Supporting ‘Wounded Warriors’ Gala raises needed funds for soldiers

On May 19, the fifth annual Greenwich Supports the Troops Gala, benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) was a sold-out affair including cocktails, dinner and a live auction all to benefit soldiers wounded in action.

As part of the evening, Ret. Staff Sgt. Dan Nevins told guests about how WWP played a huge role in his recovery after an explosive device detonated beneath his vehicle in Iraq, causing a traumatic brain injury and requiring his left leg to be amputated.

Sgt. Nevins told the sold out crowd that included State Sen. L. Scott Frantz (R-36) of how WWP helped not only with his rehabilitation but in giving him the kind of attitude that allowed him to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with two of his fellow wounded warriors.

The Junior Committee led by Tyler Triscari and primarily comprised of 30 Greenwich High School students and teens from other Greenwich schools, raised more than $22,000 to help the WWP. Greenwich residents Anna Povinelli and Wendy Triscari were the event co-chairs.

WWP provides several programs and services to assist injured veterans and their families during their recovery, rehabilitation and transition. The 2012 Greenwich Supports the Troops focused on the Combat Stress Recovery Program, for the growing mental health needs of soldiers. Studies estimate that more than 300,000 will suffer the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

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