We had another great Super Bowl Party for our Wounded and Injured Veterans and Servicemen/women at the Bethesda/Chevy Chase Rescue Center in Bethesda, MD. A short distance from Walter Reed, we had a great turnout, busing our injured and wounded to the party. The party is coordinated every year by Captain John "Woody" Woodall of Fire Fighters Assisting Armed Forces Families (FFAAFF). Woody gets his fellow charities and firefighter friends to pull this off. Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon is proud to have been a lead sponsor of this event for years. Partners this year included the LT Dennis W Zilinski II Memorial Foundation, OritaniBank Charitable Foundation, Unilever Military Sales, the FDNY (Fire Department of NYC), Fair Lawn (NJ) ADA Committee, Gary Sinise Foundation, Camp4Heroes and others. Special thanks to the Bethesda/Chevy Chase Rescue Center for putting on such a hospitable venue. Everyone had a great time. AaSP Supporter Karl Nelson, 1986 NY Giants Super Bowl Champion, joined us with his wife Inga, signed memorabilia and took pictures with fans. It was a great time.
In 2015, the venue for the Super Bowl Party was switched to the Bethesda/Chevy Chase Rescue Squad building. It was a great event and more relaxed. The Rescue guys cooked all kinds of great food and it was a sensational party and lots of our Wounded Vets attended. We also brought gifts for the kids furnished by Unilever's Tax Department and the Grace United Methodist Church in Wyckoff, NJ. Also brought gift cards from OritaniBank Charitable Fund, the Church, the LT Dennis W Zilinski II Memorial Foundation and the North Jersey Blue Star Moms #3. Unilever's Military Sales Team contributed significantly to expenses. It was a great event!!!
Once again, we are proud to have co-sponsored the Super Bowl party at Walter Reed NMMC, supporting lead organizations Fire Fighters Assisting Armed Forces Families, FDNY, The Independence Fund and Truckin' 4 Troops.
Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon teamed up with Unilever and the LT Dennis W Zilinski II Foundation to donate about $10,000 worth of prizes, gifts and giveaways. We provided souvenir official NFL Jerseys for both teams, $50 Visa gift cards, Xbox games, Mike & Ikes candy from Just Born, Coffee from Coffee Associates and other gifts including TRX Force Kits from our friends at TRX Fitness. The Zilinski Foundation funded all Wounded Heroes and their family to a pre-Super Bowl dinner at the Event hotel. All in all, it was outstanding!
At the party, our good friend SGM Willene Orr came by, loaded with gifts from the 101st Airborne (she brought a 101st ABN football jersey that one of our Wounded Heroes had just asked for!) and US Army, including t-shirts. And one of our former Adoptees, Jason Hale, was on hand and we met for the first time! It was awesome meeting him since we supported Charlie Troop pretty hard while they were deployed. Meeting Jason was icing on the cake.
And Gary Sinise came by and took pictures with the Wounded Heroes and charities for hours. Gary is an incredible man who is truly our generation's Bob Hope. He spends so much of his time, energy and his own money to support our Troops overseas and at home! In fact, the next day, Gary, along with Woody and bunch of our Wounded Heroes went to California for a Hollywood/Disneyland tour! Gary thanks a million brother! YOU are one in a Million!!!!
We love spending time with our Wounded Heroes and also with the Fire Fighters from NYC and with our great friend Capt Woody. We had just gotten back from Afghanistan on a Thursday and drove down to Walter Reed that Saturday. We also invited the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders who came in force! Five Cheerleaders from our trip to AFG and five Redskins Ambassadors attended the party, signed autographs, took pictures and talked and interacted with our Heroes. It was a fabulous day! Thanks to our Benefactors for helping make it possible!
Thanks to a grant from Unilever Military Sales, we were able to purchase official NFL jerseys and Super Bowl hats for the party! EA's Medal of Honor Warfighter brand also donated games shown in this picture. Hooah, HooYah and OohRah!
UPDATE 3 FEB 2013: The Washington Redskins Cheerleaders and representatives from the Redskins organization arrived with boxes and boxes of calendars, footballs, t-shirts, jackets, golf shirts, team roster pics, game day programs, magnets, wrist bands and a host of goodies! THANK YOU to the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders for making the event so very special!!! UPDATE 1 FEB 2013: TRX Fitness donated some TRX Force kits, Microsoft Xbox 360 donated some Kinect sensors and the Tennessee Titans sent two boxes of stickers, buttons, player cards and beverage holders. UPDATE 30 JAN 2013: The Miami Dolphins sent a carton of GREAT STUFF! Included are all kinds of stickers and bumper stickers, team and cheerleader cards, hats, scorebooks (including one with the perfect Dolphins on the cover!) and, get this, three GAME DAY USED FOOTBALLS! We will be sending one to AFG and giving away two at Walter Reed! Thank you Miami Dolphins! (thanks Kim, Michelle and Barbara!)
We joined the Fire Fighters Assisting Armed Forces Families (FFAAFF) and FDNY to have a super Super Bowl Party again at Walter Reed NMMC this year!
We partnered again with FFAAFF to make the Super Bowl Party at Walter Reed a big success for all our Wounded Heroes! This year, our Benefactors at Unilever Military Sales made our contributions go much farther with a huge grant! Thanks to Kurt and the Military Sales Team there. We brought Kindle Fires, TRX kits and our Veterans Liaison and Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Program specialists to Bethesda to be on hand to help our Heroes. In addition, thanks to Unilever, we brought the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders again (with a bunch of their famous calendars)! It was awesome!
Just look at that smile above! Bix is sporting Super Bowl rings from Joe Andruzzi. It doesn't take much to put a smile on our Heroes' faces. Super Bowl rings, footballs, TRXs, video games and assorted other goodies go a long way to bringing joy to our Wounded Heroes. We are blessed we can help do that!!
Update: 11 February 2013:
We were fortunate to connect with the Fire Fighters Assisting Armed Forces Families (FFAAFF) and we helped them launch a great Super Bowl party at Walter Reed on 5 February!
We brought six Washington Redskins Cheerleaders with us to the Big Game Party and LOTS of giveaways and goodies! We arrived on Saturday night and enjoyed spending time with some Wounded Heroes at the FFAAFF dinner at the hotel. Actor and Warrior Advocate Jon Voight was there as was former Patriot offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi, whose brothers are Firefighters for FDNY. It was awesome!!!
We spent time with Bix, Brian, Justin, Todd, Derek, Jake, Tim, Alan, Maverick, Kevin and so many others. It was such an honor and privilege to be there with these National Treasures! We all owe them so much. We can't do enough for them! Our Veterans Liaison Tamber spoke with our Heroes and offered her help for any needing assistance from the VA. She is such a Special Angel!!! Thank you Tamber!!!
We received donations from: EA's Community Outreach; Nancy D'; Wayne S and the NY Giants; Christie A; the San Diego Chargers Cheerleaders; the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders; the New England Patriots Cheerleaders; Seattle Seahawks; Tennessee Titans; Fathead; CBS Sports (thanks Flora G and Pete R); the NY Jets; Wayne NJ Boys/Girls Club; the Red Bulls; MLB Network; the NBA (thanks to Coach S and Adrian!), AXE (from Unilever Military Sales) and NASCAR goodies (also from Unilever). Thanks to Rob Evans our Sports Director for an outstanding job getting a lot of the goodies!
We brought signed footballs from Eli Manning and Phil Simms (thanks Nancy!) and we received six (count 'em 6!) GORGEOUS white leather NFL footballs with the NY Giants logo and all the signatures of the Giants lazered in blue on the leather - all from the Giants thanks to Wayne S! Thank you Wayne!!! We received hats from CBS Sports and DVDs from a new documentary about the Army Navy game (thanks Pete and Flora!). Fantastic!!!
We received some amazing souvenirs from the Wayne NJ Boys/Girls Club: signed footballs from Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez; signed Jersey and helmet from DaBrickishaw Ferguson; signed Red Bulls soccer jersey; signed basketball from the NBA frosh/soph game with letter of authenticity; MLB Network hats and gear -- just amazing!!!! Thanks Coach S, Adrian and Rob!!!! Also received a great carton of goodies from the Tennessee Titans, including bumper stickers, pics of the team and cheerleaders, calendars of the cheerleaders, hats, t-shirts, you name it; signed pics from the New England Patriots cheerleaders; goodies from the Seattle Seahawks... thank you alll!!!!!!
It was a great time supporting our Wounded Heroes! Thanks Mary-Edna, Tamber, 2Ls, Holmes, Ken, Wayne and Nancy and special thanks to Andy Woodall of FFAAFF and all the FDNY guys (Steve, Mike, Ben, Danny, John, Jimmy and so many others)for inviting us to help! Thanks Joe Andruzzi and Jon Voight. What great guys! Thanks John T Woodall and Brett for the music - awesome! Thanks Capt. Evans and Caleb and Ashley and all!!!
But mostly, THANKS TO OUR WOUNDED HEROES and those serving in harm's way for giving yourselves for all of US!!!!! God Bless you All!!!!
These goodies include: signed footballs and mini-helmets from Rex Ryan, coach, and Mark Sanchez, QB, of the NY Jets; signed jersey and replica helmet from Jet DaBrickashaw Ferguson; signed Red Bulls jersey (lower right); Fathead full-size Eli Manning; rookie NBA signed basketball; Patriots Cheerleaders signed pictures; MLB Network goodies, two signed footballs from local hero Greg Olsen, of the Carolina Panthers, etc....
From our buddy Julie W., Manager of the EA's Community Outreach. Thanks Julie!!!
Some of the prizes/giveaways for the Super Bowl Party at Walter Reed NMMC include: signed footballs from Eli Manning and Phil Simms; jerseys from the Browns and a pink ladies NY Jets Pennington jersey; and six laser-etched NY Giants Official NFL footballs with all team signatures on them!