP Team Minnesota Gala! 

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
 

Please contact Jessie Carzoli at WWP:  JCarzoli@woundedwarriorproject.org with

questions or for information on hosting your own event!

 

Total Raised

$901,457.74

Funded: 90.15%
My Team
WWP Team Minnesota
$767,890.15
Donors
Community Shares of Minnesota
$82.00
13 days ago
David J. and Kathleen M. Reeder
$50.00
13 days ago
Rachel Williams
$100.00
28 days ago
Marcia Lee McMurtrie
$20.00
53 days ago
Derrel L Slais
$50.00
53 days ago
George H. and Patricia Mueller
$50.00
53 days ago
Barbara and Peter Cavanaugh
$150.00
53 days ago
William Jeff and Diana J. Rouse
$50.00
53 days ago
Kathleen M. Connolly
$50.00
53 days ago
Brent and Michele Lesmeister
$50.00
53 days ago
Christina L. Karnowski
$50.00
53 days ago
Linda M. Kelley
$25.00
53 days ago
Diane F. Anderes
$50.00
53 days ago
Daniel Elbers
$50.00
53 days ago
Arland B. and Peggy A. Anderson
$50.00
53 days ago
James A. and Dorothy A. Hudson
$50.00
53 days ago
Richard Olson
$50.00
53 days ago
Judith Dummer Myers
$25.00
53 days ago
Richard D. Langer
$25.00
53 days ago
Patricia Bill
$25.00
53 days ago
Lisa G. Martinez
$20.00
53 days ago
Daniel E. and Delores M. Jones
$20.00
53 days ago
Hidden Oaks Middle School
$20.00
53 days ago
Dale M. Borgeson
$50.00
53 days ago
Aesop's Table
$500.00
70 days ago
Linda Steinhibel
$200.00
70 days ago
Steven Gravem
$300.00
70 days ago
Robert & Beverly Osborne
$650.00
70 days ago
Robert A. and Mary Jo Applewhite
$90.00
70 days ago
Accutech Tooling, Inc.
$345.00
70 days ago
Martin J. Cocchiarella
$100.00
70 days ago
Elizabeth A. Jerome
$130.00
70 days ago
Elizabeth A. Jerome
$115.00
70 days ago
Pamela A. and James F. Pertz
$140.00
70 days ago
Barbara J. Zeches-Rudolph
$100.00
70 days ago
Dianne and Lawrence E. Collette
$130.00
70 days ago
Mark J. Salmen
$130.00
70 days ago
Mark J. Salmen
$10.00
70 days ago
Mary A. Cocchiarella
$260.00
70 days ago
C. A. Cocchiarella
$130.00
70 days ago
C. A. Cocchiarella
$140.00
70 days ago
Carol Mary Cocchiarella
$90.00
70 days ago
Carol Mary Cocchiarella
$65.00
70 days ago
Frederick E. and Terri L. Edstrom
$1,000.00
70 days ago
Gary Buhr
$150.00
70 days ago
Ronald J. Lewandowski
$130.00
70 days ago
Susan and William Brickzen
$50.00
70 days ago
Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc.
$500.00
70 days ago
Edward A. and Mary I. Rossi
$65.00
70 days ago
Candys Travel, LLC
$30.00
70 days ago
Christina Spriggle
$130.00
70 days ago
Susan Ellen Chenard
$45.00
70 days ago
Mike P. Hayes
$130.00
70 days ago
Jacqueline M. Schroeder
$910.00
70 days ago
Sue Gravem
$40.00
70 days ago
Greater Twin Cities United Way
$503.36
70 days ago
Bryan Woelfel
$230.00
70 days ago
Amy Gafkjen
$45.00
70 days ago
Amy Gafkjen
$825.00
70 days ago
Stella M. Alcantara
$100.00
70 days ago
Robert and Peggy Miller
$70.00
70 days ago
Frank L. Gurney
$150.00
70 days ago
Associated
$250.00
70 days ago
Michael and Kathleen Reeves
$150.00
70 days ago
Michael J. and Marilyn D. Myers
$90.00
70 days ago
Annette Cocchiarella
$195.00
70 days ago
Annette Cocchiarella
$190.00
70 days ago
Ann M. Muehlenbein
$165.00
70 days ago
Drkula's 32 Bowl
$600.00
70 days ago
Forest Lake Lions Club
$500.00
70 days ago
Tom Cocchiarella
$3,120.00
70 days ago
Michelle Chmielewski
$650.00
70 days ago
Mark and Wendy Cocchiarella
$260.00
70 days ago
Hollstadt Consulting
$500.00
70 days ago
Thomas and Phyllis C. Yanz
$100.00
70 days ago
Marcus Erickson
$57.00
70 days ago
Jen Conner
$20.00
70 days ago
Jen Conner
$55.00
70 days ago
Don Emil Benson
$50.00
70 days ago
Bernita M. Swafford
$70.00
70 days ago
Bernita M. Swafford
$130.00
70 days ago
Bernita M. Swafford
$115.00
70 days ago
Rachael J. Marrier
$30.00
70 days ago
Rachael J. Marrier
$130.00
70 days ago
Stephanie A. Strugar
$80.00
70 days ago
Dean A. Yourchuck
$362.00
70 days ago
Michael J. and Tiffany A. Dux
$20.00
70 days ago
John M. and Amanda Hobot
$110.00
70 days ago
Jackie Galvin
$160.00
70 days ago
Thomas Wood
$75.00
70 days ago
Gregory Companies, Inc.
$320.00
70 days ago
McManis & Monsalve Associates
$500.00
70 days ago
Fragneto's, Inc.
$90.00
75 days ago
Scot Cocchiarella
$400.00
75 days ago
Kenneth Barnhart
$3,500.00
76 days ago
Jamey Worley
$110.00
78 days ago
Laurie Siewert
$180.00
78 days ago
KENNETH LEPPLA
$1,750.00
78 days ago
Shelia Gibbons
$575.00
78 days ago
Sean Gabbard
$110.00
78 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