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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)
  

  

Anttend 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

$843,607.38

Funded: 84.36%
My Team
WWP Team Minnesota
$710,039.79
Donors
Mike Jennings
$2,000.00
14 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
16 days ago
Anonymous
$250.00
16 days ago
Aesop's Table
$500.00
16 days ago
Patricia C. Haskins
$100.00
16 days ago
Patricia C. Haskins
$25.00
16 days ago
Navigate Forward, Inc.
$100.00
16 days ago
Bernard Schmidt
$100.00
17 days ago
Anonymous
$50.00
17 days ago
Gary and Carol Hushagen
$200.00
18 days ago
Neal Dimick
$50.00
20 days ago
Tom & Connie Cocchiarella for All US Veter...
$100.00
23 days ago
Heidi Lourey
$500.00
25 days ago
Scott & Rita Buhr
$100.00
27 days ago
WAYNE AND DEBORAH ZWICKEY
$200.00
27 days ago
Friend Anonymous
$4,000.00
28 days ago
Anonymous
$250.00
31 days ago
Larry Debelak
$100.00
33 days ago
Rachel Williams
$63.76
37 days ago
Donald Iten
$25.00
77 days ago
Rachel Williams
$50.00
79 days ago
Kennedy Football Booster Club
$158.03
79 days ago
David S. and Dawn M. Gustafson
$250.00
79 days ago
Brent Dennis
$250.00
104 days ago
Saint-Gobain Corporation Foundation
$500.00
104 days ago
Anonymous
$800.00
107 days ago
James Silda
$100.00
115 days ago
Rachel Williams
$100.00
121 days ago
Jerry Grufman
$25.00
137 days ago
Rachel F. Cooper
$25.00
162 days ago
Rachel Williams
$100.00
167 days ago
Anonymous
$100.00
187 days ago
Anonymous
$200.00
188 days ago
Rachel Williams
$100.00
191 days ago
Fragneto'S, Inc.
$500.00
194 days ago
Carol Plaster Blunt
$35.00
194 days ago
In Honor of William Schunk
$100.00
195 days ago
Bancroft Elementary School 5th Grade Boys
$240.30
212 days ago
Jon and Carol Larson
$75.00
222 days ago
Misty M. Cordle
$5.00
222 days ago
Forest Lake Lions Club
$500.00
222 days ago
Anonymous
$200.00
226 days ago
$250.00
243 days ago
Steven Gravem
$200.00
255 days ago
Pam Hoyhtya
$10.00
259 days ago
Valerie K. Haga
$130.00
265 days ago
Lakeville Area Public Schools
$700.00
265 days ago
Rachel Williams
$100.00
275 days ago
Anthony Lovre
$111.00
275 days ago
Susan and William Brickzen
$65.00
281 days ago
Greater Twin Cities United Way
$637.84
281 days ago
Michael and Kathleen Reeves
$150.00
281 days ago
Teresa L. Potter
$250.00
283 days ago
LuLaRoe with Studio 17
$100.00
292 days ago
Cathy Huebsch
$30.00
292 days ago
Heather Horst
$211.00
293 days ago
Annette Cocchiarella
$150.00
293 days ago
Annette Cocchiarella
$130.00
293 days ago
Laurie G. Siewert
$80.00
293 days ago
Ann M. Muehlenbein
$165.00
293 days ago
Sandra K. Wiemer
$27.00
293 days ago
Mark E. and Amy Lr Powers
$130.00
293 days ago
Forest Lake Lions Club
$250.00
293 days ago
Tom Cocchiarella
$2,232.00
293 days ago
Brenda and Joseph Stradinger
$130.00
293 days ago
Gregory P. and Judy A. Berg
$33.00
293 days ago
Gregory P. and Judy A. Berg
$1,621.00
293 days ago
Gregory P. and Judy A. Berg
$260.00
293 days ago
Andrew S. and Heather L. McCleery
$215.00
293 days ago
City and County Credit Union
$650.00
293 days ago
Willmar Warhawks
$2,000.00
293 days ago
Giffy'S Gym, LLC
$65.00
293 days ago
Saint Paul Foundation
$250.00
293 days ago
Elizabeth M. Sample
$60.00
293 days ago
Gerardo G. and M. Christi Cerecedes
$90.00
293 days ago
Jessie L. and David S. Prissel
$300.00
293 days ago
Sheila M. Gibbons
$500.00
293 days ago
James A. Sample
$108.00
293 days ago
Kathleen Kortuem Allen
$20.00
293 days ago
Peggy L. and Robert J. Miller
$47.00
293 days ago
Jacqueline M. Schroeder
$390.00
293 days ago
Lawrence E. and Dianne E. Collette
$260.00
293 days ago
Mike P. Hayes
$130.00
293 days ago
Richard Holmes Rappa
$513.00
293 days ago
Richard Holmes Rappa
$130.00
293 days ago
Clare A. Schisler
$200.00
293 days ago
Clare A. Schisler
$130.00
293 days ago
Christine Cocchiarella
$1,300.00
293 days ago
Christine Cocchiarella
$130.00
293 days ago
Marie and Richard Straka
$130.00
293 days ago
Jane A. Greco
$95.00
293 days ago
Rose M. and Mark Bayuk
$20.00
293 days ago
Zachary T. Kunesh
$168.00
293 days ago
Zachary T. Kunesh
$10.00
293 days ago
Christopher P. Cocchiarella
$60.00
293 days ago
Northern Appraisal Services, Inc.
$514.00
293 days ago
Northern Appraisal Services, Inc.
$130.00
293 days ago
Candys Travel, LLC
$55.00
293 days ago
Megan Reichman
$130.00
293 days ago
Ronald J. Lewandowski
$100.00
293 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