We kicked off week 7 making Warrior Wishes come true in Oakland, which was the 21st game of our 2017 mission.
Our good friend, Lou, let my dad crash on his couch for the next few days. This gave him plenty of time to rest up & Catch up before making wishes come true at the 49ers game.
He also had some time to meet up with Ken Pollack, a guest of ours in 2013. My dad really enjoyed catching up with him over lunch on Saturday afternoon.
For the 6th year in a row & for the 2nd time this season, our friends in San Francisco went above and beyond to make Warrior Wishes come true at the Niners game! Today we are teaming up with them to host Army Sgt Matt Sullivan and Marine Cpl Demond Wilson!
Over the years we have made some incredible friendships and unforgettable memories while making wishes come true at 49ers games. Here are some of our favorite memories.
As I mentioned before, our friends went above and beyond to make wishes come true. It all started with an amazing tailgate! My dad, along with Lou, Vince, Mario & their entire tailgate crew arrived at Levi Stadium early to set everything up. My dad has been to many tailgates throughout the years, but said he has never seen a Weber grill this big! It was massive!!!
Our master chef, Lou, was cooking up some mouthwatering filet’s along with some jumbo prawns. I will never forget tailgating with these guys. Their food is absolutely amazing & I’m a little jealous I wasn’t there! But it’s not about me, it’s about taking care of the warriors & they certainly provided an incredible tailgating experience for them. Demond and his mom were first to arrive. SGT Sullivan and his wife arrived shortly after. After being introduced to the group, they grabbed a bite to eat and got to know each other.
They spent a couple of hours having fun tailgating before making their way into the stadium to watch the Dallas Cowboys kickoff against the San Francisco 49ers.
The epic tailgate was just the beginning to an unforgettable day for the warriors. Once inside the stadium, they made their way down to the 49ers BNY Mellon Field Suites. The suites give fans the opportunity to watch the game while standing on the Field from either sideline stretching from the 40 to 50 yard line! It’s one of the coolest game experiences!
While being on he field during the game is awesome, it’s sometimes hard to watch the game due to the players, cameras & Gatorade jugs obstructing the view on the field. Thankfully the warriors also had the option to watch the game from seats. While Demond & his mom made their way to their accessible seats, SGT Sullivan & his wife opted to stay on the field and watched the entire game from the 50 yard line!
Unfortunately for the warriors and all the 49ers fans in attendance, they did not have much to cheer about. Ezekiel Elliott scored 2 early touchdowns in the first quarter & the cowboys never looked back. Elliott totaled over 200 yards in the game and scored 3 times as the Cowboys crushed the 49ers 40-10. Despite the loss, both warriors enjoyed their experience.
Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank our friends, Lou, Vinny, Mike, Mario & their crew, in San Francisco for their continued support in helping us make Warrior Wishes come true at the 49ers games. From tickets to tailgates to field suites & your hospitality, you guys know how to show the warriors a great time! We couldn’t make it all possible without you guys!
We also want to thank Angie from the 49ers for her continued support, Frank & Steve for donating tickets & New Era for providing 49ers caps for the warriors.
TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!
After the game, my dad made his way to the airport to catch a cross country overnight flight. He will be in Philadelphia tomorrow to make Wishes come true at the Eagles game. Stay tuned for more details!
It was an honor to host these brave warriors and make their Warrior Wishes come true. If you know a deserving warrior who would love to attend a game on our “All32in17” mission please nominate them today!
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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!