Sponsored Events

The Wake Foundation sponsors or co-sponsors a wide variety of veteran's events throughout the year. some of the more popular events include:

Stars and Stripes Trivia Night Fund Raiser

SandS Trivia

Salute to Veterans Patients Week

Salute to Veterans
The week of February 14 is the National Salute to Veteran Patients week.

The purpose of the program is to:
  • Pay tribute and express appreciation to Veterans
  • Increase community awareness of the role of the VA medical center
  • Encourage citizens to visit hospitalized Veterans and to become involved as volunteers
This is our opportunity to say thank you to more than 98,000 veterans who are cared for every day in a VA facility.

Valentines for Veterans

Valentines for Veterans

Three Rivers College Scholarship Program Trivia Night Fund Raiser

Three Rivers Trivia

VA Awards Banquet for Volunteers

VA Volunteer Banquet
The Veterans Health Care System holds an annual appreciation banquet and awards ceremony to recognize the volunteers who have given their time at the VA facilities.

National Winter Sports Clinic

Winter Sports Clinic
The National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic is a world-leader in adaptive winter sports instruction for U.S. military Veterans and active duty servicemen and women with disabilities. Set in stunning Snowmass, Colorado, the clinic celebrates its 31st year, bringing nearly 400 Veterans with traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic amputations, visual impairments, certain neurological conditions, and other injuries.

May Paddlefest

May Paddlefest

Sweat for the Vets

Sweat for the Vets
Founded in 2009 by former St. Joe County Judge Robert L. Miller. His goal is get all homeless Veterans off the Streets and from under bridges. He wants to give them purpose, to renew their spirit, regain their self-respect, and to help them get a fresh start in life.

Golden Age Games

Golden Age Games
The National Veterans Golden Age Games is the premier senior adaptive rehabilitation program in the United States, and the only national multi-event sports and recreational seniors' competition program designed to improve the quality of life for all older Veterans, including those with a wide range of abilities and disabilities. The VA Challenges and encourages senior Veterans to be proactive in embracing a healthier lifestyle, thus achieving the NVGAG "Fitness for Life" motto. The Games are open to Veterans, ages 55 or older, who receive health care from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Wheel Chair Games

Wheel Chair Games
The National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG) is a sports and rehabilitation program for military service veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, amputations or certain neurological problems. Attracting more than 500 athletes each year, the NVWG is the largest annual wheelchair sports event in the world. The presenters of this event are committed to improving the quality of life for veterans with disabilities and fostering better health through sports competition.

Ladies Night Out

Ladies Night Out
Ladies Night Out is an opportunity for female Veterans to relax and unwind, mingle with other female veterans and have some fun while learning about the special services that the VA medical center offers for women.

VA Welcome Home Veterans

Welcome Home
The Welcome Home Celebration at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, Mo., is free and open to all. The event honors Veterans. While it spot lights returning Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria veterans, It also serves to honor all who have served their country. Attractions include a car and motorcycle show, live music, military vehicle displays, an art show, patriotic displays and food. There are activities for children, a bounce house and face painting, as well as crafts, cooking, archery and other demonstrations from the local scout troops. Veterans are honored in an opening ceremony, which also includes guest speakers and music. Veterans will be provided with medical attention and information booths will be available to assist with veterans benefits.

Poplar Bluff Independence Run 5K

Celebrate our Country's Independence with us. Dowtown Poplar Bluff 5k and Kids 1 Mile Fun Run.

Presented by Missouri Running Co.
Sponsored by Ozark Federal Credit Union

All proceeds raised will go to the Wake Foundation, which helps wounded military veterans stay active and involved after combat.

National Summer Sports Clinic

Summer Sports Clinic
The Summer Sports Clinic offers adventure sports and recreational activities such as sailing, surfing, track and field events, kayaking and cycling (hand and tandem), to those who have been injured. Complementing the therapy provided in daily rehabilitation programs, the Clinic shares a glimpse of the many exciting recreational opportunities awaiting those Veterans who accept the challenge. With the variety of water and summer sports available at the Clinic, this week-long journey hosts Veterans from all over the country who have a variety of injuries, ranging from traumatic brain injury and polytrauma, to spinal cord injury or loss of limb. Its fundamental purpose is to provide early intervention for Veterans battling back from injury, not only strengthening their bodies but overcoming and improving their overall being and self-worth.

Stars and Stripes Liberty Days

Liberty Days

VA Community Outreach

Community Outreach
Community Outreach Day is an annual event in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. The event is designed to help support all veterans, homeless veterans and those in need. Housing, employment, social services, medical and dental, haircut, self-help classes, groceries, veterans specific services and more. Our goal is to help those who have served our great country and those in need find a better way of living. The Wake Foundation and John J. Pershing VA Medical Center is committed to being an active part of the community and partnering with other resource providers to offer the maximum number of services possible to help our Veterans and other at-risk for homelessness. Do you know a Veteran in need? Bring them to the Community Outreach Day.

Mobility Impaired Deer Hunts - Arkansas and Missouri

Hunting Events
Mobility impaired deer hunters are treated to a unique opportunity to attend special U. S. Army Corps of Engineers sponsored deer hunts this year in Arkansas and Missouri. Mobility-impaired hunters must have a permanent physical condition that requires assistance from mobility aids, such as a wheelchair or braces. Veteran applicants must have service related disabilities. Each hunter may be accompanied by one other person who can assist them in a non-hunting capacity only.