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Jared Allen raises nearly $300,000 for wounded warriors

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Vikings defensive end Jared Allen has been raising plenty of money for wounded warriors via an unconventional golf tournament.  On Friday night, he generated a large chunk of what he calls cashish through more traditional means.

The First Annual Jared Allen “Helping Heroes Gala” was held on Friday, November 9, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis, and the event raised nearly $300,000 via ticket sales and a silent auction.

“I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who came out on Friday and made the event an incredible success,” Allen said.  “The support I received from my teammates and the Vikings organization was remarkable and I cannot say thank you enough.  I hope that next year is even more successful.  I intend to continue this event for many years to come so that we can provide more homes for our wounded warriors.”

Homes for Wounded Warriors is a non-profit organization created for the sole purpose of raising money to build or modify the homes of America’s injured Military Veterans.  You can make a donation or buy a T-shirt at Allen’s website.

You can and you will.

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26 Responses to “Jared Allen raises nearly $300,000 for wounded warriors”
  1. packerblitz says: Nov 13, 2012 8:54 AM

    This is awesome! A lot of respect for Allen!

  2. gtodriver says: Nov 13, 2012 9:01 AM

    Because of Jared’s commitment to the Wounded Warrior project, at the game on Sunday he was the last player introduced and he ran onto the field carrying the American flag…

    The already loud crowd got much louder when he ran onto the field!

  3. purplengold says: Nov 13, 2012 9:10 AM

    Great stuff. But why do our vets have to be taken care of by charities? Our government drops the ball, Jared and others pick it up.

  4. jessethegreat says: Nov 13, 2012 9:25 AM

    As a Packer fan, I hate this guy whenever he plays us, but that’s about the only knock one can say about the dude. Anyone would love for him to be on their team. On the field, he’s lights out (without the steroids)… And off the field he seems to be a very like able guy. As a retired “grunt”, can’t help but believe he would have made a great battle buddy. Who am I kidding, he would have likely went spec. Ops, and we would have never seen or heard from him.

  5. joetoronto says: Nov 13, 2012 9:27 AM

    Great stuff, big props to Allen for this.

    You think the Chiefs regret letting him and Gonzalez go?

    SMH.

  6. sbh1cats says: Nov 13, 2012 9:36 AM

    Good for him!

  7. 32stork says: Nov 13, 2012 9:43 AM

    Thank you, young mand Jared Allen. Blessings for you.

    Charlie Co.
    1/8
    4th ID
    VietNam
    67-68

  8. drez146 says: Nov 13, 2012 9:47 AM

    Can’t say enough about how great this is, good job Mr. Allen

  9. samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says: Nov 13, 2012 9:58 AM

    purplengold says:Nov 13, 2012 9:10 AM

    Great stuff. But why do our vets have to be taken care of by charities? Our government drops the ball, Jared and others pick it up.
    ______

    I agree the government should do more for our veterans, but it’s our responsibility to take care of people who need help. I wish more people would give to and work for charities rather than looking to the government to do everything.

  10. godofwine330 says: Nov 13, 2012 10:05 AM

    As a Navy veteran and one who has served overseas in Kuwait, I want to thank Jared Allen for all he has done for my brothers and sisters of all forces. All gave some, some gave more than most (wounded warriors), and some gave all. It is important that we do all we can for veterans, but most importantly the wounded warriors because what they sacrificed for us is deserving of that respect plus some.

    Navy Customs Battalion Quebec Jan-Oct 2006

  11. icecubeusedtobeangry says: Nov 13, 2012 10:05 AM

    Nice work!

  12. purpleguy says: Nov 13, 2012 10:33 AM

    Best trade the Vikes ever made. All-Pro player and a good guy.

  13. vikefan says: Nov 13, 2012 10:34 AM

    kudos, props, atta boy!!……………..

    was great to take my boys to meet him at a local store when 10% of their sales that day were being donated to his WWP……of course we had to load up with snacks and help em all out!!!

  14. kane337 says: Nov 13, 2012 11:03 AM

    That is a great cause. Many kudos and respect for Jared Allen. You are the MAN!

  15. thetokyosandblaster says: Nov 13, 2012 11:13 AM

    This is amazing.

    Great work, Jared!

  16. CKL says: Nov 13, 2012 11:19 AM

    I love stories like this, and the one last night from ESPN about the two guys who were taking vets to games around the country too. Kudos, Jared Allen.

  17. purplengold says: Nov 13, 2012 11:36 AM

    @samanthasteeleruinedmyqb

    Our government owes them this, at least, because they have continually lied to our troops. Our government tells them they are “fighting for our freedom” while our government restricts our freedoms.

    Bring them home now so that they can truly fight for our freedom without having to carry a weapon. They’ll be plenty of money available once we stop spending over half of our tax dollars on wars with the rest of the world.

  18. kydkrunk says: Nov 13, 2012 12:30 PM

    this dude is awesome. im a bears fan, but he is crazy on field and is always doing stuff for wounded warriors. good shot.

  19. purpwalk says: Nov 13, 2012 1:21 PM

    very well done

  20. brewdogg says: Nov 13, 2012 1:25 PM

    @purplengold & samanthasteeleruinedmyqb

    You guys are both right. The gov’t should be more focused on taking care of our vets and less concerned about making more, and those of us who didn’t serve should be doing what we can to show our thanks to those who did. But let’s not make this a debate on foreign or domestic policy. Let’s keep this about someone who is using their individual fame to help those who have earned our respect and thanks for what they have done for all of us.

    Props to Allen, and much bigger props to all our veterans. Thank you all for going through hell so that we can safely sit here at our computers and argue about which football team is better. You deserve more than we can ever give back to you.

  21. tdsbepoppin says: Nov 13, 2012 1:47 PM

    He gives his all on the field and off. Vikings fans should be proud he’s one of the faces of their franchise.

  22. castleanthrax says: Nov 13, 2012 2:09 PM

    Great job Jared!

    Taking the time, initiative, and effort to put this together.

    It’s the least they deserve.

    God bless our service men and women and the USA.

  23. larryboodry says: Nov 13, 2012 2:54 PM

    brewdogg says: Nov 13, 2012 1:25 PM

    “Props to Allen, and much bigger props to all our veterans. Thank you all for going through hell so that we can safely sit here at our computers and argue about which football team is better. You deserve more than we can ever give back to you.”

    Amen to that, brewdogg…I have always respected Jared Allen, although as a Bears fan I never realized ’til now just how much he does off the field…Kudos to him, and a heartfelt thank-you to all of you ‘grunts’ on here (and all who serve) for your heroism and sacrifice.

  24. purplengold says: Nov 13, 2012 4:10 PM

    Soldiers, other than the people that they’re shooting at, are the most abused group of people in the world. Let’s stop abusing our own people; let’s stop lying to our teenagers at recruiting centers about “fighting for our freedom”. Our government controls our freedom, and that’s only because we allow them to. Our perpetual wars are about territorial conquest to make the wealthy few even wealthier, nothing else.

  25. jelliot1978 says: Nov 13, 2012 4:13 PM

    I respect what Jared Allen was able to do and like his attitude that next year will be better. The Wounded Warrior foundation is an organization that is trying to help not only our soldiers with their physical injuries but also the mental ones. Having met a lot of veterans through out the years as my father has been active in several of the veterans groups (American Legion, VFW and AmVets) I have seen some of the tolls wars can take. I am always thankful for those that have served, are serving and will serve. I am eternally grateful for those that were injured or lost their lives fighting for our country.

  26. formyministy says: Nov 13, 2012 6:31 PM

    as a lions fan, i want to hate jared allen, but for this? mad props.

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