Pat Salas assembled his band The Mangled Digits, and put on a show in order to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. Salas said that everyone volunteered to put the show on and that “most supplies and equipment was donated by individual people.” Salas ordered tickets to promote the event and Salas said the whole idea was to “raise money for wounded warrior project and to make more people aware of the organization.” Salas said that they were able to raise $400; a bit short of their goal but Salas said, “we still hold are heads high though because something is better than nothing.”
To organize such an important, Salas started planning 6 months beforehand. “We started with 4 potential major sponsors to having no sponsors at all. Persistency is key! But when you’re only a 6 piece local band you get thrown to corner a lot,” Salas said. But every hardship is a lesson in disguise and for Salas and his band; they learned it’s important to “have a fairly large team of people with skills in each department you need to cover. Marketing, recruiting, law, etc,” he said.
Salas and his band were mostly responsible for advertising as well, posting regularly to Facebook and handing out flyers in the community. And for Salas, it was all worth it. “The highlight for me was the generosity of the locals in Galena Park, TX. Not only were they paying admission fees but also donating extra money to the cause,” he said.
The Wounded Warrior Project was started after September 11, 2001. According to their website, the Wounded Warrior Project is meant to “serve military service members who incurred service-connected wounds, injuries, or illnesses on or after September 11, 2001 and their families.” As well as “to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members aid and assist each other and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.”
To date the Wounded Warrior Project has helped 20,891 service men and women, as well as 1,579 family members of soldiers.