JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 10th annual Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner® presented by First Data Corporation and the Joe Plumeri Foundation, with the generous support of USAA, opens up the online auction for the public to start bidding.
Visit the online auction to register and start bidding today at http://www.501auctions.com/wwpcourageawardsauction.
The auction will close on May 28, 2015 at 9:30 p.m. EST.
Proceeds from the auction will help fuel the more than 20 free WWP programs, which are uniquely designed to help injured service members feel empowered to live life independently. The programs focus on economic empowerment, physical health and wellness, mental health, and peer mentoring which allows engagement with other injured service members, so they know they are not battling their issues alone.
"Opening the online action to the public allows everyone the ability to participate in this event and give back to our nation's veterans," stated Steve Nardizzi, chief executive officer, WWP. "We would not be able to honor and empower Wounded Warriors without the generosity of our supporters."
Some of the auction items available are as follows:
Counting Cars – "The Patriot" and "The American Bomber" - Danny "The Count" Koker and the Count's Kustoms team generously donated two hand-painted pieces of a 1941 Willys two-door coupe to WWP. These custom-made fiberglass bodies have been cut in half and mounted on a custom steel frame with chrome Cragar wheels and tires.
NYC Waldorf Experience - You and nine (9) guests will receive a private tour of the Waldorf's kitchen, followed by an exquisite private dinner in the Waldorf's own culinary Herb Garden.
The Yankees 'Core Four" - The "Core Four" painting is the former Yankees baseball players Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera.
Autographed Oscar De La Hoya Boxing Glove – An Everlast boxing glove signed by retired boxer, Oscar De La Hoya, nicknamed "The Golden Boy."
The Masters - You and a guest will arrive on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, check into a private home in Aiken, South Carolina, and play a round of golf at a local course. The package also includes dinner at the Host Party, two (2) badges to attend The Masters, with access to Club Magnolia Hospitality.
Viva La Mexico - A one (1) week stay at Casa Bella Vista, in a private, furnished two (2) bedroom condominium with a 180-degree view of the ocean in Riviera Maya, Mexico; includes two (2) round-trip flights.
About Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP's purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.
About First Data
First Data is the global leader in payment technology and services solutions. With 23,000 owner-associates and operations in 34 countries, the company provides secure and innovative payment technology and services to more than six million merchants and financial institutions around the world, from small businesses to the world's largest corporations. Today, businesses in nearly 70 countries trust First Data to secure and process over 2,000 financial transactions per second. First Data's unparalleled infrastructure and partnerships go "beyond the transaction" with next-generation point-of-sale technology fueled by powerful analytics to detect fraud, gain insights into consumer spending, and strengthen customer loyalty. All day, every day, First Data helps its clients thrive in the evolving world of commerce.
SOURCE Wounded Warrior Project