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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

 on sale now - order before they are sold out!  

 

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

 

 

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 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 - Veteran

In Memory of James Durning - Veteran

In Memory of Frank Yarusso - US Marines

In Memory of Thomas Steiner - US Army

In Memory of Joseph E. Cocchiarella - Korea, Army

In Memory of Matthew Cocchiarella - US Marines

In Memory of Christopher E. Edstrom

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 2018 Event Sponsors!  

Integrity M.E.

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

Baker Tilly

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

Kwik Trip - Oakdale

Urban Sounds - A Cappella Ensemble

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

$847,007.38

Funded: 84.7%
My Team
WWP Team Minnesota
$713,439.79
Donors
Phil & Mary Ellen Ronzheimer
$25.00
15 hours ago
Joe & Gail Carbone
$100.00
2 days ago
Tom Portner
$50.00
2 days ago
Rachel Williams
$100.00
4 days ago
Iris Consulting Corporation
$500.00
13 days ago
Woodbury American Legion Post 501
$500.00
13 days ago
Mark Miazga
$25.00
14 days ago
Steven F. Degeest
$50.00
34 days ago
Lifelong Wealth Advisors, Inc.
$1,000.00
34 days ago
Jason A. Kadlec
$50.00
34 days ago
The Judges
$1,000.00
34 days ago
Mike Jennings
$2,000.00
50 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
51 days ago
Anonymous
$250.00
52 days ago
Aesop's Table
$500.00
52 days ago
Patricia C. Haskins
$100.00
52 days ago
Patricia C. Haskins
$25.00
52 days ago
Navigate Forward, Inc.
$100.00
52 days ago
Bernard Schmidt
$100.00
53 days ago
Anonymous
$50.00
53 days ago
Gary and Carol Hushagen
$200.00
54 days ago
Neal Dimick
$50.00
55 days ago
Tom & Connie Cocchiarella for All US Veter...
$100.00
58 days ago
Heidi Lourey
$500.00
60 days ago
Scott & Rita Buhr
$100.00
63 days ago
WAYNE AND DEBORAH ZWICKEY
$200.00
63 days ago
Anonymous
$4,000.00
64 days ago
Anonymous
$250.00
66 days ago
Larry Debelak
$100.00
69 days ago
Rachel Williams
$63.76
73 days ago
Donald Iten
$25.00
112 days ago
Rachel Williams
$50.00
115 days ago
Kennedy Football Booster Club
$158.03
115 days ago
David S. and Dawn M. Gustafson
$250.00
115 days ago
Brent Dennis
$250.00
140 days ago
Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation
$500.00
140 days ago
Anonymous
$800.00
142 days ago
James Silda
$100.00
150 days ago
Rachel Williams
$100.00
157 days ago
Jerry Grufman
$25.00
173 days ago
Rachel F. Cooper
$25.00
198 days ago
Rachel Williams
$100.00
203 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
223 days ago
Anonymous
$200.00
224 days ago
Rachel Williams
$100.00
227 days ago
Fragneto'S, Inc.
$500.00
230 days ago
Carol Plaster Blunt
$35.00
230 days ago
In Honor of William Schunk
$100.00
231 days ago
Bancroft Elementary School 5th Grade Boys
$240.30
248 days ago
Jon and Carol Larson
$75.00
257 days ago
Misty M. Cordle
$5.00
258 days ago
Forest Lake Lions Club
$500.00
258 days ago
Anonymous
$200.00
261 days ago
$250.00
279 days ago
Steven Gravem
$200.00
291 days ago
Pam Hoyhtya
$10.00
294 days ago
Valerie K. Haga
$130.00
301 days ago
Lakeville Area Public Schools
$700.00
301 days ago
Rachel Williams
$100.00
310 days ago
Anthony Lovre
$111.00
311 days ago
Susan and William Brickzen
$65.00
317 days ago
Greater Twin Cities United Way
$637.84
317 days ago
Michael and Kathleen Reeves
$150.00
317 days ago
Teresa L. Potter
$250.00
318 days ago
LuLaRoe with Studio 17
$100.00
327 days ago
Cathy Huebsch
$30.00
328 days ago
Heather Horst
$211.00
329 days ago
Annette Cocchiarella
$150.00
329 days ago
Annette Cocchiarella
$130.00
329 days ago
Laurie G. Siewert
$80.00
329 days ago
Ann M. Muehlenbein
$165.00
329 days ago
Sandra K. Wiemer
$27.00
329 days ago
Mark E. and Amy Lr Powers
$130.00
329 days ago
Forest Lake Lions Club
$250.00
329 days ago
Tom Cocchiarella
$2,232.00
329 days ago
Brenda and Joseph Stradinger
$130.00
329 days ago
Gregory P. and Judy A. Berg
$33.00
329 days ago
Gregory P. and Judy A. Berg
$1,621.00
329 days ago
Gregory P. and Judy A. Berg
$260.00
329 days ago
Andrew S. and Heather L. McCleery
$215.00
329 days ago
City and County Credit Union
$650.00
329 days ago
Willmar Warhawks
$2,000.00
329 days ago
Giffy'S Gym, LLC
$65.00
329 days ago
Saint Paul Foundation
$250.00
329 days ago
Elizabeth M. Sample
$60.00
329 days ago
Gerardo G. and M. Christi Cerecedes
$90.00
329 days ago
Jessie L. and David S. Prissel
$300.00
329 days ago
Sheila M. Gibbons
$500.00
329 days ago
James A. Sample
$108.00
329 days ago
Kathleen Kortuem Allen
$20.00
329 days ago
Peggy L. and Robert J. Miller
$47.00
329 days ago
Jacqueline M. Schroeder
$390.00
329 days ago
Lawrence E. and Dianne E. Collette
$260.00
329 days ago
Mike P. Hayes
$130.00
329 days ago
Richard Holmes Rappa
$513.00
329 days ago
Richard Holmes Rappa
$130.00
329 days ago
Clare A. Schisler
$200.00
329 days ago
Clare A. Schisler
$130.00
329 days ago
Christine Cocchiarella
$1,300.00
329 days ago
Christine Cocchiarella
$130.00
329 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