Community Outreach Benefits the Wounded Warrior Project through Local Event
Derksen Co. Supports the 5th Annual Oshkosh Wounded Warrior Project Bocce Ball Tournament
Over the last weekend in August, Derksen Co. sponsored teams playing in the 5th Annual Oshkosh Wounded Warrior Project Bocce Ball Tournament. This is a yearly event held at the Paine Art Center and Gardens in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Derksen Co. has been a proud sponsor of this event since its beginnings and has participated in the tournament for all five years of its operation. Derksen Co. has a history of community outreach in the Fox Cities and participates in a number of charitable outreach programs, primarily focusing on supporting veterans and Native American communities.
Wounded Warrior Project
The Wounded Warrior Project is a charitable organization that helps veterans and active duty service members. The organization’s primary focus is on veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or were wound while serving in the military on or after September 11, 2001. More than 52,000 servicemen and women have been physically injured in recent military conflicts. Approximately 500,000 are living with invisible wounds, from depression to post-traumatic stress disorder, and around 320,000 are experiencing debilitating brain trauma. The Wounded Warrior project seeks to provide individualized treatment and support for service members who have sustained injuries while serving the nation.
Oshkosh WWP Bocce Ball Tournament
Founded by David Willeford in 2013, the Oshkosh Wounded Warrior Project Bocce Ball Tournament has raised over $40,000 in its five years of operation. Businesses in the Oshkosh area and surrounding Fox Cities, alongside Derksen Co., sponsor teams in the tournament. The tournament’s entire proceeds, which numbered over $9,000 this year, goes to benefit the WWP and its causes.
Derksen Co. Community Outreach and Charitable Initiatives
Derksen Co.’s list of charitable outreach initiatives spans a wide range of programs. Some of these include the Wounded Warrior Project, the American Cherokee Confederation and Saint Joseph’s School in Chamberlain, South Dakota, located on the Sioux Reservation. Derksen Co. has also been a proud supporter of the Salvation Army, focusing on the organization’s annual toy drive that provides toys and gifts to children in need during the holiday season. Derksen Co. has also helped build an endowment fund for the Menominee College and is a co-sponsor of a scholarship fund for the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh College of Business for Native American students and Hmong students.