5pm - 9pm
5pm - 9pm
2018 FUNDRAISER - DINNER
An evening of encouragement, great food and friendship supporting Charity on Wheels' outreach efforts to the homeless community.
LIFT-UP those who cannot lift themselves.
HELP-UP those who just need a hand.
RAISE-UP those who are on their way!
SEATING IS LIMITED! Tickets are $50.00 each and must be purchased before September 15th. Please use the drop down menu to purchase multiple tickets. Once your ticket order has been placed you will receive an email confirmation and instructions.
SEATING IS LIMITED! Tables (10 seats) are $750.00 each and must be purchased before September 15th. Please use the drop down menu to purchase multiple tables. Once your table order has been placed you will receive an email confirmation and instructions.
Raffle tickets are $20.00 each may be pre-ordered through Paypal or purchased at the event. Your Raffle Tickets will be provided at check-in on the day of the event. Raffle items can be reviewed HERE
John Collett - Sergeant First Class - US Army Ranger, Retired
Battle of Mogadishu - "Black Hawk Down"
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class John Collett did not just see the movie "Black Hawk Down", he lived it. Collett served as technical consultant and stuntman for actor Ewan McGregor on the motion picture about the 1993 18-hour nightmarish battle in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Collet was in a group made up of the Army’s elite Delta Force and troops from the 75th Ranger Regiment. He carried an M-249 machine gun known as a squad automatic weapon.
After rappelling one of the Black Hawk helicopters, Collett and his unit took up a blocking position near the Olympic Hotel hotel while members of Delta Force entered the building looking for their target subjects.
“When we were on the ground, it was just watch out for your buddy and you,” said the Orange County, Calif., native. “My next-biggest concern was getting shot in the back.”
The complexion of the mission changed when one of the helicopters was shot down.
From his position on the street, Collett saw a rocket-propelled grenade bring down the first Black Hawk helicopter. It was one of two helicopters downed during the battle.
“I heard the explosion and we looked up,” Collett said. “We saw the bird spinning, and then, ‘Bam,’ that was it,” Collett said. “You knew the whole mission had changed then … You didn’t even have to come over the radio to know we were going to move to secure that crash site.”
Collett hopes sharing his experience will give people “a better idea of what the American soldier on the ground is going through". "War is costly" says Collett and Veterans returning from battle must deal with a number of issues including PTSD. Many end up homeless or worse. The suicide rate among Veterans is more than twice the national average and Veterans are 50% more likely to become homeless than other Americans due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions in overcrowded or substandard housing. Research shows that the greatest risk factors for homelessness are lack of support and social isolation after discharge.
Homeless veterans tend to experience homelessness longer than their non-veteran peers: Veterans spend an average of nearly six years homeless, compared to four years reported among non-veterans.
Leonard Russell - NFL Rookie of the Year (91')
New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers
Leonard James Russell is a former professional American football player who was selected by the New England Patriots in the 1st round (14th overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft. A 6'2", 235-lb. running back from Arizona State University, Russell played in 6 NFL seasons from 1991 to 1996 for the Patriots, the Denver Broncos, the St. Louis Rams, and the San Diego Chargers. Leonard was named NFL rookie of the year in 1991.
Russell has served at Charity on Wheels’ Wednesday night gathering on a number of occasions, even sharing his testimony. Keeping a diverse audience made up of homeless and volunteers absolutely riveted.
1993 NFL Jerome Bettis Los Angeles Rams
1992 NFL Carl Pickens Cincinnati Bengals
1991 NFL Leonard Russell New England Patriots
1990 NFL Emmitt Smith Dallas Cowboys
1989 NFL Barry Sanders Detroit Lions