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Warrior Wishes Come True at The Tigers Game!

After the Reds rolled out the “Red Carpet” for the warriors in Cincinnati, My Dad & Bill jumped in the car for a “quick” 5 hour drive and made a couple stops along the way.  First, they stopped in Dayton, Ohio to actually get some sleep in a hotel, yes I said a hotel!  Their 2nd pit stop was in Ypsilanti for lunch at Haab’s.  Eventually my dad and Bill arrived in Detroit for Day 2 of this 11 Day Battlefields to Ballfields journey.


The Birmingham Michigan company, Belfor, and it’s CEO Sheldon Yellen, provided 4 tickets to tonight’s Tigers game to make Warrior Wishes come true for a few Vietnam and Desert Storm veterans. 


Before the game Hockeytown Cafe once again provided pre game meals for the Warriors. Hockeytown cafe is the best place to go before an after any sporting event in Detroit.  They have been helping us make Warrior Wishes come true since 2013!  


Desert Storm veterans Earl McGlory, Steve Suber, and Army Vietnam Veteran Dennis Leppek  were our honored guests for the evening.  Dennis runs a program called Vet To Vet in Detroit. Earl and Steve are 2 of the many veterans Dennis mentors and it was an honor to host them at the Tigers game.


Belfor provided incredible seats 7 rows behind dugout.  They were amazing! The Phillies and Tigers looked like they were playing in a home run derby early on as the Phillies blasted 2 solo shots & Miguel Cabrera hit one for the Tigers to cut their lead in half.  The Tigers pushed across 3 runs in the bottom of the 5th to take a 4-3 lead.  Both teams added another run but Tigers gave the warriors plenty to cheer about with their 5-4 victory to get to the .500 mark on the season. 


We want to thank Hockeytown Cafe for their continued support & the PreGame Meal , Belfor Corporation for providing some of the best seats in the house, New Era for providing new Tigers Caps for the warriors and to Bill Heaton ,our friend and newest board member, for providing transportation to Cincinnati and Detroit to help us make Warrior Wishes come true!

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And As always , the biggest Thank You goes to Dennis Leppek, Earl McGlory and Steve Suber for their service & sacrifices to our country!!!

My Dad is currently on overnight bus to Pittsburgh to Make warrior wishes come true at the Pirates game tomorrow.  If you live in Pittsburgh, you may see him catching some ZZZ’z on the yellow bridge before the game…  Stay tuned for details.  


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Warrior Wishes Come True Thanks To The Detroit Tigers!

After a week long break my dad was back on the bus and heading north to Detroit.  


The bus arrived in The Motor City around 2am.  It  was too late to get a hotel, but my dad needed to kill a few hours & get some sleep before meeting up with the Warriors. He ended up walking a few blocks from the bus station to the Casino, which is open 24 hours.

He won 10 straight $2 hands of black jack before making his way into a booth at the closed restaurant in the casino to catch some ZZZ’s


As the sun was rising my dad walked 4 blocks to Whole Foods to meet the Warriors for breakfast.

Today we had the honor of making Warrior Wishes come true for Army Warriors Dennis Leppek, Earl McGlory, Will Gambill, Larry Turner & Eric Lund.  As Well as Navy Warrios Sharelle Owens, Michael Thiel & Marine Marcellus Darling. Thanks to the Detroit Tigers.  


My dad enjoyed catching up with old friends & a few new ones at breakfast thanks to Whole Foods before the game. One of his favorite parts of the warrior wishes experiences is getting to watch the Warriors pick out their new New Era Caps. New era has been providing caps for the Warriors since we began our mission in 2012, it’s a partnership we are very thankful for!


After breakfast the crew walked 6 blocks to Comerica field, home of the Detroit Tigers.  

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Once inside the stadium, everyone made their way down to the front row behind the dugout to watch batting practice.  

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Thanks to the Tigers, the Warriors got to enjoy a fun day of baseball from the left field bleachers.  

Trailing by 3 in the bottom of the 8th inning Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera stepped to the plate with the bases loaded & attempted to take the lead with one swing.  Unfortunately, he popped out to end the inning & the Tigers fell short losing 6-3 to the Indians.

Despite the loss, the Warriors all had a great time at the game, but our day wasn’t over.  Our friends at Hockeytown Cafe had post game pizzas waiting for us after the game.  


Hockeytown Cafe is the premier pub in Downtown Detroit.  Located walking distance from both Ford field & Comerica park, Hockeytown cafe is a must do before or after a game.  The high energy sports themed establishment is packed with big screen tv’s and memorabilia.  To top it off, their food is delicious!  Make sure to stop by next time you’re in town.

While the Warriors continued to hang out after the game & eat pizza, my dad said his goodbyes & thanked them all for their service before heading back to the bus station to come back home.  

We would like to thank Whole Foods Market Detroit for providing a delicious pre game meal, the Detroit Tigers for providing tickets for the Warriors, New Era Cap for outfitting the Warriors with new Tigers Caps & Hockeytown Cafe for post game pizzas!

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My dad will be back home for about a week to network with contacts at the NFL draft in Chicago for our upcoming “All32in17” mission.  Then he will be back on the road May 3rd to make warrior wishes come true in Kansas City, St. Louis, Houston & Dallas.

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