What do Bingo games, ’90s music, and puzzles have in common? Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) supporters are showcasing their ingenuity when it comes to giving back.
WWP recently adapted the format of its annual gala honoring those who support warriors.
The Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner®, typically a 500-attendee gala hosted in New York City, became a virtual event, allowing anyone to host their own version. WWP teammates and others stepped up, and creativity was not in short supply.
WWP teammate Christy Smith hosted a Bingo night. Participants who registered for her event got five Bingo cards for $25. Christy hosted five games, and players could use any number of cards for each game. People from the Midwest to the Southeast participated in the fun event, and many invited their extended family to play, too. The grandma of one of Christy’s teammates ended up winning.
“We enjoyed being able to raise money in a simple and entertaining way for our nation’s brave wounded warriors during the pandemic,” Christy said.
Another fun way supporters showed their backing for wounded warriors was through ’90s music trivia. This event, hosted by WWP teammate Jelisa Wallace, included 23 participants and lots of laughs. Those who bought in to participate listened to clips of ’90s music videos and buzzed in to guess the song.
“It was a joy to see three generations of my family and friends singing and dancing along to all of the songs, all while raising money for a great cause,” Jelisa said. “Amazingly, it was someone born in 2002 who won the event. Everyone agreed that ’90s music brings back great memories!”
If you’re dusting off your old albums, it might be a good time to reconnect with some hobbies. Puzzles are a fun, yet challenging way to pass the time. WWP teammate Adrienne Cea hosted a puzzle night in support of warriors. For $25, each team picked a Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner picture from previous years, then used an online resource to make the picture into a puzzle. The first team to put their puzzle together that evening received WWP gear.
Check out all the different ways you can support warriors. Although this year’s CABD is complete, you can still support warriors amid the coronavirus pandemic.
About Wounded Warrior Project
Since 2003, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has been meeting the growing needs of warriors, their families, and caregivers — helping them achieve their highest ambition. Learn more.