Our History

Sudbury for Wounded Warriors started as a discussion among friends during games of poker over the course of a few years subsequent to 9/11. 

Bob Haarde, Brendan Mahoney, Todj Gozdeck, Todd Faber and a group of friends would bat around ideas about what could be done to help. When fellow Sudbury resident Army Ranger Lt. Scott Milley was killed in action in Afghanistan, the desire to help out really hit home. With Lt. Milley being killed in action, the group took action and the First Annual Drive Fore Our Troops golf tournament took place less than a year later on September 6, 2011. The event raised $10,000 which was donated to Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). The highlight of the inaugural outing was a moving speech delivered at the dinner by Lt. Cameron Kerr, 101st Airborne Division, who lost part of his leg due to an IED explosion on February 16, 2011.

Patriotic Young Veteran Soldier
Silhouettes of soldiers with print of sunset
We chose the name “Sudbury for Wounded Warriors” because it was easy and descriptive at the time. We have contemplated changing it because our reach is now well beyond Sudbury as people from all over the country travel to participate in our events. We are receiving donations and offers of support from friends and complete strangers from all over. We are proud to have the word Sudbury in our name which represents the beginning of this effort. It ties us to the history of Sudbury which goes back to the battle between King Philip Metacomet of Pokonoket and John Grout in the 17th century to Josiah Haynes and all the Sudbury minuteman and militia who mustered for the Battles of Lexington and Concord and onward to the many American heroes throughout the town’s history. We recognize and solicit support and participation from everywhere.