Fallen And Wounded Soldiers Fund Holds Eighth Annual Fundraiser


DETROIT — The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund, a Livonia, Michigan-­headquartered nonprofit, all-­volunteer organization dedicated to assisting U.S. soldiers and their families, in coordination with Families United and Operation Care Package Michigan, will host its Eighth Annual Dinner & Auction on March 9th, 2013. The keynote speaker this year is Don Mann, former member of SEAL Team Six and most recently, a trainer of the Seal Team Six Warriors who conducted the raid on Osama bin Laden.

This year, the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund anticipates selling over 1,100 tickets to both individuals and corporate sponsors. The event will begin at 5:30 pm at the Suburban Collection Showplace, located at 46100 Grand River Avenue in Novi. Don Mann will be the keynote speaker. WDIV’s Chuck Gaidica has graciously extended his pledge to help the cause by acting as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies for the seventh consecutive year. During the event, he will introduce honored veterans from all branches of service, as well as state officials. Several metro Detroit companies committed to supporting the troops, such as Phillips Service Industries of Livonia, and Cornelius Systems of Berkley, are also supporting the Eighth Annual Dinner & Auction.

In addition to the entertainment, silent auction and inspirational stories that will be shared by wounded Michigan soldiers and their families, guests will be presented with detailed information on how donations to the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund have made a positive impact on Michigan’s military families. Since its inception in 2006, the Fund has raised over $1,000,000 to help wounded or fallen soldiers and their families. Returning troops often face delays in getting assistance from the government. The Fund has the ability to quickly help those families in need, from paying medical bills and travel expenses for families to visit their recovering loved ones at Walter Reed Hospital in D.C., to living expenses, foreclosure assistance and home modifications to create accessible living quarters.

“The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund was created with the goal of giving back to the troops that have done so much for all of us,” said Cornelius. “To consistently see so many Michigan residents and companies support this cause, year after year, has been amazing. Knowing that, together, we are helping make life a little bit easier for the brave men and women who have risked so much for our country is a truly gratifying experience.”

Tickets for the event, which includes a silent auction, dinner and open bar, are available now for $110 per person. Table sponsorships are also available for $1,100. Please keep in mind that tickets and auction items are tax-­deductible and organizers of the event are still accepting sponsorships and auction items. For more information, or to purchase your tickets, please contact Ann Cornelius at (248) 346-­5976 or ann4fwsf@aol.com.