Salute To Veterans
Car & Motorcycle Poker Run!
August 14th 2021, 9:30AM – 3:00PM
2021 Car & Motorcycle Poker Run
WHAT A DAY!!
Thank you to all who participated, donated, and sponsored to our 2021 Salute to Veterans Car & Motorcycle Poker Run on august 14th! We had a wonderful variety of cars, trucks and motorcycle that participated in the 80-mile Run through the country. We started at So-Cal Speed Shop in Tualatin and traveled to Carlton Farms, McMinnville Park, Bald Peak Park and ended at Golden Valley Brewery. The motorcycles had a nice stop at Threat Dynamics where they had an option to enjoy the shooting range and a variety of activities before joining us at the Brewery. There was a nice assortment of vendors, the K-9 Kavalry showed off their beautiful dogs and we even had a large ¼ Midget Car display. The Corral Creek Blue Grass Band played for us and we had a great Silent Auction. It was a fun day for all…especially the winners of the Best and Worst Poker Hand – $100 cash prizes! Pictured is Rachel, she won.
Thank you to all who volunteered and helped make this event a success. We couldn’t have done it without you. We raised over $20,000 before and during the event, the funds will assist the Veterans Village, Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of Oregon, and the Disabled Veterans Benefit Fund.
Mark your calendars for August 13, 2022 for the next regular Salute to Veterans Car & Motorcycle Show which will be held at the Washington County Fair Complex in Hillsboro.
Organizations we Donate to
Salute to Veterans donates to organizations that focus on Veteran Health and Wellbeing. Here are a couple of the organizations we have donated to in the past.
Do Good Multnomah is a non-profit organization that partners with the community to provide permanent supportive housing and low-barrier emergency shelter to houseless Veterans in Portland, Oregon. We emphasize relationship-building, one-on-one engagement, supportive services, and direct community participation, changing the way we serve houseless Veterans.
Our Mission: Do Good Multnomah supports Veteran-centered communities that inspire dignity, sustainability, and purpose.
While we are committed to providing Veterans with a safe, warm place to stay for the night, we are equally interested in forging meaningful relationships with them. These bonds allow for our staff to serve as mediators and connectors between Veterans and the variety of Veteran service organizations in Portland.
Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America (OPVA), incorporated in 1976, is a chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America. OPVA serves the needs of its Members – U.S. military veterans with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D) – and helps them enjoy the highest possible quality of life.OPVA, Members, Associate Members, Family Members, Volunteers, and allied organizations work to provide leadership and advocacy in
- Improving health care and SCI/D research and education
- Protecting veterans rights and benefits
- Improving awareness of disability rights
- Offering sports and health-promotion activities
- Increasing accessibility and removing architectural barriers in Oregon, Southwest Washington, and Idaho.
A 501(c)(3) charity, OPVA relies on grants and donations from members of the public.
When Disabled Veterans are discharged from their respective services, they face many unique challenges integrating into civilian life. From physical ailments to mental disorders such as PTSD, our returning service members must not only overcome these new challenges but also face employers that sometimes feel their military training is not an attribute. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.
The training required to be successful in today’s military, across the services, is as advanced as any employer could hope for. Add the personal discipline military personnel are ingrained with, and many of the men and women coming out of today’s military are likely prime candidates for a wide variety of employment positions. Many of these positions require certification or training that was not available or received on active duty. The Disabled Veterans Benefit Fund provides opportunities by way of scholarships as well as tailored mentorships for our veterans to obtain the training they need to succeed without the burden of how to pay for it.
The DVBF also makes funds available for emergency situations that our Disabled Veterans are likely to face. From desperately needed home repairs to counseling for a dependent child affected by their parent’s service, the fund provides the means on a case-by-case basis to turn the potential disaster into an opportunity for success.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be a Salute to Veterans Car & Motorcycle Show at the Washington County Fair Complex this year - 2021?
We are very sad to say that we cannot have our 10th Annual Show this year, as Gov. Brown has mandated that we can only have a whopping 300 people (at the Low level – where she thinks we will be in August in Washington Co.) We usually have 2-3,000 people roaming around throughout the day! But mark your calendar for August 13th 2022!
Is there an alternative Salute to Veterans Car & Motorcycle Show event planned?
Yes! We will have our 1st Annual Salute to Veterans Car & Motorcycle POKER RUN on August 14th , 2021. Keep watching this site as we fill in the details starting the end of April.
Is the Poker Run going to be a fundraiser for the homeless veterans and their families in need?
Funds raised this year will go to the local Veterans Village which is transitional housing (small pods) for homeless veterans, where they receive services, meals, and many comforts of home! Funds will also assist the Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America and Disabled Veterans Benefit Fund.
What has the money raised at the previous Car & Motorcycle Shows been used for?
Examples of projects we have funded are a major structure ADA ramp to the second floor of the Salvation Army Veterans & Family Center, which houses homeless veterans and their families. Also, a BBQ area, Children’s Play Structures and Children’s School Supplies, and Raised Bed Gardens. In 2019 we purchased a beautiful passenger van for the Veterans Village, as they have no bus service nearby.
How can I volunteer for the events – either the August 14th Poker Run or 2022 Car & Motorcycle Show?
Please call Lynn at 503 780 4670 or email her at email@example.com. They are both very fun days, and there are lots of volunteer opportunities.