2014 Dinner & Auction

Live Auction & Dinner at Cafe Lurcat

Thursday, November 6, 2014


Food & Drinks Provided by:
D’Amico & Partners @ Cafe Lurcat

Cafe Lurcat

494 5th Ave South, Naples, FL

Speaker: Jason Braase

jason_braase“When I first arrived to the United States from Iraq, I had nothing – not even a toothbrush,” says Jason Braase. “That’s when Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) first came into my life in the form of a backpack. I wore out everything in it and rocked that backpack on my
wheelchair with pride.”

It was June 2005, and Jason had been escorting Explosive Ordnance Disposal early one morning. During security operations, an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in front of his Hummer. Shrapnel blew through his right leg just below the knee.

“The doctors replaced the damaged arteries and pieced together what was left of my tibia back into the knee joint. Plastic surgeons detached half of my calf muscle to cover the wound with soft tissue before performing a skin graft to seal the injury.”

His recovery took Jason on a seven-year journey that included 13 surgeries.

Before each surgery, there was always doubt as to the outcome. “You may lose your leg,” doctors told him prior to several procedures. But he didn’t. “You may never walk again,” he was later told. But he did. “You’ll never be able to straighten your leg,” he was warned. But today he has 95 percent mobility.

“The support I received brought me from the brink of suicide to almost complete recovery. I can now walk, run, and ride a bike with little pain.”

Today, Jason lives an active lifestyle and is an inspiration to many who follow in his footsteps.

“WWP support is directly improving lives by providing exactly what our warriors and their caregivers need. For me, I needed a purpose. I want to be there for warriors just like they have been there for me and being a Peer Mentor has given me that opportunity.”

barryNewmanEntertainment Provided by:
Barry Newman

Formerly with “The Crests”, an Entertainer and Showman, who has been in Show Business for over thirty years!

Member of the 173rd AB Brigade 2nd Battalion
Charley Company 3rd Platoon 4th squad. 67′ & 68′
Headquartered at Bien Hoa. Sent to Dak To 67′

View Barry Newman playing with the Lords of Cool

A portion of the Live & Silent Auction Items are:

  • 2 nights in the Florida Keys at the Premier Keys Resort – Little Palm Island
  • 5 nights in the Napa Valley of San Francisco
  • Shootout Package from Franklin Templeton
  • WWP Soldier Ride Package for Two