Welcome to the Benefit Dinner.
Wounded Warrior Project a non-profit organization hosted a dinner on May 14,2009 that took place in Cipriani, 42nd st, which brought together many of the brave soldiers who have served our nation.In which nearly 700 guests attended, including Bill O’Reilly, commissioner Ray Kelly , New York Giants Coach Tom Coughlin and Tony Sirico from the Sopranos. This event was a great way of showing appreciation to many of the soldiers that return from the battle front, severely wounded. The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors.
The event gave initiative as the Marine Corps Color Guard marched and the air filled with recognition and admiration towards the wounded soldiers. achievement and .
Marine Corps Color Guard
A truly inspirational event initiated with host Bob Costas , Commissioner Ray Kelly who gave special thanks to the present soldiers, for battling for our freedom.
A little history of how this organization started, “Wounded Warrior Project began when several individuals took small, inspired actions to help others in need. One night while watching the evening news, a group of veterans and brothers were moved by the difficult stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq. They realized then and there that something needed to be done for these brave individuals beyond the brass bands and ticker tape parades.”
As Founder John Melia gave his inspiring story about the tragic event, in which the helicopter in Somalia crashed and exploded killing 4 marines and severely wounding 14 marines in the year 1992.This tragedy lead him to pledge that “the sacrifice of my fallen brothers would not be forgotten. We started WWP as a small gesture of appreciation but it blossomed into a movement.” Through this experience John Malia came to realize that the soldiers who risk their life deserve more than our gratittude but rather our support.
Despite our growth, we remain committed to the ideal on which WWP was founded- one service member helping another.
Some of the many contributors that made this event possible where JetBlue Airways, Pricewaterhouse Coopers,LLP, and New York Yankees. Auction whose purpose was to fund raised as much as possible to support the Wounded Warrior Project, a little something was given back to the many soldiers that risks their lives through struggle and these will be the moments that they will perish and remember.
Grammy-winning Country Star Charlie Daniels Guitar, starting bid $500.
Fundraising came out to be a success on this night with nearly half a million dollars contributed by the many sponsors and guests. The awards ceremony took place and these awards were given to individuals who well-deserved it such individuals include Johnny Damon who received The Talkhouse Award for Community Service,and The Award For Warrior Service which was awarded to John Melia, WWP Founder.
WWP’s Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner provides the opportunity to bring together and honor many of the brave wounded warriors who have sacrificed much in service to our nation. The funds raised support thousands of injured service men and women and their families from battlefield to bedside and beyond. Programs range from our signature backpack program, which provides comfort items to newly injured service members — to TRACK, the first education center in the nation designed specifically for wounded warriors. WWP’s benefits counseling, peer mentoring, and adaptive sports programs also aid in the challenging transition from a hospital bed to an independent, productive, and successful civilian life.
The resulting objective was to provide tangible support for the severely wounded and help them on the road to healing, both physically and mentally. What had been initially viewed as a small contribution has become WWP’s signature program: “WWP backpacks delivered bedside to wounded warriors.” Wounded Warrior Project consists of many other activities to help support the wounded soldiers include Soldier Ride,Warriors to Work,TRACK, Transition Training Acad.,Coping and Family Services,Alumni,WWDSP,Advocacy,Sacrifice Center, WWP Packs Operation Outreach.
Thanks to founder and sponsors who successfully contributed to this Gala Benefit Dinner, many soldiers would be supported. By contributing a little bit of one’s time can benefit a great cause. If you would like to contribute to this great organization feel free to visit their website which is www.woundedwarriorproject.org