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Game 47 – Warrior Wishes Come True on Thanksgiving in Detroit!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We would like to start this post by thanking all of those who have served, those who are serving, those of you who support the ones serving and those of you who support our mission. We are thankful for you all!

In case you haven’t been following along, let me catch you up to speed. We have been honored to make Warrior Wishes come true at 46 NFL games this season!

This week we are kicking things off on Thanksgiving day in Detroit.

At this point it has become tradition to make wishes come true on Turkey day in Detroit. Since 2012, I think we have only missed one Lions Thanksgiving game. Here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving day memories.

 

My dad’s overnight bus was threatened to be canceled due to a lack of a driver, but thankfully Greyhound found someone at the last minute.  He arrived in Detroit a little late, but better late than never. Upon arrival he immediately made his way over to Eastern Market place to meet up with the warriors and tailgate with the “Tubgaters.”

The “Tubgaters” and their friends have one of the best and most unique tailgates in the country. They put on a thanksgiving feast like no other and they have a hot tub!

Today we had the honor of hosting Air Force TSgt Jason Ackley and Marine SSG Steve Vincent at the Lions game.

Jason served on 3 deployments as a heavy equipment operator during his 6 years in the Air Force.

Steve served in the Marine Corps from 1990-1999. He was in the Air Wing and worked in aviation electronics. He has had detachments all over the world. His last one was in Kuwait in 1999. Steve flew in from Portland, Oregon for this experience!

The group enjoyed the Thanksgiving feast, but didn’t bring their swimming trunks, so they did not take a dip in the hot tub before the game…

As game time approached, they made their way over to Ford Field to watch the Bears and Lions things off.

Both teams have struggled throughout the 2019 season. The bears are still holding on hope to make the playoffs, but this was a must win game for them.  The Lions had been fighting injuries all season long and had to rely on their 3rd string Quarterback to get the job done. On host first pass in the NFL, he connected with Kenny Golladay for a 75 yard touchdown!

Although the Lions played well, they ended up coming up a little short in the end as the Bears went on to win 24-20.

Despite the loss everyone enjoyed their experience. We are thankful for TSgt Jason Ackley and Marine SSG Steve Vincent’s service and sacrifices.

After the game my dad made his way to the Amtrak station to catch his first train of the season.

He will be back in action this Sunday making wishes come true at the Colts game. Stay Tuned!

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Game 46 – Todd Gurley Makes Warrior Wishes Come True in LA!

We kicked off week 12 of our 2019 All32in17 mission making wishes come true in Houston at the Texans game…

Then yesterday our friend Tyler Eifert, his father and the Bengal Bomb Squad helped us make Warrior wishes come true at the Bengals game.

And today we had another NFL superstar help make wishes come true in LA!

Throughout the years we have made some unforgettable memories at Rams games dating back to when they played in St. Louis.

Today we were honored to be hosting Army veterans Geoffrey Quevedo and Mike Rivera at the Rams game. We were also honoring the legacy of Army Sgt Myles David Penix and hosted his wife and son at the game in his honor.

This past summer we had the pleasure of meeting Rams running back, Todd Gurley and his manager, Co, at the ESPYs. They run an organization called M.A.D.E. Which stands for Make A Difference Everyday. And today they were making a difference for our guests!

We want to thank Co and Erica (From the Rams) for helping us make these Warrior wishes come true.  Before the game, Geoffrey and Sgt Penix’s wife and son enjoyed watching pregame warmups from the sidelines and Todd Gurley stopped by to show his appreciation!

As game time approached everyone made their way up to their seats to watch the Ravens and Rams kick things off on Monday night football!

Mike was rooting for the Ravens, and he had a whole lot to cheer about as they scored a touchdown on every offensive drive in the first half! They went into halftime leading 28-6.

Unfortunately for our Rams fans, Todd Gurley and the Rams offense never got going and Lamar Jackson seemed unstoppable. He threw 5 touchdown passes on the night and led the Ravens to a 45-6 win over the Rams.

Todd Gurley May not have had the best game on the field, but he did some amazing things off the field and that makes a difference! We cannot thank him enough for helping us make Warrior Wishes come true at tonight’s game!

Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank Geoffrey, Mike and The family of Myles David Penix. We are forever grateful for your service and sacrifices and they will never be forgotten!

We will be back in action on Thanksgiving Fay in Detroit making wishes come true with the Tubgaters at the Lions game! Stay tuned…

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Game 45 – Warrior Wishes Come True at the Bears Game!

Operation Warrior Wishes was honored to host Marine Elvis Gutierrez and Navy Am2(AW/SW) at the Chicago Bears game!

We would like to thank our friends at Sebern Homes and Grandview Homes for giving us the opportunity to make Warrior Wishes come true at every Bears home game this season!

TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

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Game 44 – Warrior Wishes Come True in Cincinnati!

We kicked off week 12 making Warrior Wishes come true at our 43rd NFL game this season in Houston…

My dad was able to come home for about a day and a half before literally getting “back on the bus” and heading out to Cincinnati.

Throughout the years we have made some unforgettable memories making Warrior Wishes come true at the Bengals games.

Our friends at the Bengal Bomb squad have played a big part in making all of these moments possible. They have been hosting heroes at their tailgate since we started our mission in 2012. Who Dey Baby, Big John and their entire Bomb Squad crew go above and beyond every year. It’s one of my dads favorite stops on our All32in17 mission.

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On top of hosting us this year, the Bomb Squad also raised nearly $3000 to make more wishes come true! We cannot thank them enough for their continued support!

My dad arrived in Cincy late Saturday night and actually got a good night sleep on a bed in a hotel! You’re probably as shocked as I am…  He was up at the crack of dawn to head out to Paul Brown Stadium, home of the Bengals. Upon arrival, he took a quick power nap outside the stadium before meeting up with the warriors for the pregame meal.

Today we had the honor of hosting Air Force TSgt Dustin Hoover, Army Sgt Kevin McGuffie and Krista Williams, the Gold Star Widow of Fallen Hero Army SSG Wesley Ross Williams.  The group met for brunch at Moerleins and got to know each other before the game.

The Moerlein Lager House offers a guest experience unlike any other. Located across the street from the stadium, they are a working microbrewery producing a full line of Moerlein craft brews and delectable fare featuring grain spent breads and smoked rotisserie meats. Moerlein’s has been helping make wishes come true since 2013, so make sure to stop by the next time you’re in town!

After everyone filled up on food, they made their way over to a couple of tailgates. The first tailgate was our friend, Greg Eifert’s tailgate. You may recognize the last name and yes, Greg is Tyler’s dad. Greg and Tyler have been amazing throughout the years always taking time to show the warriors their appreciation and today was no different. Tyler planned to meet the crew after the game.

Then the group headed over to meet up with Who Dey Baby, Big John and the Bengal Bomb squad. As usual, they took great care of the warriors.

Unfortunately the Bengals have yet to win a game this season… last year we brought some luck to another Ohio team, the Browns as we cheered them to their first victory in nearly 2 years. This year we hoped to bring some luck to the Bengals.

The game got off to a slow start. Playing their rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Bengals took a 7-3 lead into the half.

After the Steelers benched their QB, the backup, Develin Hodges, connected with James Washington for a 79 yard TD. The teams headed into the 4th quarter tied at 10. But in the end, the Bengals offense failed to put up points and the Steelers kicked 2 field goals in the final quarter to beat the Bengals 16-10.

Despite the loss, everyone had a great time at the game. And as promised, Tyler Eifert took the time to show his appreciation to the warriors after the game. We gave each Warrior an Eifert Jersey to get signed.

Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank TSgt Dustin Hoover, Army Sgt Kevin McGuffie and Army SSG Wesley Ross Williams your service and sacrifices are appreciated and you will never be forgotten!

My dad plans to get a good night sleep at the Cincinnati airport before catching his 7am flight to Los Angeles. He will be making Wishes come true at tomorrow’s Rams game! Stay tuned…

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Warrior Wishes Come True at Tarik Cohen’s Celebrity Bowling Event!

Operation Warrior Wishes was honored to host Army Sgt Jimmy Ferguson, Marine Sgt Ryan Curry, Navy Corpsman Dennis Doyle, Marine Cpl Richard Monzon and Army Sgt Lorenzo Amaro at Chicago Bears Running Back, Tarik Cohen’s celebrity bowling event benefitting The Boys and Girls club.

We would like to thank you all for your service and sacrifices!

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Game 43 – The Houston Texans Make Warrior Wishes Come True!

After a crazy Sunday where we made wishes come true at 4 games across the country in one day…

My dad got a rare “day off” due to the Monday night game being played in Mexico.

So instead of being at a game, he spent his night with our board members planning out upcoming events which include the Army Navy game and a Texas sized Cowboys party in Dallas.

So far this season we have been honored to make Warrior Wishes come true at 42 NFL games and at numerous other events. And we’re kicking off week 12 in Houston at the Texans game.

Throughout the years we have made some unforgettable memories in Houston. Here are some of our favorites.

After watching the grandkids, my dad made his way to the airport Wednesday night and flew out to Houston for a good night sleep at the airport.

He was up early Thursday morning ready to make some Warrior Wishes come true at NRG Stadium!

Today we had the honor of hosting Army Medic Tim Stroud, Army MSGT Donald Couch, Army 1SG Denise Couch, Army Spc Michael Rodriguez, Army Sgt Chris Moreno, Navy Veteran Luz Cervantes and Marines Eric Morante and LaShonda Johnson At the Houston Texans game.  Everyone met for dinner before the game, thanks to our friends at Olive Garden, and they all got to know each other.

After filling up on “never ending pasta bowls” the group made their way to NRG stadium to take the field and watch the Colts and Texans warm up before the game!

Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank our friend Erin, Baker Hostetler LLP, and the Houston Texans for donating tickets and field passes for the game!

As game time approached the warriors made their way up to their seats to kickoff week 12 in Houston!

The Colts and Texans were in a battle for the division lead. The 2 teams traded the lead multiple times throughout the game. But in the end, Deshaun Watson & Deandre Hopkins connected in the end zone for the 2nd and the Texans won the game 20-17!

Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank Tim, Donald, Denise, Michael, Chris, Luz, Eric and LaShonda for their service and sacrifices. It was an honor to host you all at this Texans win!

My dad will be heading home to make wishes come true at a celebrity bowling event on Friday night before heading out to Cincinnati to make wishes come true at the Bengals game on Sunday and the Rams game in LA on Monday. Stay tuned…

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Warrior Wishes Come True at the Rockets Game!

Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank our friend Erin for helping us make Warrior Wishes come true at the Rockets game!Thanks to her generosity, Marine Gunnery Sgt LaShonda Johnson, Marine Cpl Malishya Lott, Marine Cpl Jennifer Cannon and Navy Petty Officer Reginald Thompson had the opportunity to attend the game!

Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank LaShonda, Malishya, Jennifer and Reginald for their service and sacrifices!

My dad will be back in action Thursday night at the Texans game! Stay tuned…

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Game 42 – Warrior Wishes Come True at the Bears Game in LA!

On a crazy busy Sunday, we covered the entire country making wishes come true at 4 games in 1 day!  In the south, my dad was making wishes come true in Miami at the Dolphins game…

In the East, we were making wishes come true at the Washington Redskins game…

In the Midwest, I was making wishes come true at the Blackhawks game…

And on the west coast, we were hosting Navy AS2 Sean Mehaljevic at the Bears vs. Rams game in LA!

Although our regular scheduled Rams game isn’t until next week, we couldn’t help but make Sean’s wish come true at this game. You see, Sean has been serving in the Navy for the past 7 years and is currently stationed in San Diego.

He is a die hard Bears fan who was born and raised in Chicago.  His wish was to see the Bears play in LA! So we made it happen!  Sean and his wife were treated to front row seats right behind the goal post.

Unfortunately the Bears came up short and lost to the Rams, but Sean still had an awesome experience!

We would like to thank him for his service and sacrifices.

Thanks to the Monday night game being in Mexico, my dad will get a few days off before heading out to Houston for the Thursday night Texans game. Stay tuned…

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“Suite” Warrior Wishes Come True at the Blackahawks Game Again!

On a day where my dad was in Miami hosting warriors at the Dolphins game…

And Warrior wishes were coming true at the Redskins game…

We also had the opportunity for the second straight Sunday to make Warrior Wishes come true in a suite at the Chicago Blackhawks game!

Our friend, Dave, donated his suite to make wishes come true at the last minute.  Dave also donate a suite to “Da Bulls” game this past Tuesday. We cannot thank him enough for these opportunities. Because of his generosity we have been able to make over 20 warrior wishes come true at the United Center in the last week!

 

We met the warriors in front of the Michael Jordan statue about 45 minutes before game time and made our way up to the suite.

Today we had the honor of hosting Air Force Cpt Kyle Radke, Marine CPL Valerie Reynoso, Air Force Airman Annette Roberts , Navy Petty officer 1st Class Derek Bugbee, Navy petty Officer Kevin Finizio, Navy petty Officer 2nd Class Larry Taing and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Guadalupe Miranda in the suite!  Dave’s son stopped by to thank the warriors for their service before the game.

Just like last week, the Hawks jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. We all danced to “Chelsea Dagger” all night long.  The warriors enjoyed chicken fingers, a nacho bar & the sweet cart throughout the game.

The Hawks went on to beat the Sabres by the score of 4-1.

And if you recall, last week Blackhawks defenseman Connor Murphy stopped up in the suite to personally thank warriors, deliver gifts, signed autographs and took pictures…

Thankfully, he was not able to do that again. Because he’s off injured reserve and back on the ice. But that did not stop him from making wishes come true! He invited the group to come down by the ice after the game and took his time to meet the warriors! Unfortunately Connor took a puck to the knee and was walking with a limp, but not even that could stop him from showing his appreciation.

Connor also brought a gift for one lucky Warrior. He grabbed the game winning puck after the game had ended and gave it away to one of our warriors. Navy veteran Derek Bugbee, who plays goalie for the Blackhawks warriors hockey team, guessed the lucky number and won the puck!

Connor stayed to take pictures and sign autographs before making his way back into the trainers room. We hope his knee feels better soon and are thankful for all he has done to make wishes come true!

Another mission accomplished!

We want to thank Kyle, Valerie, Annette, Derek, Kevin, Larry & Guadalupe for your service and sacrifices. We hope you all made some memories you will never forget!

While we were at the Hawks game, Warrior wishes were also coming true at the Bears game in LA! Stay tuned…