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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

In Memory of Mark Eide - US Navy

In Memory of Andy Allen - US Army, WWII Europe

 

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

$915,626.46

Funded: 91.56%
My Team
WWP Team Minnesota
$782,058.87
Donors
Chia Roemhildt, Lisa Olson, Lisa Proehl, D...
$75.00
29 days ago
Woodbury American Legion Post 501
$500.00
33 days ago
Community Shares of Minnesota
$129.72
33 days ago
Brent Dennis
$250.00
48 days ago
Annette Cocchiarella
$40.00
48 days ago
The Jamar Company
$100.00
48 days ago
Jason Zwieg
$30.94
48 days ago
Neil Ammentorp
$60.00
48 days ago
Brian Erickson
$30.94
48 days ago
Rich Severson
$30.94
48 days ago
Christa Hurley
$30.94
48 days ago
J. D. Linder
$30.94
48 days ago
Theresa Johnson
$30.94
48 days ago
Tim England
$30.94
48 days ago
Clint Latz
$30.94
48 days ago
Joe Stejskal
$30.94
48 days ago
Kimberly Peterson
$30.94
48 days ago
Kim Miller
$30.94
48 days ago
Bob Miller
$30.94
48 days ago
Zach and Marissa Szody
$30.94
48 days ago
Paul Lagerquist
$30.94
48 days ago
Alexander Haugstad
$30.94
48 days ago
Kelly Molitor
$30.94
48 days ago
Paul Magyer
$30.94
48 days ago
Luke Johnsen
$30.94
48 days ago
Russ Becker
$40.00
48 days ago
Blake Sloan
$30.94
48 days ago
Kurt Stoner
$30.94
48 days ago
Scott Armbrust
$30.94
48 days ago
Dan McElmurry
$30.94
48 days ago
Jeffrey Stancer
$20.00
48 days ago
Janet A. Eide
$700.00
48 days ago
The Jamar Company
$100.00
48 days ago
Les Larson
$30.94
48 days ago
Api Group, Inc.
$4,392.38
48 days ago
Andrews Allen
$5,000.00
60 days ago
St. Paul Park Newport Lions Club
$2,000.00
76 days ago
E. Peter Gillette
$50.00
76 days ago
Community Shares of Minnesota
$82.00
102 days ago
David J. and Kathleen M. Reeder
$50.00
102 days ago
Rachel Williams
$100.00
117 days ago
Marcia Lee McMurtrie
$20.00
142 days ago
Derrel L Slais
$50.00
142 days ago
George H. and Patricia Mueller
$50.00
142 days ago
Barbara and Peter Cavanaugh
$150.00
142 days ago
William Jeff and Diana J. Rouse
$50.00
142 days ago
Kathleen M. Connolly
$50.00
142 days ago
Brent and Michele Lesmeister
$50.00
142 days ago
Christina L. Karnowski
$50.00
142 days ago
Linda M. Kelley
$25.00
142 days ago
Diane F. Anderes
$50.00
142 days ago
Daniel Elbers
$50.00
142 days ago
Arland B. and Peggy A. Anderson
$50.00
142 days ago
James A. and Dorothy A. Hudson
$50.00
142 days ago
Richard Olson
$50.00
142 days ago
Judith Dummer Myers
$25.00
142 days ago
Richard D. Langer
$25.00
142 days ago
Patricia Bill
$25.00
142 days ago
Lisa G. Martinez
$20.00
142 days ago
Daniel E. and Delores M. Jones
$20.00
142 days ago
Hidden Oaks Middle School
$20.00
142 days ago
Dale M. Borgeson
$50.00
142 days ago
Aesop's Table
$500.00
159 days ago
Linda Steinhibel
$200.00
159 days ago
Steven Gravem
$300.00
159 days ago
Robert & Beverly Osborne
$650.00
159 days ago
Robert A. and Mary Jo Applewhite
$90.00
159 days ago
Accutech Tooling, Inc.
$345.00
159 days ago
Martin J. Cocchiarella
$100.00
159 days ago
Elizabeth A. Jerome
$130.00
159 days ago
Elizabeth A. Jerome
$115.00
159 days ago
Pamela A. and James F. Pertz
$140.00
159 days ago
Barbara J. Zeches-Rudolph
$100.00
159 days ago
Dianne and Lawrence E. Collette
$130.00
159 days ago
Mark J. Salmen
$130.00
159 days ago
Mark J. Salmen
$10.00
159 days ago
Mary A. Cocchiarella
$260.00
159 days ago
C. A. Cocchiarella
$130.00
159 days ago
C. A. Cocchiarella
$140.00
159 days ago
Carol Mary Cocchiarella
$90.00
159 days ago
Carol Mary Cocchiarella
$65.00
159 days ago
Frederick E. and Terri L. Edstrom
$1,000.00
159 days ago
Gary Buhr
$150.00
159 days ago
Ronald J. Lewandowski
$130.00
159 days ago
Susan and William Brickzen
$50.00
159 days ago
Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc.
$500.00
159 days ago
Edward A. and Mary I. Rossi
$65.00
159 days ago
Candys Travel, LLC
$30.00
159 days ago
Christina Spriggle
$130.00
159 days ago
Susan Ellen Chenard
$45.00
159 days ago
Mike P. Hayes
$130.00
159 days ago
Jacqueline M. Schroeder
$910.00
159 days ago
Sue Gravem
$40.00
159 days ago
Greater Twin Cities United Way
$503.36
159 days ago
Bryan Woelfel
$230.00
159 days ago
Amy Gafkjen
$45.00
159 days ago
Amy Gafkjen
$825.00
159 days ago
Stella M. Alcantara
$100.00
159 days ago
Robert and Peggy Miller
$70.00
159 days ago
Frank L. Gurney
$150.00
159 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