Locals Carve Out Holiday Cheer For Wounded Warriors

Carters-KC-Laurel-NWWCSanta might have given his reindeer the rest of the year off by the time Bob and Mary Carter made their way up to Mammoth Lakes from Bishop on Christmas Day, but those two little helpers, had one last Christmas gift to deliver. On Dec. 25, Carters made their way up to Mammoth Mountain Ski Area to make a donation to Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra’s newest endeavor, the National Wounded Warrior Center.

The Carters dropped off a check for $1,700 from the sales of special hand-carved reindeer. Bob and Mary carved several dozen of the wooden pieces from birch, and fashioned them in different sizes. All told, holiday shoppers snapped up all several dozen of the pieces as a great gift idea, a unique addition to their home holiday motifs or simply a way to support the NWWC effort.

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The National Wounded Warrior Center facility will empower wounded, ill and injured servicemen and women by facilitating their transition into fulfilling civilian lives through a mix of education, rehabilitation, and health and wellness programs.

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“We are thrilled to get this support,” Kathy Copeland said. “Unsolicited donations are like manna from heaven! It’s great to know there are these special people out there in the world!”

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A Party With A Purpose – National Wounded Warrior Center

photo 1What better way to ring in the New Year than raising money for such a wonderful cause?

Myself [Kathy Copeland] and Angela Evans traveled from Mammoth Lakes to Ventura County joining Dr. Jeffery Nordella and friends for a Casino Royale New Year’s Eve fundraiser for The National Wounded Warrior Center. It was an extraordinary event in a fabulously decorated room that was well attended!

Approximately 350 people turned out for the black tie event at the West Lake Village Hyatt in Southern California for a night of gambling and dancing. And the party raised over $11,000 that Dr. Nordella graciously donated to the National Wounded Warrior Center in honor of our nation’s heroes.

Dr. Nordella“There’s a gap in the level of care the Wounded Warriors need and the level of care they are receiving. That’s why I have to applaud people like Kathy Copeland” Dr. Nordella explained. Nordella knows first hand the importance of quality care for our veterans. In 2005, an ex-Air Force Captain broke into his home in Ventura County, killing Nordella’s wife and later committing suicide.

“I’m angry at the system for discharging him from the system and not getting him the care he needs or at least identifying it,” he said.

Dr. Nordella amazes me. Given his family’s experience, he still hosted this event for the veterans, which just made everything so special.

“We have to step in where the government is not. These are people who have served us and taken care of us and it’s time to take care of them. The government isn’t doing it, but people like Kathy are. She’s privatizing this system to do the right thing for the people,” adds Dr. Nordella.

Nordella first heard of The National Wounded Warrior Center through friends of his daughter— Ken and Jenn Roberts. Ken Roberts is a reserve officer for the National Guard and a Firefighter for Ventura County. Ken and Jenn have become an integral part of Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra’s week-long Wounded Warrior programs.

“I was looking for a charity to have the party and donate to,” Nordella said. “As I looked at a few organizations for veterans, but some of them don’t give as much to the actual people, financially, as I feel they should. And the NWWC does.”

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Great DSES supporters and parents of Erica Heim who is a veterinarian and a DSES student who had her arm and shoulder amputated because of cancer.

IMG_4839Thanks Dr. Nordella for putting on a fabulous event that was still raging when we went to bed at 1 am! Not only did I meet A TON of great people, I even learned how to play craps! And thank you to DSES volunteers, parents and students who joined in the fun. I’m really looking forward to doing it again next year!

If you did not get an opportunity to donate at the event you can make your donation here. We and your Wounded Warriors appreciate each and every donation no matter the size.

Kathy Copeland ©2015
Executive Director
National Wounded Warrior Center
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Phone: 760.934.0791
Email: kcopeland@disabledsportseasternsierra.org

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Help us raise $23 million to complete the National Wounded Warrior Center. $23 million will enable us to fund and sustain the National Wounded Warrior Center for twenty years. Our Wounded Warriors are the deserving heroes motivating and inspiring this project, but…we can’t do it without you! Your gift will help empower wounded, ill and injured servicemen and women, by facilitating their transition into fulfilling civilian lives through education, rehabilitation, health and wellness. Donations for the National Wounded Warrior Center are critical to its success. Please consider making a donation here.