Cluster Busters

Charley Wright

The St. Louis VA National Veterans Boccia Team “Cluster Busters” traveled to Chicago this December to compete in the Boccia Regional Tournament. There were over 60 athletes who competed in the two day competition. With only four of our team members able to travel, we brought home two gold, one silver and one bronze. Cluster Busters had a total of 30 individual competitions with only four of those came with a loss. Doug Barnes BC5 Gold, Rose Ganz Open Silver, Lou Monken Open Bronze and Joey Avellone also comes home with a gold and went undefeated during the match and will travel with the USA Boccia Team to Montreal Canada this spring. We are very proud of our Cluster Busters Boccia Team and look forward to an exciting 2017. 

Georgia 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.

Accessible Vehicle Grant

At the end of every fiscal year (June), the Gateway Chapter awards $35,000 and $10,000 accessible vehicle grants. The financial standing of the Chapter of each year determines how many grants the Chapter is able to award. Announcements of when the Chapter is accepting applications for the grant will be posted on Facebook, Twitter, emailed and in the Gateway Gazette each year.

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

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.