Who We Are

Our Mission

The Kevin Popke Foundation has two major lines of effort: support to local Veteran based charities and to the Brandon High School wrestling team. The focus reflects its namesake’s priorities: supporting our Nation’s Veterans and developing young men through wrestling.

The Foundation provides financial support to local Veteran based charities. Fundraising goals for 2018 include: Chair #3 for Other Side of the Dunes, Support to Liberty Manor homes for homeless Veterans, and building a Kevin Popke pavilion at Wounded Warrior Ability Ranch.

The Foundation supports Brandon High School’s team via grants, equipment purchases, and scholarships. It provides assistance to current and developing team members, and underprivileged wrestlers to attend out of area tournaments, including registration fees, travel expenses, and per diem costs.

Kevin Popke

Background

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.