Marco men raise funds, awareness for Wounded Warrior Project

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Marco men raise funds, awareness for Wounded Warrior Project

Two Marco Island men recently traveled 5,710 to help raise funds and awareness of the Wounded Warrior Project.

Founded in 2003, the Wounded Warrior Project’s purpose is to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injures service members, to help injured service member’s aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.

Jim Richards and Lee Rubenstein are not only neighbors, but avid motorcycle enthusiasts and also are members of the Marco Riders Motorcycle Club. What started out as a casual trip to Sturgis, South Dakota for the yearly gathering of bikers quickly evolved into a fundraising effort for the Wounded Warrior’s Project.

“What are we all here for?” Richards asked. “ To do good for our friends, to do good for our relatives, to do good for society and who more deserving then people who put their lives on the line for us.” Richards said.

Lee Rubenstein is known throughout the Marco area for his efforts to bring the Traveling Vietnam Memorial to Marco Island.

“The Wounded Warriors Program fills in the gap financially for the family, the wife, housing and rehabilitation to put the soldier back into the mainstream,” Rubenstein said.

Monies raised will be matched by Richard’s company, Capio Partners, with an additional match from another donor. So far, the men have raised more than $31, 000 dollars with the goal of raising $100,000 with both matches.

Bob Hodges works for Richards and came up with the idea to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. “I have a great appreciation for our heroes that serve the country. It’s been one of my favorite charities for years.” Hodges said.

Contributions are accepted for the Wounded Warrior project at:

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2themoon writes:

God bless these guys!

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