Stars & Stripes Dash
A veteran is a person who has served or is serving in the armed forces. Every veteran has been trained to defend our country to the best of their ability while upholding the constitution. The Stars & Stripes Dash is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization focused on helping area veterans organizations that support our local veterans.
Founded in 2013. Jena Wilmers, a former veteran, formed the Stars & Stripes Dash (SSD) with the help of some amazing volunteers. The vision of the Stars and Stripes dash is to have an impact on the community while giving back to local veterans.
To raise awareness and funds for local organizations that support veterans. All of the proceeds from the annual event stays in the area to impact veterans. The Stars and Stripes Dash also looks to partner with small businesses, owned and operated by veterans, to provide details of the event such as printing, banners, and t-shirts.
2017 Race Beneficiary
We are proud to announce that our 2016 race beneficiary is Finish The Mission. The primary goal of Finish The Mission is to provide funding for capital improvement projects at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, that directly address quality of life concerns for all residents. Their 2015 event focused on the reconstruction of the Amphitheater that not only gave all west Michigan residents a great venue for concerts, but also entertains residents at the veterans home and thousands of visitors with music all summer long. The goal for 2016’s event is to raise enough funds to totally rebuild the Solarium. This project is long overdue and much needed as pointed out by recent news accounts regarding this facility. Finish The Mission also provides funding for individual veterans and their families who may be experiencing financial hardships beyond their control and not covered by other veteran benefits. The Finish the Mission organization features a completely volunteer board of directors with 100% of all proceeds going to West Michigan Veterans, especially those at the Veterans Home until which time all issues there are corrected and their quality of life is as high as possible.