Wounded Warrior Outdoors held “Cocktails for a Cause”, their annual fundraising event at the University Club of Orlando on Thursday, February 23, 2012. This auction had over $80,000 worth of donated items in the silent auction. The money raised from this event goes directly towards planning and hosting therapeutic outdoor adventures for wounded warriors in 2012. The organization is planning on hosting 55 injured, but active duty service men and women for nine different outdoors adventures this year ranging from fishing in Florida to bear hunting in New Brunswick, Canada. The first fishing excursion is scheduled for March in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
2011 was a busy year for this extremely worthwhile non-profit organization. Wounded Warrior Outdoors was featured in 9 national magazines, 4 newspapers, including the Orlando Sentinel, and was featured on “Turkey Call Show” on the Pursuit Channel in early February. The episode showcased the April, 2011 turkey shoot excursion in conjuncture with the National Wild Turkey Foundation. Wounded Warrior Outdoors was also chosen as “Charity of the Year” by the International Door Association at their 2011 convention. Wounded Warrior Outdoors hosted 42 wounded warriors on 8 different trips in the past year.
Wounded Warrior Outdoors works with the nurses and doctors at 2 military hospitals: Balboa Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The staff recommends wounded soldiers to take part in the therapeutic outdoor adventures to help with their rehabilitation. The trips are all-inclusive (including travel, lodging, meals and equipment). There is no cost for the attendees, their families or the government. The organization relies on donations to pay for the trips. The entire staff is made up of volunteers that do not get paid for their time with the wounded warriors. Any money that is raised for the organization goes right back into planning for and participating in future events. Corporate and personal donations are accepted here . You can also support the group via their Facebook page.
The founder of Wounded Warrior Outdoors, Ron Raboud, is the founder of The Rabco Corporation , which is an industry leader in self-storage metal building solutions. Inside Self Storage and Self Storage Association are both sponsors of Wounded Warrior Outdoors. These organizations founded “One for the Troops” fundraising program at certain self-storage facilities across the country. Stop N Stor is a proud sponsor of Wounded Warrior Outdoors. Stop by a Stop N Stor location to see how you can help support this great cause for our heroes!