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Donors & Sponsors | PetsLoyal2Vets

Donors & Sponsors

The following names, organizations and companies are recognized for their generous donations and support.  

Special Recognition: A special thank you goes out to our top two donors who have provided incredible support for Pets Loyal 2 Vets crucial programs for veterans diagnosed and treated for PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injuries and Military Physical Assault Traumas. Click each image below to learn more about these two great programs.

Chuck N Dons  We wish to thank Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Outlets for their generous donation of $86,182.11 during the June/July 2015 Awareness Campaign driven through their 26 stores. The employees were fantastic and their customers were very supportive. We visited all 26 stores and discussed our programs with customers who were very supportive of helping veterans and in making their donations. Pets Loyal 2 Vets is proud to announce a second generous donation from Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Stores for the June/July 2017 Awareness Campaign in the amount of $64,084.89. To date we have served in one capacity or another, 23 veterans with five in class beginning November 18, 2017 and 6 more in process for the next cohort so thank you very much Chuck & Don’s. It’s a lengthy process selecting the proper dogs from a variety of rescue services and then matching that dog with the specific needs and personalities of veterans and their families which is why we are not a cookie cutter program. We thank all those store associates who have done such a great job in helping spread the word and raise awareness for military service members.

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs – Support Our Troops License Plate Program raises funds to distribute to Minnesota non-profit organizations and in July 2016, Pets Loyal 2 Vets was awarded with a two year grant as part of the Support Our Troops License Plate Program with an incredible grant of $65.000. To learn more go to: http://mn.gov/mdva/resources/supporttroopslicenseplates.jspmdva-home-page-image



The Bryan McDonough Military Heroes Foundation is a nonprofit organization supporting Minnesota servicemen and women returning from deployments around the world. The Bryan McDonough Military Heroes Foundation was established to support soldiers adjusting to life with the physical and psychological wounds of war.

The Bryan McDonough Military Heroes Foundation is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) organization. All donations go to those heroes that serve our country and those that provide support to those heroes. Our current mission is focused on those with Minnesota connections.  Pets Loyal 2 Vets is very thankful for their $10,000 donation in 2016 provided by the Bryan McDonough Military Heroes Foundation ensuring the progress of serving wounded Minnesota Veterans recieve certified dogs to assist them with their wounds.

On December 2, 2006, Bryan happened to be the driver of his squad’s brand new Humvee out on routine patrol. He was following a Bradley Fighting Vehicle, a tracked vehicle that most of us would call a “Tank” down a road near their base. The Bradley has a wider track than that of a Humvee and somehow missed the massive IED that Bryan drove over. The blast killed Bryan instantly. Corey Rystad was seated directly behind Bryan and was tragically killed. John Kriesel lost both of his legs. Two others, including Tim Nelson survived the blast.

Pets Loyal 2 vets is proud to announce another generous gift in 2017 of $10,000 donated thanks to the annual fundraising efforts and the fine folks at the Brian McDonough Military Heroes Foundation. The badly needed funds will continue our mission to ensure dogs get matched and trained for Minnesota veterans free of charge with service connected traumatic brain injuries and Post Traumatic Stress. To date we have served in one capacity or another, 23 veterans with 6 in traiuning and 6 more in process so thank you very much to the Brian McDonopugh Military Heroes Foundation.

Tee It Up for the Troops was founded in 2005 when the family of a soldier serving in Iraq asked him what he needed. His response was “Forget about me, do something for the soldiers and their families back home”. Tee It Up for the Troops was established to honor that selfless request. Since those humble beginnings, Tee It Up for the Troops has hosted over 360 fundraising events in more than 40 states across the USA.

These events have allowed us to donate over $7,000,000 to local veterans organizations that support our wounded warriors, as well as to national charities such as Fisher House Foundation, Warfighter Sports, a division of Disabled Sports USA, and Hope For The Warriors. Donations now exceed more than $1 million annually. Pets Loyal 2 Vets attended the 2016 Golf Tournament and was incredibly grateful to have received a donation for Minnesota Veterans in the amount of $5,000. Donations from Tee It Up For The Troops has helped countless Veteran Organization so we may continue our Mission to Support Our Troops.

The Mall of America® is located in Bloomington, Minnesota, just outside Minneapolis, and is the largest mall in the country.  Every year more than 40 million visitors from all over the globe come to shop tax free for clothing and shoes, enjoy live entertainment, ride thrilling roller coasters and sample some of the best restaurants around. The Mall of America® has more than 500 stores, 50 restaurants, 7 nightclubs and a movie theatre.

Pets Loyal 2 Vets was selected by the Mall staff for an organization that gets invloved in the communities by supporting injured veterans with service and companion dogs and is helping raise awareness for veterans with PTSD. Their generous $15,000 donation will help support a new Service Dog and Companion Dog through training and certification and we are very excited to have been selected for this 2018 project.

If you are looking to donate to the “In Memory of” section below, and want specific information mentioned, please send your comments to jeff@pl2vets.org so we make sure that gets listed.  Depending on the donation portal you select on this web site, will depend on whether you are able to leave additional information.  If in doubt, please send us an e-mail with all of the relevant information so we can post it on your behalf.

$10,000 Medal of Honor $5,000 Silver Star $2,500 Bronze Star $1,000 Purple Heart $500 Service Medal 
American Legion Post #580 Jerry & Elle Blomquist American Legion Post #282 American Legion Post #1776 Affinity Plus, Lakeville, MN
Minneapolis Electrical Industry Support The Troops Anonymous  Cleary Lake Animal Hospital Jill DuLac, Dental Edina, MN
Prior Lake Lions American Legion Post #435 Jeremy Shepard Interstate Truck Driving School Minnesota AMVETS
Petco Mendota, Minnesota AMVETS   Bubbly Paws St. Louis Park, MN    American Legion Post #435
Bryan McDonough Military Heroes Foundation X 2 PetSmart   Remember Rally, Luverne, MN Peter Fischer
Alerus Mortgage  Prior Lake Lions X4   Susan Ritter Liza Robson
  American Legion Post #580   Apple Valley Redimix Cleary Lake Animal Hospital
  Tee It Up For The Troops   American Legion Post #1776 McCauley Family Charitable Fund  
      American Legion Post #1776 Don Himsl
      Team Chevrolet Ft. Snelling Chapel Foundation 
      Interstate Truck Driving School Peter & Cynthia Christensen
      Phil & Brenda Atkinson VFW Post #4210
      Bruce, Kathy & Michael Boe Eric & Kathy Bunkers
      Remember Rally, Luverne, MN Judith Weidt
      Petsmart  Renee Berens
      Ft. Snelling Chapel Foundation Great Clips, Inc.
      Bell Mortgage State Bank & Trust Philip & Brenda Atkinson 
      Little Family Foundation  Schwab Charitable 
      DaVita Inc.  Karen Welch 
American Legion Post 622 Shakopee Lions
Jessica Barry
Karen Welch
American Legion Post #622
Robert Hoyt
St. Francis Am. Legion #622
$250 Rescued Dog $100 Veteran Buddy  $50 Battle Buddy $25 Camp Buddy $10 Honorable Mention
Debra Chellsen Nick & Wendy Rueger Barbara Strank Trevor Stewart Susan Weikum-Johnson
Suzanne Ricecreek Cheryl Smoley Michael Franz Alexandra Hennekens Anonymous
J.C. Younger Company Gary & Sue Slatter Linda Worel Melissa Schedler Anonymous
Terrill Herbig Affinity Plus, St. Paul, MN Jeanne Wolf Josi Severson Affinity Plus, Lakeville, MN
LeAnn Zogg Mary & Carl Peters DAV Precious Metals     Affinity Plus, Lakeville, MN Jeff Perkins
Lisa Willy Thrivent Financial Mike Wooten Wendy Apitz Douglas Wheeler
Dave & Niki Leonard American Legion Post #334 Barb Ranum Tricia Harder Diana Lillicrap
  Lawrence Fryklund Jr. Heather Mickus Cameron Sherrard Vicki Andersen
  Margaret Fryklund Kim Delgado Margaret Schiller  Sara Kaley
  VFW Post #2757 Charles Puleston  James Mather Kathy Reddin
  Kevin Burkart Alyssa Knipp Abby Methven  Anonymous
  Jodi Byland Jerry Olson  David Lies Kathrine Sherrard
  Marine Corp League, Savage, MN Love Nyala Kristin Hanson Sally Cleland
  Tara O’Neil Delores Johnson            Kevin Ireland Sharon Hambley x 16
  Mary Hoglund Rosanne ONeill  Lori Swanson  Rachel Rixen
  Cindy Gaup Amanda Meyer  Lori Haines Robert Conrad 
  Vicki Sheaffer Anne Seaberg  Ronald & Donna Fraker Tom McKenna
  Thomas Diehl Kathleen Hunt Theo Cowdin Fred Jurewicz 
  Richard Fell Joan Kay Blaska  Ann Miller  Excel Energy Foundation
  Robert & Sharyl Shockman Joseph & Stephanie Newinski   George & Marianne Nold   
  Susan B. Bibi O’Connell  Robert & Kathleen Friendt   
  Jack LeBaron x 4 Tommie Hollingsworth Michelle Gust   
  Heidi Hoff Marissa Grodnick  Stanley & Julie Anderson  
  Ian Bagg Patrick Davidson  Code People   
  Judith Aretz Maureen Monchamp  Nancy Hovey   
  Forest Lake VFW Post #4210 Mary Zeece  Stephanie Naess   
  American Legion Auxiliary Post #224 Janne Albertson Amy Smith  
  Cynthia & RO Snow Xcel Energy Foundation Tim Taylor & Anita Underdahl   
  Ann Dale U.S. Bank Reston, VA    
  Beverly Taki      
  Barry & Carol Eklund      
Lissa Walter    
Pamela Fehn    
Eonna Scanlon
Jessica Barry
Kathleen Thayer
David Christenson 
Lori Proehl
Lynn Mausolf
American Legion Post #111 Somerset, WI
Brenda Lund
Dawn Raadt
Diane & Lee Felicetta

Special donations that do not fall within any of the categories above:

Prior Lake Chamber of Commerce $2,530.00   William & Mary Sova      $320.00
Prudential Foundation Matching Gifts    $350.00   Hildebrand Concessions, Inc.     $350.00
American Legion Post#643 $200.00   American Legion Post #111 Sommerset, WI $200.00
Grainger Foundation $3,500.00   Wendy Breheim $58.00
Hopkins VFW Post #425 $300.00   Brenda Buckles  $185.00
Fox Graphics $1,500.00   Phillip & Shelley Wallander  $29.00
Blue Star Mothers of Minnesota Chap 8 $4,000.00   Anthony Glyzinski  $150.00
Wilmer, MN American Legion Junior Auxiliary  $600.00   Janine Albertson  $30.00
NCI Fleet Services $575.00   Michael & rebecca Barbacovi  $30.00
NCI Holdings $1,120.00   Jennifer Goodale  $155.00
Mary Kallstrom $20.00   Shannon Nee $427.00
Barb Dvorak St Aubin $20.00   Gerald Cadwell  $225.00
Margaret Duenow $30.00   Robert & carol Hochhalter  $162.00
Mdewakanton Sioux Community $3,500.00   Edward & Vicki Lawry  $62.00
Chuck N Don’s Pets Food Outlets $86,182.11   Kevin & Charlene Nygaard  $75.00
I Heart Radio Cities 97 $15,000   Charles & Annette Johnson  $75.00
Rosemount Post 9433 VFW Auxiliary $1,200.00   Jamie Rasmussen   $450.00
James & Dianna Burton, Olympia, WA $200.00   Dawn Caruso     $200.00
Dana Briggs $200.00   Crossfit URSA Ramsey, MN $1,500.00
Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post #3839 District 6 $282.00   The Benevity Community Impact Fund $100.25
Mt. Hermon Evangelical Lutheran Church $270.00   Community Shares of Minnesota $200.00
I Heart Radio Cities 97 $15,000   The K Foundation $118.88
Minnesota Dept. of Veteran Affairs – SOT $65,000   Clay County Social Services Employees, Moorhead, MN  $150.00
HOM Furniture, Inc. Coon Rapids, MN $500.00   Target Corporation Employee Engagement program   $110.00
The Benevity Community Impact Fund $492.46   Patricia Boyd  $40.00
John Gustafson $40.00   Target Corporation Employee Engagement Program    $60.00
Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Chanhassen, MN $482.00   Target Corporation Employee Engagement Program  $30.00
Church of the Blessed Sacrament  $930.00   Chuck & Don’s Pet Food Stores  $64,084.89
Tamara Barlette $1,210.00   Brenda Smith   $75.00
Bob & Brenda Schuster $1,292.50   Rebecca Fee & the Clay County Social Services Employees $150.00
Teresa Briest $400.00   Jeremy Shepard – Dean’s Plumbing, Heating, Air and Drains $2,500
Robin Herman – Ohio   $20.00   Dallas Shank – Ohio  $20.00
Tee It Up For The Troops $4,000.00   Mall of America  $15,000
Chuck & Don’s  $166.67   GiveMN  $639.83
Target Corporation $20.00   Bob & Brenda Schuster   $3,000.00
Brian & Julia Coe $95.00   Julia & Joseph Atkins $157.00
Jay Noseworthy $138.00   Kelly & James Dahl $60.00
Sons of the American Legion Post 111     $200.00   Patricia Robertson  $493.00
Mary & William Sova  $360.00   Deborah Peterson  $140.00
Tim & Jennifer Hutchinson    $28.00   Israel Calzada  $75.00
Edward & Vicki Lawry  $150.00   Charles & Annette Johnson $160.00
Kevin Nygaard $162.00   Dr. Robert Hochhalter $107.00
Patti Meyer   $42.00   Delores Spangenberg  $30.00
Donald & Janis Guerin $55.00   Dale & Janie German $69.50
Matthew & Danielle Hintz $56.50   Christopher Polfus $197.00
Jeanne Dulon $104.00   Anthony Glyzinski $215.00
Warren & Jean Irle $55.00   Samuel & Amanda Wanta $20.00
Charles & Janice Frawley $30.00   Robin & Brenda Buckles $60.00
Teresa Christensen $45.00   Nicole Marie Moulzolf  $25,000.00
Chuck & Don’s $255.04   Duluth, MN Rotary Club  $400.00
Kelly Florence $52.00   Teresa Briest   $400.00
Rosa Lee $150.00   Dennis & Marlys Harris $40.00
Jennifer Chhoun $300.00   Rotary Club of Cloquet, MN $1,500.00
Jeff & Paula Finkelstein $40.00   Illinois Tool Works Inc. $15,000.00
Bob & Brenda Schuster $6,613.00   Burnsville Honor Society $624.38
Network For Good $215.00   Carolyn Gilbertson  $30.00
Prior Lake Chamber of Commerce $224.00
In Memory of:  This section is dedicated in memory of a special Veteran or family dog. If a veteran, please
include their branch of service, rank and if they ever served overseas.
Donor                         Amount        In Memory of                  
American Legion Post #259 $300 “Doug Pahl”
Debra Chellsen $250 “Hazel” & all our rescued pets
Linda Worel $50 “Robert C. Baker” a WWII Veteran
Janet & Jack Worel $10  “Robert C. Baker” a WWII Veteran
Kenneth Anderson $25 “Robert C. Baker” a WWII Veteran
Mary & Roger Stelljes $25 “Robert C. Baker” a WWII Veteran
Lorraine Enger $25 “Robert C. Baker” a WWII Veteran
Robert & Lucia Haugh $25 “Robert C. Baker” a WWII Veteran
Nancy Rheinhart $30 “Robert C. Baker” a WWII Veteran
Merrilee Riley $50 “Robert C. Baker” a WWII Veteran
Tom & Jacqueline LeVesque $310 “Robert C. Baker” a WWII Veteran   
Kurt Hauf $50 “Ben Akkerman” 
Jerry & Elle Blomquist $5,000 “Nathan Blomquist” Iraq Veteran
Sharyn Eddleston $400 “Greg Eddleston” U.S. Marine Iraq Veteran
Fox Graphics LTD. $1,500 “Zachary Rehberger”
Maggie, Hal, Buster and Trigger Bass  $25 “Spike”
Debra Dusterfhoft $400 “Gary Dusterhoft”  U.S. Navy 
Delores Johnson $50 “Al Johnson”
William L. Johnson Family Charitable Fund $50 “David Roy Malzahn”
Solution Builders Inc. $300 “David Roy Malzahn”
David Hensen & Marilyn Allpress $50  “David Roy Malzahn”
Victoria Aryeetey $100 “David Roy Malzahn”
Angela Davis $100 “David Roy Malzahn”
Jessica Nowell $100 “David Roy Malzahn”
Lisa Schmidt $100 “David Roy Malzahn”
Amanda Meyer  $25 “Spike Bass”
Kathleen Sorensen & Family $1,525 “Eugene F. Sorensen”  U.S. Air Force, Korea 
Rosa Lee $150 “GySgt Greg Eddelston” U.S. Marine, Iraq
K.S. Sorensen  $25 “Blaine Bainbridge” U.S. AirForce 
Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 3839 District 6 $50 “Donation from Ex-POW’s”
Andrea Yesnes $120  “Richard Karlson”
Sandra Mathe $50 “Richard Karlson”
Clayton Enebo & Kim Hyvarinen $25 “Richard Karlson”
Deanne Stokes $25 “Richard Karlson”
Brenda Lund $100 “Mike Kasper”
Kathleen Thayer $100 “Richard A. Karlson” passing on 9-30-2017
Marissa Grodnick & Family $50 “Richard A. Karlson” passing on 9-30-2017
A special tribute to Doug Phal
Doug Pahl was a veteran and a die hard concrete mason who was suddenly taken while on his way to another concrete job. He loved working with concrete and for those who don’t know, Doug was one of the crew who laid and hand finished the concrete in the Pets Loyal 2 Vets training facility. He is truly missed. To see a photo of Doug and the rest of the concrete crew go to our photo gallery: http://petsloyal2vets.org/wppg_photogallery/gallery7/
A special tribute to Robert C. Baker
Dear Sir:  My wife’s father (Robert C. Baker) passed away early in October 2013 at the age of 92; he was a World War II veteran who served his country as a Seebee in the Southern Pacific during that period. He had always been concerned about his country’s veterans and particularly those who returned from various conflicts over the years with both the hard physical and mental issues that they would be face with upon returning home.
Coupled with his appreciation of what animals are capable of achieving, we thought it appropriate that we request memorials relative to his passing be directed to an organization that was dedicated to assisting these veterans and we especially wanted it to be a local organization. 
For this reason, we found and selected your organization as an appropriate way to follow through with his thoughts and concerns for our veterans. Please find enclosed the donations that were collected for this purpose in the amount of $500.00.
Jackie & Tom LeVesque 
Minnetonka, MN
A special tribute to Veteran Nathan Blomquist
Nathan served in the 6/8 Calvary in Iraq, then was suddenly taken away in a car accident in Minnesota. 
A special tribute to Greg Eddleston
We are sending you this donation in memory of our son GYST Greg Eddleston, USMC. Greg served in the US Marines for 16 years, did two tours in Iraq and was diagnosed with PTSD. On October 30, 2012, Greg took his own life.  I would like to personally thank you for what you are doing, maybe if Greg had a dog it would have helped and he would be here today. He was a proud Marine and loved what he did.
Sharyn Eddleston
Star Touring & Riding
Twin Chapter 292 Motorcycle Club
Lino Lakes, MN
A special tribute to Eugene F. Sorensen
Gene, as he was known by friends and family, served in the U.S. Air Force in Korea. He grew up with three brothers along the Mississippi River in St. Cloud, MN.  Gene had several dogs through the years and took them camping, fishing, hiking and on a lot of walks together. We in his family will miss Gene and are proud to be a veteran family and hope this donation will help other veterans heal and feel the love of an animal. 
A special tribute to Mike Kasper (1948-2017) in honor of Mike and his son Scott’s military service in the U.S. Air Force. 
A special tribute to GySgt. U.S. Marine Corps Greg Eddleston from Rosa Lee. Greg suffered from PTSD. Their donation of $150 was provided by Greg’s highschool classmates of Centennial High class of 1996.

To see your corporate or individual sponsorship listed in the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Silver Star or Medal of Honor category, click our donation badge on our home page. It’s easy and fast when you use a debit or credit card. You will receive acknowledgment of your contribution and we will e-mail you a personalized receipt.  All donors from the $1,000 Purple Heart Medal to the $10,000 Medal of Honor category will receive a handsome personalized donor’s package and permanent recognition on our website and training center.