After the Falcons helped us make Warrior Wishes come true in atlanta, my dad spent the night at the airport and was on the first flight to Philadelphia early Monday morning.
My dad arrived in Philadelphia around 10:30 which gave him a little time to catch up on blog posts from the last few game. Tonight my dad will make warrior wishes come true at the 30th of the 32 stadiums he has attended this year – only the Jaguars and Jets remain.
My dad says the Philadelphia Eagles have one of the most convenient venues, due to the easy access of all 3 stadiums/arenas from both bus station and airport. It is the only city in the country where all 4 of their sports teams are located on pretty much the same block.
Here are some of our favorite memories from making wishes come true at the Eagles games since 2012.
McFadden’s Restaurant which is attached to Phillies stadium, has been a big supporter of our mission over the past 5 years. They have gone above & beyond to provide meals to the Warriors we host every time we come to Philadelphia.
In fact, McFadden’s has become our “Official” Philly meeting place. This year my dad was honored to be hosting military brothers Calvin and Dylan Colclaugh. They were nominated by their mother Susan, who wanted to get both of her Marine sons together for a special night. When we called them to offer the experience, there was one catch – Calvin actually lives in North Carolina, and mom was not sure they would be able to pull it off. But once Calvin heard about the opportunity, he loaded up the family and headed out on a 9 hour drive to Philadelphia to hang out with his brother, while the kids hang out with grandma.
Next to arrive was Marine Cpl Brandon Stingo, who was attending the game with his dad Christopher. Christopher was also an Army Veteran. As everyone ate dinner, the local ESPN 610 radio show was doing a live broadcast right in front of their table. They presented the warriors with T-Shirts & My dad presented them with brand new New Era Eagles Caps & thank you letters from children.
My dad also heard that one of our previous Eagles guests, Kevin McCloskey and his new bride Bridgett were going to the game too. So he invited them to dinner as well. It gave them the chance to catch up. We look forward to seeing Kevin at our 2017 Warrior Wishes scramble!
After the delicious meal thanks to McFaddens, everyone walked across the street to Lincoln Financial Field to watch the Philadelphia Eagles take on Packers.
Unfortunately for the Warriors, the Green Bay Packers defeated the Eagles 24-13. Despite the loss, everyone still had a great time!
Operation warrior wishes would like to thank Johnna and Dale at McFaddens for the delicious pregame meal & their continued support of our mission. We also want to thank New Era Cap for eagles Caps and Chive Charities for T-shirts.
TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!
Most importantly, thank you to Army Veteran Christopher Stingo, Marine Cpl Brandon Stingo and marine brothers Calvin & Dylan Colclaugh for their service & sacrifices to our country. Your service & sacrifices are appreciated, have not gone unnoticed & will never be forgotten.
My dad will be spending the night at the airport before hopping on a flight first thing tomorrow Morning to spend one day at home before heading back to Minnesota for his 2nd Vikings game of the season. Stay tuned for more details.
MEET THE WARRIORS
ARMY SPC CHRISTOPHER STINGO
USMC CPL BRANDON STINGO (2012-Present)
Sgt. United States Marines
Infantry Division 2006-2014
5 Deployments: Iraq and Afghanistan
Platoon Sgt., conducting Helo born operations/ Intel. Ops
Awarded Naval/Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Second Award with Valor Distinguish Service
2013 attached to Recon in Spain & Africa as “Quick Reaction Force” serving Embassies
Cpl. United States Marines
Infantry Division 2011-2014
Squad Leader: 2 Deployments
Philippines & Korea
National Defense Medal
Sea Service w/ Bronze Star
War on Terrorism
Don’t forget to nominate your hero for an upcoming game on our 2016 “All32in17” Mission!
Contact Craig for more information about the mission (630) 339-6714