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MSG Cartel Creates Live Graffiti Mural for Wounded Warrior Project

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There was an ugly time in this country when soldiers returning home would get spit on by rabid hippies. But times have changed and now even those who are anti-war know that it's not cool to be anti-soldier.

Our boys and girls in the armed forces deserve a little respect. And this Saturday at the Raleigh Hotel, we have the chance to show our gratitude to our homegrown heroes. "Artists for the Walking Wounded" is a benefit and silent auction where graffiti crew MSG Cartel, as well as a plethora of local artists and DJs will offer their mad skills to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project -- one of the coolest non-profits we know.

The Wounded Warrior Project promotes the well-being of wounded veterans by trying to end the cycle of neglect and apathy which has caused generations of veterans to be discarded when they return home. Erich Neumann, a local attorney who helped organize the event, wants to make sure the soldiers feel our gratitude.

He explains, "I have several friends that have been involved in our foreign campaigns and it seems that they are literally forgotten upon their return. They make the ultimate sacrifice to secure our freedom, but face foreclosures, ruined marriages, unemployment, etc. and sometimes during their deployment. Notwithstanding the physical and emotional costs combat imprints." The Wounded Warrior Project is doing its part "to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded warriors in this nation's history." Right on.

MSG Cartel will create a live graffiti mural as DJs Al B Rotten and Chris Video provide audio and video entertainment. Several other artists will have their work on display and for sale, with proceeds benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project. "I'm excited about this event as I have been supporting local artists for a long time and have a great cause to help both our veterans and our local artists," says Neumann.

Grand Touring Vodka and the Raleigh Hotel have forever endeared themselves to us by donating the space, food, and alcohol. Get your free drink on while experiencing some of the best live art Miami has to offer. Besides doing a little something for our veterans, it'll be cool to see the turnout at an event sponsored both by Ocean Drive magazine and MSG Cartel. Talk about worlds colliding.

The Artists for the Wounded Warrior Project benefit and auction takes place on Saturday, January 22 at the Raleigh Hotel (1775 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). Doors open and silent bidding starts at 6 p.m. and admission is free. Bidding ends at 10:30 p.m. Call 305-735-2404 or email ebneumann@gmail.com.

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