After spending almost a week on the road making wishes come true in Oakland, San Francisco & Philadelphia…
My dad got to head home for a couple of days before making his way back to Baltimore to host a big group of warriors at the Ravens game.
We have made some amazing friendships and some unforgettable memories making Warrior Wishes come true at the Ravens games throughout the years. Here are some of our favorite moments.
As I mentioned before, today we were hosting a big group of warriors thanks to the Ravens and a group of their “Super Fans.” It was an honor to host Army Sgt Adam Keys, Army Spc Kevin Gatson, Marine Cpl Mike Wilson, Navy Corpsman Salmon Jamal, Army Sgt Robert Coolbaugh, Coast Guard Charles Baker, Army Ssg Daniel McCann, Army Spc Andrew Brown & Jonah Marchanti, the Gold Star Son of Major Robert Marchanti.
It’s not always easy to coordinate such a large group of warriors, but thanks to the Ravens “Posse,” we had some help! The Ravens “Posse” haze been making wishes come true in Baltimore since 2012! From providing front row seats to their incredible tailgate, they provide an unforgettable experience for all the warriors!
As the warriors began to arrive, Brian “Dee-Ciple Donley & and Chip “Fired Up” Riley along with the rest of the “Posse”, welcomed each of them with open arms & invited them to help themselves to some great food, drinks & a lot of fun!
On top of the warriors we hosted at the game, Army Sgt Mike Cain, Army Medic Kevin Cordner, Janet Lally with Service Dog “Tucker” and Scott & Laurie Mallary from Truckin4Troops joined the group at the tailgate.
My dad really enjoyed meeting and catching up with all the warriors. He also enjoyed meeting Scott & Laurie from Truckin4Troops. They were in town helping Sgt Mike Cain move, so they all stopped by to have some fun!
As always, the Ravens Posse’s hospitality was incredible & they treated each of the warriors like family. We cannot thank the entire posse enough for their continued support throughout the years. Special thanks to Brian, Chip & Ric, you guys are awesome!
Before heading over to the stadium, all the warriors signed the Ravens flag on Birdman’s Classic Ravens car & snapped a few pics.
Once they made their way to M&T stadium, the group met up with Army Sgt Adam Keys, Army Sgt Kevin Gatson and Marine Mike Wilson just outside the Media gate. My dad enjoyed catching up with Adam & Kevin. Both whom we have had the honor of hosting in the past. They are 2 inspiring brave men!
Lisa, from the Baltimore Ravens, met up with the group at the Media Gate & presented the warriors with special Ravens gift bags before escorting them down on the field to watch warmups from the sidelines!
The group really enjoyed the once in a lifetime experience on the sidelines!
Especially when Ravens Coach John Harbaugh stopped by to thank them for their service and sacrifices. Coach Harbaugh spent a few minutes hanging out with the guys before the game. It was awesome!
Then former Ravens receiver & future Hall of Famer, Steve Smith stopped by to show his appreciation!
And before heading up to their seats, one of the coaches stopped by to present SGT Keys with a game ball!
Overall, the guys got to spend over an hour on the field before the game! We cannot thank Lisa & the Ravens organization enough for their support over the years!
Eventually everyone made their way to their seats to watch the Ravens “kickoff” against the Dolphins.
They all had great views thanks to the Ravens & the Posse. Some guys sat in the front row, while some were in the 3rd row & we even had a few guys enjoying the game from the club level!
My dad spent a good portion of the game going from section to section making sure our guests in all 3 locations were having a good time & had everything they needed.
Everyone, except a few guys who were rooting for the Dolphins, enjoyed every minute of the game because the Ravens shutout the Dolphins 40-0!
Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank Chip, Brian & the entire Ravens Posse for once again providing amazing seats & and unforgettable tailgate experience, we want to thank Hollywood Casino for providing parking & New Era for providing Ravens Caps to the warriors.
We also want to send a special thank you to Lisa, Dick Cass, Coach Harbaugh & the entire Ravens organization for providing a couple of ADA seats for the warriors as well as amazing gift bags & for the priceless memories the warriors made on the field before the game. It truly was a special day because of you guys!
TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!
Most importantly, Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank Army Sgt Adam Keys, Army Spc Kevin Gatson, Army Ssg Daniel McCann, Army Spc Andrew Brown, Army Sgt Mike Cain, Army Medic Kevin Cordner, Marine Cpl Mike Wilson, Navy Corpsman Salman Jamal, Coast Guard Charles Baker & the family of Army Major Robert Marchanti for their services and sacrifices to our country! We Salute You!
My dad made his way back to the airport after the game to spend the night before catching a 6am flight Friday morning back home to Chicago. He will be back in action this Sunday making wishes come true at the Bills game in Buffalo! 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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