Highlight of the football calendar year is the Super Bowl. If tickets aren’t available, a good party should be planned and executed! PEP working with the New York Fire Department, USO-National Capital Region and Yellow Ribbon hosted a “Really Big Show” at Walter Reed-Bethesda. The event was held all afternoon into the evening and saw more than 350 WW and family members. They sported purple colored Super Bowl jerseys and attended with another 50 staff and friends, partaking of the good food, entertainment and just plain fun. Captain Woody Woodall of the Fire Department impersonated Elvis, providing a truly entertaining moment as well.
Captain Connie Evans, Director of Wounded Warrior Family Coordination at Walter Reed-Bethesda, acted as the LNO for the Naval Support Activity. She was joined by the NFL alumni from the Redskins and New England Patriots, whose fellow active roster players were in this year’s Superbowl. Former Redskins player Carl Kammerer was also present. Both the Washington Redskinettes and Baltimore Ravenettes added to the time, poising with many of the WW and family members.
Several WW were brought down from the wards in the main hospital to attend the game; those that could not were visited by PEP and FDNY personnel, Hollywood celebrity Jon Voight and New England Patriot Joe Andruzzi . When asked about his time visiting the wounded, Super Bowl player Andruzzi said, “We felt it was important to make contact with as many as we could during the game. Seeing as they could not get out to join with us, we went after them. It was fun and that’s what a party is supposed to be, pure fun”.
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