Celebrity Supporters Step Up For Wounded Warrior Project® First Annual Carry Forward Awards™

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Many nominated, over 12,000 people voted, and the panel of judges decided: Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) is honored to highlight the efforts of five inspirational individuals who truly are making a difference in the lives of our nation’s wounded warriors at the inaugural Carry Forward Awards. The winners include rock star Rick Allen, a fallen Navy Seal, a young cadet who began fundraising at age 16, a caregiver dad and a Vietnam veteran. An all-star line up of celebrity talent has signed on to support WWP and help honor the award recipients. The special guests will serve as event hosts, provide musical entertainment, and create an inspired menu for the west coast award and fundraising event to be held on Sunday evening, October 21, 2012 at the City National Grove in Anaheim, California. A social media lounge will be available on-site for guests to provide live updates and feedback throughout the evening.

Celebrity talent includes:

  • Samantha Harris and Dean Cain will be co-hosts of the evening’s program. Samantha is best known for her eight seasons co-hosting "Dancing With The Stars" and corresponding on the number one entertainment news format, "Entertainment Tonight." She was last seen co-hosting NBC's "STARS EARN STRIPES." Twitter: @SamanthaHarris. Also appearing on “STARS EARN STRIPES”, Dean Cain competed on behalf of Wounded Warrior Project. He is best known for his starring role as Superman/Clark Kent on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and is getting ready to star in VH1’s series "BOUNCE". Twitter: @RealDeanCain.
  • Voted 2010 Peoples Choice "The Worlds Best Innovative Dj/Drummer”, DJ Ravidrums originates a hip, epic musical movement and invented the simultaneous process of live drum playing and live remixing. Twitter: @DJ Ravidrums. Also performing at the event will be Faircraft/Universal Republic recording artist Chris Mann, one of the stars of the hit NBC television series, “The Voice,” who will sing the National Anthem. His major label debut ROADS arrives October 30, 2012. Twitter: @IAmChrisMann.
  • Singer-songwriter John Ondrasik (On-Draw-Sick) has spent the past decade writing deeply personal songs that include social messages, invoke the human spirit, and make an emotional connection. With the past six albums by Five For Fighting, the name under which he records and performs, Ondrasik has seen multitudes of successes. Five For Fighting's breakthrough came in 2001 with the Grammy-nominated song “Superman,” and his performance at The Concert for New York. “Superman” became an anthem for the nation following the terrorist attacks of 9-11. Ondrasik proceeded to become part of the American songbook with the hits “100 Years,” "World," and "Chances." He has also been deeply involved in a variety of philanthropic causes including the support of our troops. Along with numerous USO concerts, his CD for the Troops project has distributed over a million free CD's to servicemen and their families around the world. Twitter: @johnondrasik.
  • Lorena Garcia, chef behind Taco Bell’s Cantina menu, star of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, restaurateur and cookbook author will create and supervise development of the evening’s menu. Twitter: @lorenagarcia.

The Carry Forward Awards honor individuals who have gone above and beyond to further Wounded Warrior Project’s mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. The winners were selected based on a number of criteria including the magnitude of their efforts, how many people were impacted, leadership qualities displayed in accomplishing their goals, the number of areas in which their efforts assisted Wounded Warriors and a public vote. Their stories can be found at

Carry Forward Awards Winner's Stories. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are still available and additional information can be found at the Carry Forward Awards website. Funds raised at the event will fuel WWP’s 18 programs and build awareness of the needs of injured service members.

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.

Carry Forward Awards
Laurie Baker, 917-855-0970
Executive Producer

Source: Wounded Warrior Project