The Kevin Popke Foundation was established as a way to honor the ideals and values of its namesake, Army 1SG Donald “Kevin” Popke, who was tragically killed by a distracted driver in 2016. Kevin, “50” to his friends, served his country for his entire adult life, retiring as a US Army First Sergeant and then as a Department of Defense contractor.
The Kevin Popke Foundation’s original focus was limited to supporting Brandon High School’s wrestling program; over the past 18 months, the charity provided two scholarships, new singlets and warm-ups, and provided funds to wrestlers to help with transportation, registration fees, and other costs associated with out of town tournaments. We remain committed to supporting the team and are planning for the 2018 Kevin Popke Memorial Scholarship presentation in June.
Moving forward, the Kevin Popke Foundation is expanding its scope to include support to Veteran based charities. In January, we took the first step in this direction by combining fund raising efforts for the team to include meat donations to Liberty Manor Homes for Disabled Veterans, libertymanor.org. Future events will allow us to support both of Kevin’s priorities.