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.
2018 Race Beneficiary
We are proud to announce our 2018 race beneficiary is Team Rubicon.
On January 12th, 2010 a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Port-au-prince, Haiti. Many were killed and nearly one million Haitians were rendered homeless in just a blink of an eye. Essential services, medical care, government agencies, clean water, were all disrupted. Images of the aftermath, of the tent cities, of the overflowing medical clinics, of the food lines, were broadcast across the world.
Two Marines, Jake Wood and William McNulty, knew they could help. Together with six other veterans and first responders, they gathered funds and medical supplies from friends and family and flew into the Dominican Republic. They rented a truck, loaded their gear, and headed west to Haiti.
When the group crossed the Artibonite, the river border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, they crossed their rubicon; the initial group of eight were irrevocably committed to their task of providing aid to Haiti. They treated thousands of patients, traveling to camps deemed “too dangerous” by other aid organizations. They ventured outside the traditional scale of disaster response, focusing on those who would be overlooked, untreated. As more Veterans and First Responders joined Team Rubicon it was clear there was a need outside of the United States. Team Rubicon Global was created connecting coalition veterans in a global network of service, TRG provides coalition countries with the resources and support to establish their own Team Rubicon’s (TR's). To learn more about TRG's mission and growth, visit TeamRubiconGlobal.org.