This weekend: Wounded Warriors return to Marco

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 Bill Gebig, left, stands with Chris Moroski, right, a 'wounded warrior' during a game at a Fantasy Baseball Training Camp in the Lee County Sports Complex on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 in Fort Myers, Fla. Moroski  served twice in Iraq with the army. 'I instantly felt better when I got here,' Moroski said about his experience at the camp.

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Dania Maxwell/Staff Bill Gebig, left, stands with Chris Moroski, right, a "wounded warrior" during a game at a Fantasy Baseball Training Camp in the Lee County Sports Complex on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 in Fort Myers, Fla. Moroski served twice in Iraq with the army. "I instantly felt better when I got here," Moroski said about his experience at the camp.

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 D.J. Martin, left, is a 'wounded warrior' participating in the Fantasy Baseball Training Camp in the Lee County Sports Complex on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 in Fort Myers, Fla. Martin was wounded in Iraq where he served as a Marine sergeant. Motived by one of Martin's coach, Rick Miller, he was able to start swinging the bat as a lefty, instead of with his right. 'I never would have expected I could do this,' Marin said.

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Dania Maxwell/Staff D.J. Martin, left, is a "wounded warrior" participating in the Fantasy Baseball Training Camp in the Lee County Sports Complex on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 in Fort Myers, Fla. Martin was wounded in Iraq where he served as a Marine sergeant. Motived by one of Martin's coach, Rick Miller, he was able to start swinging the bat as a lefty, instead of with his right. "I never would have expected I could do this," Marin said.

In 2011, the island opened its hearts and wallets to a group of men who are part of what is known as Wounded Warriors. This group of veterans, who have mostly fought in the Persian Gulf conflicts, came to Marco and conquered our hearts and minds as we watched them show about 500 spectators that they still had “The Right Stuff.”

Victims of IED’s (improvised explosive devices) and other war injuries took to the field with prosthetic legs, arms and combinations of devastating injuries, but demonstrated their courage and dedication to not letting those physical challenges hold them back.

Alex Galiana, with the Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department, has been working with the team the last two years to book a return of the Wounded Warriors Softball team.

They will be returning to Marco at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, to take on a group of All-Stars Galiana was assembling.

“We look forward to the island coming out again to help support the Wounded Warriors and their efforts as they travel here for our event on the island,” said Galiana.

The event will take place at the Winterberry Softball field and will be open to the public.

In addition to the game on Saturday, there will be a special meet and greet fundraiser for the team on Friday evening, Feb. 7.

This event will be hosted by Island Country Club on Nassau Court on Marco and will run from 7:30 until 9:30 p.m.

The cost for the event will be $75 per person.

Proceeds will be given to the team to help with their expenses as they travel around the United States.

The Island Club will be catering the event with appetizers. There will also be a cash bar.

Tickets for the Friday evening event are available at Mackle Park or by calling Steve Stefanides at 250-8348, Leo Sutera at 394-1122, Dusty Rhodes at 571-1019, at Jim Lane 954-868-7367, Val Simon at 777-5942, at Mike Seigfried 821-0825, Ed Adams at 937-371-4926 or Monte Lazarus 537-9551.

The team provides an inspirational message to show young and old alike that many of the obstacles in life can be overcome with hard work and dedication.

Hot dogs and hamburgers will be offered at the ball field and Joey’s Pizza will be catering a light lunch for a meet and greet at the ball field for a nominal cost.

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Comments » 3

RayPray writes:

"The cost for the event will be $75 per person."

>>> I was already ambushed by these fundraisers going into and out of Publix.

>>> Since this rag forgot to tell you, check here with Charity Navigatior to see how much of the cash is squandered on staff & admin:

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index...

"Jack Boyles · Top Commenter "74 million in contributions for 2011, However over 57 million spent on staff and marketing. The Director was paid over $300,000.00 in one year. What is sad about this group is less than 17 million of the 74 million actually went to those in need. Wow. Be informed about where you money goes when you donate. I love what wounded warrior project stands for. Sadly the money seems to be getting looted from the top down.

Joseph DiLalla · Greenport Union Free School District
There should be no need for the WWP. These wounded military men and women should be taken care of by the government they served. They shouldn't need charity. Disgraceful!

Konfuzius writes:

"This group of veterans, who have mostly fought in the Persian Gulf conflicts..."

When was that and what kind of conflict? Somebody knows?

exasperation writes:

WOW!! really don't know??

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