The Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation officially announced their 2011 Weekend of Events theme and support of the Wounded Warrior Project on January 28, 2011.
Former Bills All-Pro guard and Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure, was also on hand to announce his personal support for the Wounded Warrior Project. In August, "Joe D" will climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa in an effort to help raise funds and awareness of the Wounded Warrior Project.
"Every year, the Bills Alumni selects a major recipient from the funds that we raise from our annual Weekend of Events," said Booker Edgerson, Bills Wall of Famer and Bills Alumni president. "We understand the difficulty that these American servicemen and servicewomen have when they return home from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and we want to do our part to demonstrate to these heroes how much we value and support what they have done for us and our country."
The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors. Its purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of severely injured service members, to help severely injured men and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.
Buffalo Bills Alumni attending the announcement included Booker Edgerson, Charley Ferguson, Ed Rutkowski, Lou Piccone, Bob Dugan, Will Fowler, Hilton Crawford, Carl Byrum, Marlo Perry, Ernie Warlick, Jeff Nixon and Joe DeLamielleure.
Jan Whitaker, Cape Ability Outrigger Ohana president, and her company are responsible for coordinating efforts with the Wounded Warrior Project locally.
"The Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation has been so very supportive of our organization over these past few years and we are delighted that they have selected the Wounded Warrior Project as the major recipient of their 2011 Weekend of Events," said Whitaker.
The Buffalo Bills Alumni Foundation was founded in 1999 and is comprised of past Bills players that have left an imprint on society during their football careers and want to continue molding society in a positive manner. Not only have they changed the game, but they have touched and shaped Buffalo as we know it today.
For more information regarding the Bills Alumni Foundation, visit buffalobillsalumni.com.
To learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.