My name is Andrew Gaeckle. Two years ago, Jan 29th, 2011 I was mugged and shot outside my house in NW Washington DC.
To this day I am so thankful to have made a full recovery and continue to live life to the fullest. Each year in a a celebration of life I host an annual party call “Attacking Gaeck is Wack”. A pun on my last name. Last year was a big hit with 120+ attendees. This year for 2.0 I’m hoping to have another great turn out particularly, because following Gabrielle Gifford’s launch of the American’s for Responsible Solutions PAC I was inspired to make a difference and be part of this meaningful discussion.
Though different in magnitude, Rep. Gabby Giffords and I each approach our two year anniversary (Jan 2011) and the personal experience of horrific gun violence. Gabby Giffords continues to be a tremendous inspiration in my life because of her willingness to make a difference, her joy for life and courage through unimaginable hardship.
I launched a fundraising campaign in support of Americans for Responsible Solutions. We raised $2,600+ over the past few days and over the coming weeks and months I hope to raise $12,911 representing the day I was shot 1/29/11 and to help bring awareness and leadership to these issues that call for shared responsibly:
to ensure the safety of the guns we may own
the call for action to address mental illness and assist those suffering
responsible changes to gun laws, and
the comfort compassion and love for all those who we encounter.
Attacking Gaeck is Wack 2.0 will be held at Grand Central in Adams Morgan Saturday Feb 2nd at 9pm (2447 18th St NW.) Following that event I will be working friend and colleague, and other organizations across DC like Project DC, OneRaceOnePlace (OROP) and others to reach my goal of $12,911.