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2015 James Gandolfini Award Recipient


We are pleased to announce Mark Wahlberg as the 2015 recipient of the James Gandolfini Award.This award honors Mr. Gandolfini’s invaluable work by recognizing outstanding character in service to warriors and their families. Mr. Wahlberg was overwhelmingly nominated for this award as that same outstanding character was recognized in him.

Mr. Wahlberg’s support of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) began through his participation in direct-response TV commercials. The television spots have raised a tremendous amount of awareness not only for WWP, but for the challenges our injured service members face as they transition back into civilian life. Additionally, with his tireless work promoting veterans’ issues in concert with the launch of his film “Lone Survivor,” he became a determined and impassioned voice in the discussion.

Through his personal and professional work, Mr. Wahlberg is truly living the WWP mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.

A committed philanthropist, Mark Wahlberg founded The Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation in 2001 to benefit inner-city children and teens. He serves on the boards of several organizations, including the Sheriff’s Youth Foundation of LA County and The Felix Organization. He was inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Alumni Hall of Fame in 2012. Recently, he received the Bob Hope Award from the Medal of Honor Society for his work to support our military.

Mark earned both Oscar® and Golden Globe nominations for his standout work in the family boxing film “The Fighter” and Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed drama “The Departed” His breakout role in “Boogie Nights” established Mark as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents. Upcoming projects this year are the new HBO series “Ballers” and feature films “Entourage,” “Ted 2,” and “Daddy’s Home.”


Introduced in 2013, the James Gandolfini Award recognizes James’ spirit, respect, and support for wounded service members by honoring an individual in the public eye who exemplifies the values of WWP, just as James did.

We are proud to give this award at our 10th annual Courage Awards & Benefit Dinner® and look forward to welcoming the Gandolfini family to this event.


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