Hero of Benghazi Attack, former Ranger Kris “Tanto” Paronto serves as keynote speaker
LIVONIA, March 23, 2016 – The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund (FWSF), a Michigan-based nonprofit, will host its 11th Annual Anniversary Gala and Fundraiser in MGM Grand Detroit’s Grand Ballroom on Sat. April 23, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Paronto, a former Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and a private security contractor involved in security operations in hostile environments for over 15 years, is the keynote speaker. Paronto is best known for his role on the CIA annex security team that responded to the terrorist attack on a U.S. special mission in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012. The team helped save more than 20 lives while fighting off terrorists from the CIA annex for 13 hours.
The gala will also include entertainment, a silent auction and inspirational stories from wounded Michigan soldiers and their families. Guests will learn how donations to FWSF have made a positive impact on Michigan’s veterans and military families.
“The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund was created with the goal of giving back to troops and their families 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.”
Returning troops often face delays in getting assistance from the government. The FWSF is dedicated to assisting injured Michigan soldiers and providing support for their families and the families of fallen soldiers. The FWSF is able to quickly help with everything, including living expenses, foreclosure assistance and home mortgage modifications.
As an all-volunteer organization, approximately 97 percent of all funds raised by FWSF have been spent on soldiers and families. In 2015, more than $500,000 was raised to help Michigan soldiers and families. Since its inception in 2006, the organization has raised over $4.5 million.  The organization has also recently been named a Top-Rated Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.
For 2016, the gala event returns to MGM Grand Detroit; 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 for $1,500. Please keep in mind that tickets and auction items are 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://fwsf2016.eventzilla.net/.  For corporate sponsorship contact Chris Cornelius at (734) 718-5217 or fwsf1@aol.com.
About Kris "Tanto" Paronto - Tanto - as he is affectionately known in security contracting circles - is a former Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and private security contractor who has deployed throughout South America, Central America, the Middle East and North Africa. He also worked with the US Government’s Global Response Staff conducting low profile security in high threat environments throughout the world. Mr. Paronto was part the CIA annex security team that responded to the terrorist attack on the US Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, September 11th, 2012, helping to save over 20 lives while fighting off terrorists from the CIA Annex for over 13 hours. Mr. Paronto’s story is told in the book "13 Hours" written by Mitchell Zuckoff along with his five surviving annex security team members.
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 Contact:   
Jenni Omness
Weber Shandwick Detroit
(248) 203-8142
FWSF Contact:
Todd Waller
The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund
(734) 564-7465