WISH for OUR HEROES
Veterans Day Events
November 9-10, 2023
JOIN the fun and ASSIST a hero in-need
W4OH North Florida Veterans Day Weekend
Since 2018, WISH for OUR HEROES North Florida has hosted its' annual Golf Classic to raise money to assist active-duty military families struggling with basic needs. This year, Swisher will present the inaugural Night for Our Heroes gala, to provide an upscale opportunity for guests to see first-hand the military families we are assisting. An evening of wonderful cuisine, wine, and Patriotism will be provided, in addition to the several military families that will receive the surprise-of-a-lifetime.
2023 Veterans Day Week
Schedule of Events
Thursday, November 9, 2023: Night for Our Heroes Gala Presented by Swisher, 6:00 PM at The Yards, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Friday, November 10, 2023: Heroes Golf Classic
ABOUT WISH for OUR HEROES
WISH for OUR HEROES granted its first wish 14 years ago on November 2, 2009, in honor of 1SG Thomas G. Wells, a career Marine. The founder of WISH for OUR HEROES, Jeff Wells, served on active-duty and while deployed, he recognized along with his fellow soldiers, that a serious need existed within our military ranks. There were so many great charities in existence, but the majority of them focused on specific groups or categories (wounded, etc). There were no charities that focused on not only helping military members falling into these extreme categories, but also helping the average, hard-working military member experiencing struggles with basic needs. WISH for OUR HEROES recognized the toll that war takes on families back home, and decided to create a charity to assist military families with basic necessities: food, shelter, transportation, child needs, medical expenses (not covered by the VA, Tricare, etc). Small issues can spiral into larger issues, and larger issues can spiral into things like divorce, suicide, and those problems our military members face as a result of daily military life.
When the charity started, the founders began taking donations at stoplights and collecting $1 at a time to assist our heroes. Money was donated, and then WISH for OUR HEROES would utilize the funds to grant a wish and assist a military family. Then, they would raise more money, and grant more wishes. Over time, other people learned about the mission of W4OH and wanted to get involved. Those people began to spread the word, and with each wish, the W4OH network began to grow. No money was spent on marketing… just a wonderful group of people who wanted to give something back to our heroes. Now W4OH has a network of more than 400 volunteers across the country who have dedicated their lives to making sure our military families have what they need.
Today, WISH for OUR HEROES is a national 501(c)(3) that grants wishes around the world. Through 2022, WISH for OUR HEROES has provided more than $30 million in assistance to our heroes, across all 50 states and 4 foreign nations (where U.S. troops are serving). W4OH North Florida was founded in 2013 and has provided more than $1 Million in assistance to active-duty military families in North Florida.