2018 Annual Wounded Warrior Project Gala

New York | United States

The 2018 Annual Wounded Warrior Project Gala was the night of warriors at the Gotham Hall of New York City. Few are those people who are ready to sacrifice themselves for their nation.  To honor such bravery an evening was organized at Gotham Hall where warriors and supporters were honored at the Wounded Warrior Project  (WWP) Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner. This annual gala recognized the service and dedication of those who live by the WWP’s code and inspires others to do more for our nation’s wounded warriors.

 

Three prestigious awards were given out during the 2018 Annual Wounded Warrior Project Gala to acknowledge the incomparable efforts of those who have gone above and beyond supporting the need of warriors. Marine Corps veteran Andrew Coughlan received the Courage Award, which is given to a warrior, family member, or caregiver who embodies the WWP core values of service, integrity, and loyalty. Longtime WWP partner USAA® received the Empowerment Award for their commitment to going above and beyond supporting the needs of the returning warriors. And Tom Cocchiarella of St. Paul, Minnesota received the Service Award for his continuous efforts at the local level to rally supporters for WWP.

Melissa Joan Hart presents the Service Award to Tom Cocchiarella at the 2018 Annual Wounded Warrior Project Gala
Melissa Joan Hart presents the Service Award to Tom Cocchiarella

WWP CEO Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Linnington commented:

“It’s an honor and a privilege to recognize Andrew Coughlan, Tom Cocchiarella, and USAA for their tireless support and advocacy on behalf of the warriors we serve. Their efforts this year and throughout the years have empowered warriors and provided us the resources we need to continue providing life-changing programs and services at no cost to the warriors and family members.”

Anson Mount presents the Empowerment Award to USAA CEO Stuart Parker at the 2018 Annual Wounded Warrior Project Gala
Anson Mount presents the Empowerment Award to USAA CEO Stuart Parker
Dolph Ziggler, Ashley Coughlin, Andrew Coughlin and Mike Linnington attend the 2018 Annual Wounded Warrior Project Gala
Dolph Ziggler, Ashley Coughlin, Andrew Coughlin and Mike Linnington

The glamorous evening undoubtedly made everybody proud and to make the event more blissful there was country music artist Trace Adkins, who put on a special performance for attendees and Brian Kilmeade of Fox & Friends, who hosted the gala. Thomas Gibson, Anson Mount, Melissa Joan Hart, Dolph Ziggler, Luke Pell, Pryor Baird, and Justin Melnick also took time to show their support for the warriors, families, and caregivers WWP serves.

Justin Melnick and Dita The Dog attend the 2018 Annual Wounded Warrior Project Gala
Justin Melnick and Dita The Dog on the red carpet
Dita The Dog posing on the red carpet at the 2018 Annual Wounded Warrior Project Gala
Dita The Dog posing on the red carpet
Thomas Gibson attend the 2018 Annual Wounded Warrior Project Gala
Thomas Gibson
Dolph Ziggler and Lisa Lee attend the 2018 Annual Wounded Warrior Project Gala
Dolph Ziggler and Lisa Lee
Anson Mount and guest attend the 2018 Annual Wounded Warrior Project Gala
Anson Mount and guest
Dolph Ziggler presents the courage award to Andrew Coughlin at the 2018 Annual Wounded Warrior Project Gala
Dolph Ziggler presents the courage award to Andrew Coughlin
Luke Pell attends the 2018 Annual Wounded Warrior Project Gala
Luke Pell
Lisa Crutch speaking onstage at the 2018 Annual Wounded Warrior Project Gala
Lisa Crutch speaking onstage
Dolph Ziggler attends the 2018 Annual Wounded Warrior Project Gala
Dolph Ziggler

Those who were unable to attend the evening did not miss a chance to participate. Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh sent a surprise video to Andrew, a lifelong Michigan football fan, expressing his gratitude for his service. Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan also sent a video encouraging the public to support the WWP mission.

Dolph Ziggler, Ashley Coughlin, Andrew Coughlin and Mike Linnington attend the 2018 Annual Wounded Warrior Project Gala
Dolph Ziggler, Ashley Coughlin, Andrew Coughlin and Mike Linnington

Since 2003, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has been meeting the growing needs of warriors, their families, and caregivers – helping them achieve their highest ambition. To learn more about this worthy cause and to get involved click here.

Images courtesy of Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Wounded Warrior Project

Ruhi Raj

Feature Writer

Originally from the Jharkhand district in India, Ruhi Raj worked in engineering in Jammu and Kashmir and shortly after opted for journalism. She completed her PG Diploma in Hindi journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) in New Delhi. Ruhi currently serves as a Feature Writer at Salon Prive Magazine

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