Highly decorated, former Navy Seal Robert O’Neill returns as keynote speaker
LIVONIA, March 2, 2015 – The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund (FWSF), a Michigan-based nonprofit, will host its 10th Annual Anniversary Gala and Fundraiser in MGM Grand Detroit’s Grand Ballroom on Sat. April 25, 2015 at 5 p.m.
Robert O’Neill, a former member of Navy SEAL Team 6 and one of the most highly decorated combat veterans of our time, will serve once again as keynote speaker.   
Returning troops often face delays in getting assistance from the government and the FWSF is dedicated to assisting injured Michigan soldiers and providing support to their families, as well as families of fallen soldiers. The FWSF is able to quickly help families with everything from living expenses to foreclosure assistance and home mortgage modifications.
“The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund was created with the goal of giving back to the troops that have done so much for all of us,” said Chris Cornelius, co-founder of FWSF.  “To consistently see so many Michigan residents and companies support this cause year after year has been amazing. Knowing that together we are helping make life a little bit easier for the brave men and women who have risked so much for our country is a truly gratifying experience.”
An all-volunteer organization, approximately 95 percent of all the funds raised by FWSF has been spent on soldiers and families. Last year more than $535,000 went to assist Michigan soldiers and families. Since its inception in 2006, the organization has raised more than $3,000,000. 
The gala will include entertainment, a silent auction and wounded Michigan soldiers and their families will share their inspirational stories. Guests will be presented with detailed information on how donations to FWSF have made a positive impact on Michigan’s military families, from paying soldiers’ medical bills to funding travel expenses for families to visit their recovering loved ones at Walter Reed Hospital in D.C.
For 2015, the event moves to MGM Grand Detroit located at 1777 3rd St, Detroit, MI 48226. Tickets for the event are available now for $150 per person and include the silent auction, dinner and open bar. Table sponsorships are also available starting at $1,500. Please keep in mind that tickets and auction items are partially tax-deductible, and organizers of the event are still accepting sponsorships and auction items.
For more information, or to purchase your tickets contact Lynne Minish 248.703.5709 or lynneminish@fwsf.org or online at: http://fwsf2015.eventzilla.net/.  For corporate sponsorship contact Chris Cornelius at (734) 718-5217 or fwsf1@aol.com.


About Robert O’Neill?- O’Neill was part of Operation Neptune Spear. He was deployed more than a dozen times and he held combat leadership roles in more than 400 combat missions in four different theaters of war. He has been decorated more than 52 times with honors, including: two Silver Stars; four Bronze Stars with Valor; a Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor; three Presidential Unit citations; and a Navy Commendation Medal with Valor. Silver Stars are the military’s third highest honor, Bronze Stars are the forth highest combat award of the U.S. Armed Forces and the ninth highest military award overall. Joint Service Commendation Medals are given for senior service on joint military staff.
About FWSF- Established in 2006, the Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund (FWSF) is a Livonia, Mich- based nonprofit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to helping Michigan veterans (and their families) who return from the Iraq?and Afghanistan campaigns and find themselves in need of financial support and assistance related to a variety?of areas, from medical expenses to housing costs.  FWSF volunteers are a diverse collection of concerned people from Michigan’s business and private sectors. For more information, please visit www.fwsf.org.


Media Contacts:   
David Stoyka
Marx Layne & Co.
(248) 855-6777
FWSF Contact:
Todd Waller
The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund
(734) 564-7465