Atlanta Aquarium Dives

Charley Wright

Members of the Gateway PVA Chapter and other disabled veterans from all around the USA descend upon Atlanta, Georgia to dive and snorkel at the Georgia Aquarium. The St. Louis VA SCI Recreation Therapy Department and LifeWaters (non-profit disabled scuba foundation) participate in the “Veterans Immersion Program” twice a year in Atlanta. Over 60 disabled veterans, family members and volunteer dive staff take part of the veterans’ weekend. Veterans and family members receive first class treatment throughout the weekend from the aquarium staff and their volunteer dive teams. Family members have the opportunity to not only get private tours but also have the perfect picture moments to see their loved ones scuba diving and snorkeling with four whale sharks and various other salt water creatures from all around the world. With over 6+ millions of gallons of water to play in, our veterans have life changing moments coming face to face with whale sharks that measure over 20 feet in length and manta rays who have wing spans of over 15 feet. If you are interested in participating contact Charley Wright SCI Recreation Therapist/Adaptive Scuba Instructor for more information.

Annual Trapshoot

2016
We would like to thank the Gateway Gun Club, United Access, Winchester Facilities, and H&S Co. 3/23 4th Marine Division for making our Annual Membership Trapshoot a blast for our members.

Trout Lodge

Trout Lodge is always action-packed! Jefferson Barracks Recreation Therapists Charley Wright and Matt Luitjohan always do a spectacular job organizing the event!

Photos courtesy of Noel Dillard - 2016

Trout Lodge 2017

2016 Ladue News Awards Banquet

2016 Ladue News Awards Banquet

Photo and video courtesy of Ladue News
 Gateway Chapter was honored at the June 16, 2016, Charity Awards Benefit sponsored by Ladue News. The publication recognized nine local charities and selected three as their “winners.” Gateway Chapter was one of the three and received a $1,000 monetary award. Pictured above are Gateway members Rose Ganz, Doug Barnes, Chad Buder, LaRoy Smith, and President Stan Brown. Also pictured above standing from left to right are Victor Ganz, Debby Barnes, Kendall Maedge , Dave Barnes and Barb Hamilton.

Gateway Chapter was honored at the June 16, 2016, Charity Awards Benefit sponsored by Ladue News. The publication recognized nine local charities and selected three as their “winners.” Gateway Chapter was one of the three and received a $1,000 monetary award. Pictured above are Gateway members Rose Ganz, Doug Barnes, Chad Buder, LaRoy Smith, and President Stan Brown. Also pictured above standing from left to right are Victor Ganz, Debby Barnes, Kendall Maedge , Dave Barnes and Barb Hamilton.

Annual National PVA Convention Awards

70th Annual National PVA Convention

  “President’s Award” for the most “innovative and successful” new program of a PVA Chapter.

“President’s Award” for the most “innovative and successful” new program of a PVA Chapter.

  President Brown accepting on behalf of the Gateway Chapter the 2016 “President’s Award” for the most “innovative and successful” new program of a PVA Chapter.

President Brown accepting on behalf of the Gateway Chapter the 2016 “President’s Award” for the most “innovative and successful” new program of a PVA Chapter.

 On behalf of the Gateway Chapter, President Brown accepted the “Most Outstanding Chapter” award for 2016 (there are 34 Chapters of Paralyzed Veterans of America).

On behalf of the Gateway Chapter, President Brown accepted the “Most Outstanding Chapter” award for 2016 (there are 34 Chapters of Paralyzed Veterans of America).

 Dr. Jai Park receiving the non-member Speedy Award for 2016. This award is given “in recognition of significant contributions to improving the lives of America’s paralyzed veterans.”

Dr. Jai Park receiving the non-member Speedy Award for 2016. This award is given “in recognition of significant contributions to improving the lives of America’s paralyzed veterans.”