Wounded Warrior Project Announces GEICO as Title Sponsor for the Eighth Annual Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner

Limited event tickets and table sponsorships are still available

Jacksonville, FL  (Profitable.com)  Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is pleased to announce GEICO as the title sponsor for their eighth annual Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner. This year’s event will be held Thursday, May 30, 2013 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. Individuals and corporations who want to attend and demonstrate their support for this generation of wounded veterans can visit wwpcourageawards.org for more information.

Three special honors will be awarded during the evening:

  • The Talkhouse Award for Community Service is given to honor an individual whose efforts personify patriotism, demonstrates compassion, and has helped further the mission of WWP in support of the brave men and women who have sacrificed for our freedom. This year’s award will be presented to Tough Mudder for their continued efforts to help support warriors participating through their military inspired events.
  • The Tony Snow Award is being presented to Bob Vecchione, Executive Director, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). This award is designed to recognize a citizen in corporate America, the media, or the public eye who, by their actions, has made a significant difference in the lives of injured servicemen and women – and who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to WWP and its mission.
  • The George C. Lang Award for Courage was founded in memory of George C. Lang, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and friend of WWP. George passed away on March 16, 2005. The recipient of this award will be announced the night of the event.

“GEICO’s deep military roots date back to the 1930s and in order help this current generation and future generations of military members and their families it’s important for us to be involved in events like the Courage Awards,” said Rynthia Rost, vice president, GEICO. “Events like this help WWP bring to the forefront issues affecting today’s military members and provides them with the tools necessary to offer much-needed assistance.”

“Holding the Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner in May is one way we celebrate Military Appreciation Month,” said Steve Nardizzi, executive director, Wounded Warrior Project. “Organizations like GEICO have demonstrated unwaivering support for WWP and our nation’s military and we are honored to have them as our title sponsor.”

The funds raised by the Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner will help WWP provide much needed support for our nation’s injured service members with programs like adaptive sporting opportunities, benefits counseling, and education and employment services, among others. WWP empowers Wounded Warriors with the tools essential to not only survive their injuries but to thrive and achieve personal and professional success.

The Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner presented by GEICO will once again feature a silent auction with unique travel packages as well as collectibles. One package features a trip to the Cayman Islands and full day fishing trip with famous artist and sportsman Guy Harvey. The online auction will be open to the public and can be accessed via the event website wwpcourageawards.org, beginning 8 a.m. EST May 14, 2013 with bids closing at 11:59 p.m. EST May 29, 2013. Proceeds from the auctions will go to WWP assisting with programs and services to benefit wounded service members.


GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the third-largest private passenger auto insurer in the United States. GEICO handles auto insurance coverage for 11 million private passenger auto policies and insures more than 17.5 million vehicles. GEICO is a strong supporter of American military troops during peace time as well as war time. It’s a special focus for GEICO that goes back to 1936 when the company was founded to serve enlisted service members along with other federal employees. GEICO is rated A++ for financial strength by A.M. Best Company and ranks at the top of several national customer satisfaction surveys. For more information, go to www.geico.com.

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.