At this year’s 11th annual Partner Appreciation Event, snow removal and landscape company James Martin Associates (JMA) and its partners raised $4,710 for charity, with Russo Power Equipment making a substantial contribution to the total. Roger Fick of Wilson Nurseries won the raffle drawing and selected the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) to receive the donation.

WWP serves military veterans who were injured on or after September 11th, 2001. It offers an independence program, a combat stress recovery program, peer and family support, and much more. They have 18 offices around the country, including a local office in Chicago.

This is the third time that JMA has donated to WWP through their Partner Appreciation Events. Fick himself enlisted in the Navy in 1956. He served first in the ceremonial guard in Washington, D.C. and then aboard the USS Boston.

Image Courtesy of Roger Fick

He said that organizations like WWP “hopefully encourage people to serve their country if they know both they and their family will be taken care of – even if they get wounded.”

Dan Miller from WWP’s Warrior Speak team accepted the donation on behalf of the organization. During his visit to JMA, Fick and Miller were able to exchange stories about their service in the military. “It’s always good to meet a fellow veteran and express just how much these kinds of donations mean to wounded warriors,” Miller said.

Image Courtesy of Roger Fick

“The mission of WPP is to honor and empower our nation’s warriors and help them lead a productive and happy life,” Miller said. “They have personally helped me do that, and I’m honored to be able to give back to this cause.”

“After almost 20 years of supporting the Marine Corp Scholarship Foundation, I am happy that JMA can further support our soldiers and military veterans by this third contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project,” said Jim Martin, President of JMA. “It was great to share the presentation with long-time friend Roger Fick and new friend Dan Miller.”

JMA plans to host its 12th annual Partner Appreciation Event next year to continue its tradition of raising money for important causes like WWP.