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Wings For Warriors Gala Helps Support Heroes

November 6th, 2018 | by SanTan Sun News
Wings For Warriors Gala Helps Support Heroes
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SANTAN SUN NEWS STAFF

Wings for Warriors, an Ahwatukee-based nonprofit organization that provides travel for families of veterans as well as benefits and resource counseling, will hold its third annual fundraising gala and auction on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the 4 Points Sheraton in Ahwatukee.

The organization hopes to raise more than $50,000 at the event, which will feature dinner, entertainment and a silent auction, as well as a live auction conducted by notable auctioneer Bobby D. Ehlert.

Tickets for the event are $125 per person and include a hosted cocktail hour, dinner, live and silent auctions and entertainment. Leadership expert Dr. Will Moreland, also of Ahwatukee, will give the keynote address at the event.

Wings for Warriors founder Anthony “Doc” Ameen of Ahwatukee said that while the organization raises money all year long, this event is the primary fundraising source for the group.

“This will be the third year we’ve done this event, and we’re hoping it will be the biggest ever,” said Ameen, who served as a Hospital Corpsman in the U.S. Navy from 2002-10. “We’ve raised close to $65,000 over the past two years, and we believe this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever and surpass our last two events… It takes a lot of money to provide the level and diversity of support services that we do. And to make that all happen, we need the support of our communities.”

Wings for Warriors provides services in guidance and counseling; travel for families to visit wounded loved ones in military hospitals or rehabilitation facilities; public awareness; and the Home Rewards program, which provides mortgage assistance to veterans.

Wings for Warriors has partnered with Home Bridge Financial Services to provide incentives for veterans including up to $500 cash back if they finance through Home Bridge. If they do, Home Bridge also makes a $250 donation to Wings for Warriors.

In addition, if the veteran chooses a W4W Preferred Realtor Partner to help with the transaction, they will receive up to $1,250 cash back, and a donation of between $100 and $1,250 will be made to W4W based on the purchase price.

According to W4W board member Christie Ellis, an Ahwatukee-based Realtor and head of the Christie Ellis Team at United Brokers Group, the real estate community is rallying behind the cause of helping these deserving veterans and their families.

“Wings for Warriors has really struck a chord with the real estate industry here in the East Valley,” Ellis said. “It’s such a great cause and what they are doing helps people when they need it the absolute most – when a loved one is wounded, far away from family and loved ones, and in pain. Being a part of an organization that helps bring the families of these heroes together at their time of greatest need is tremendously satisfying.”

Ellis said that the Preferred Realtor Partner and Home Bridge Financial Services incentive programs will see their official launch at the gala.

“Realtors are a very giving group of people,” she said. “When you give us a cause like this and a partner like Home Bridge with whom we can work, that’s a combination that will produce great results for Wings for Warriors and our clients.”

For more information about the event, or to purchase tickets, contact Christie Ellis of United Brokers Group at 480-201-3575. To learn more about Wings for Warriors: wingsforwarriors.org or 888-598-4434 or Home Bridge Financial Services at 888-399-1880. Realtors interested in becoming a Preferred Realtor Partner can go to wingsforwarriors.org/home-rewards-program.

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