KWO, Inc is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible. Tax ID # 27-3572370
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PRESIDENT / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Kip West is a professional archer from Wakefield, Va. In January of 2005 a good friend of his, Marine Sgt. Jayton Daniel Patterson, was killed in Iraq. To honor Jayton, Kip started KWO. The sole purpose of this organization is to introduce wounded military men and women to the outdoors via bowhunting and fishing.
Born of triumph and tragedy, Bobby Pinson's songs embody the power and integrity to take them across the width of today's musical landscape. Political statements, personal mantras, real-life situations and the examination of the human condition all find a place in Bobby's diverse material. When the panhandle Texan sings of who he is, where he's been, and at what cost, his photographic voice rings with gritty truth. "I've been wrong enough to know what right is," says Pinson of his life that's so vividly depicted in the music that he affectionately calls "Gutter and Grace." "A John Deere tractor with an airplane engine" best describes Bobby's explosive mixture of country roots, rock 'n' roll energy and down-to-earth lyrics that spring from his heart. Bobby has written several number one songs including his latest, “MADE IN AMERICA” performed by Toby Keith. Not only is Bobby a driving force for the KWO finance committee, he has also played at several KWO events for his brothers-in-arms. http://www.bobbypinson.com
Born and raised in Dayton Ohio, Joe Caverlee fell in love with music and the outdoors at an early age. Pursuing a career in music he has called Tennessee home for the past 20 years. Joe has played fiddle for many artists including Ken Mellons, Yankee Grey and Tracy Lawrence where he has been the musical director for the past 10 years. Joe also loves to write music and having a lot of friends in the bow hunting industry has composed theme songs for some of your favorite hunting shows. He is currently on pro staff at BowTech, Spot-Hogg, Vanguard and Morrell targets but one of his proudest positions in the wildlife world is being on the finance committee of KWO. Joe met Kip at a “Salute to our Heroes” event in Wakefield, Virginia a few years back and was so blown away with what Kip was doing for these fine young men and women that he wanted to be a part of KWO and help out however he could. They have been the best of friends ever since. Joe is always right there to try to help make it a continued success serving the people who have served our beloved country, being in one of his favorite places to be....outdoors.
Born and raised in Wakefield, VA, David Peck is the General Manager and co-owner of Belmont Peanuts of Southampton. David joined Patsy and Bob Marks in 2004 and together they created a facility on the Marks' Farm which produces some the finest Gourmet Peanuts and peanut products available. David's relationship with our military began when his younger brother Derek enlisted in the Army and served in Kosovo, Bosnia and the invasion of Iraq. David's step son Rob just returned from Iraq in December of 2011 from a nine month tour. David joined forces with KWO in the spring of 2010 to help Kip organize the Salute to our Heroes event. After working with Kip the first year and getting to meet and spend time with some these remarkable young men and women who have served us so unselfishly, David committed to do whatever he could to insure that KWO continues to serve these heroes.
Dr. Sharon Rogers is an assistant professor at East Carolina University (Greenville, NC) in the Department of Health Education and Promotion and is licensed as a certified athletic trainer. Her expertise is helping communities develop access to sports medicine and she is particularly interested in working with wounded military to optimize physical function. Sharon is the granddaughter of a Marine Corps aviator and niece of a Navy corpsman and was raised to appreciate the sacrifices of the military and their families. As a native of Wakefield, VA and childhood friend of Kip West, she has been involved with fundraising for KWO since 2010. Sharon owns and operates The Hideaway, a bed-and-breakfast in Wakefield, and proudly provides accommodations for attendees to KWO events.
Dr. Sharon Rogers
Woo Daves is a native of Virginia and a veteran Professional Bass Angler. He has won numerous B.A.S.S. tournaments including the prestigious Bassmasters Classic in 2000. Woo is responsible for making KWO fishing events memorable for troops by always being present and bringing other incredible anglers to the water to fish with our heroes. Woo is also very instrumental in helping with small game hunts and fundraising for KWO.
Mike Poh is a world-class archer and owner of Pat’s Sporting Goods in Chester, Va. Mike is also one of the most reputable bow mechanics on the east coast. Mike heads up the group of archery experts for the Salute To Our Heroes events and individually teaches and sets up bows for the warriors attending. He is an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman. Mike has maintained close friendships with the wounded warriors he has met and he is also a very important member of KWO.