Welcome to the website for Ryan’s Project



Sgt. Ryan Robinson passed away on September 1st, 2008 as a result of injuries received in combat from his 2006 Iraq deployment. He was only 29 years old. Ryan was a hero in Iraq, and at home; his loss devastated his family and friends.

Ryan loved the Marine Corps Ball and was deeply concerned about wounded Marines unable to attend due to their injuries. before his passing he said to his father, “Dad, wouldn’t it be great if there was an organization that could get these wounded Marines to the Ball? An all-expenses-paid night out of the hospital or their homes with fitted dress blues and a limousine. It would remind them they have not been forgotten, that their sacrifice is remembered.”

Ryan is gone, but in his memory, Ryan’s Project aims to fulfill Ryan’s vision by sponsoring and coordinating the attendance of wounded North Texas Marines annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball in Fort Worth/Dallas, Texas. Ryan’s Project also assists, when possible, in the funding necessary to train and place service dogs with disabled military service members through K-9′s for Freedom and Indepence.

As Ryan’s Project reaches out to active and veteran service members, collaborating with other veteran organizations in an effort to meet the needs of our wounded heroes. We hope to touch the lives of those wounded after sacrificing so much for their country.

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Ryan’s Project 30-second advertisement

The Ryan’s Project 30-second spot below was produced for the 2011 HP Byron Nelson Championship. Thank you to the extremely talented film-maker Nick Utter and performer Eric Boggs. Special thank you to Amber Sutphin and Tiffany McGlothlin.


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Our New 2014 Platinum Sponsor… COTTON PATCH CAFÉ, Inc !!!

Cotton_Patch_Cafe_LogoCotton Patch Café, Inc., is one of my favorite restaurants and this year they are a Platinum Sponsor. Started 25 years ago, two energetic guys, Larry Marshall and Mike Patranella, they worked long hours and created a restaurant like no other. The idea behind that first Cotton Patch Cafe in Nacogdoches was to create a community restaurant that offered great food made from scratch, served by caring folks who are part of your community. Besides the great food and service, Cotton Patch Cafe donates to hundreds of wonderful charities and causes every year. “We want to help make each community better,” Larry says. That recipe works. Today Cotton Patch has 41 locations in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. And of course my personal favorite in Watauga, Texas on (377) Denton Highway under the management of Colby Baird. There contribution will send another 3 or 4 wounded or disabled Marines to the annual Marine Corps Ball. Thanks guys! You all are great!!

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A 30-year Watauga resident and CP fan since day one, Doug loves the friendliness of the people at Cotton Patch. “It’s like Cheers, where everybody knows your name!” Doug also appreciates our connection with the community and excellent food. Our management team says “Doug enjoys the food so much that he is an advocate for us to anyone he meets. He has a lot of positive things to say, and everyone who knows him loves him!”

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Kind Thoughts from a Supporter

photoA wonderful letter from Jina and Curtis Fowler who were guests of Ryan’s Project at the 238th annual Marine Corps Ball last November, 2013.  Very kind thoughts and words.  Thank you for honoring Ryan’s memory.

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Dr. Daniel Dugan, DDS, PA, an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in Hurts, Texas, is a platinum sponsor again for 2014. With his generous contributions and additional fundraising assistance, Ryan’s Project will send 2-3 attendees to the Marine Corps Ball! Dr Dugan practices a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise ranging from corrective jaw surgery to wisdom tooth removal. We can also diagnose and treat facial pain, facial injuries and TMJ disorders, and performs a full range of dental implant and bone grafting procedures. He is one of the highest rated oral surgeons in Texas!!  We at Ryan’s Project encourage you to please show your patronage with our generous sponsors. Dr. Daniel Dugan is located at 613 W Harwood Rd., Hurst, TX  76054. Call him today at 817.268.4108. Thank you, Dr. Dugan! — at Daniel J. Dugan DDS PA.All of you at Dr. Dugan’s office are incredible people!



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Support Wounded North Texas Marines

In memory of a fallen Marine, Ryan’s Project aims to fulfill Ryan’s vision by sponsoring and coordinating the attendance of wounded North Texas Marines at the Marine Corps Ball in Dallas/Fort-Worth, Texas.

We provide the admission fee, transportation, and custom uniform tailoring for North Texas Marines. We hope to touch the lives of those wounded after sacrificing so much for their country. Support Ryan's Project either by volunteering, donating or recommending a Marine for our mission.

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Friends and Past Supporters

Ad Valorem Services Company
Carter BloodCare
City of Keller, Texas
Metroplex Marines
Toys for Tots Dallas and Washington DC
The Wells Report
Creative B Web Design
Grace After Fire
Old Town Quilts
Don Moore Illustrations
Operation Once in a Lifetime
Texas Blaze Community Newspaper
Texas Representative Vickie Truitt, District 98
Tyler Toliver, USMC
The Mission Continues
Dr. Daniel Dugan, DDS
Five Star Ford, North Richland Hills
Carol Harris, State Farm Keller, Texas


• Recognized by the City of Keller for our efforts, honored with June 19 as officially celebrated “Ryan’s Project Day”.
• Special awards and certificate of thanks presented by Toys for Tots, Washington D.C. and Dallas/Fort Worth
• Officially recognized and commended by Texas Governor Rick Perry
• Officially commended by State Representative, Vicki Truitt
• Official military charity sponsor of the 2011 HP Byron Nelson