Parade Beneficiary Spotlight: Denis V. Cooper Foundation – Wishes for Heroes

As part of putting on our Annual Tribute to Heroes Parade, we partner with local Veterans Not-for-Profit organizations, and the proceeds from the event are distributed between them.

This year, there were many qualified organizations that were considered to be our beneficiaries. In the end, the committee chose 3 organizations who do so much for our veterans.

We will be taking time to highlight each of them via our blog. Today, we highlight the Denis V. Cooper Foundation, Granting Wishes for Military Veterans and their Families… Wishes for Heroes!

Core Values

The Denis V. Cooper Foundation – ‘Wishes for Heroes”… understands the challenges, pride, and joy of being a military family. For today, tomorrow, and years to come, we will strive to meet the changing needs of service members and their families.

Our goal is to enhance the quality of life for military veterans and their families. We are dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our military heroes and their families.

The Denis V. Cooper Foundation – “Wishes for Heroes”… is a civilian 501(c 3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Donations will directly assist service members and their families, from each military branch.

Our 3rd annual signature Fun-Raiser event will take place on Saturday, June 10th, 2017 at Budweiser/Gold Coast Eagle Distributing in Lakewood Ranch. The event is called “Red, White & Brew” it is a Beer and Food Tasting event (21 and up only). If you would like to buy tickets and/or learn more about our mission, simply click here: (tickets can be purchased online on this site, through the “events” tab securely through Paypal…. $100 per person, for an inspiring and patriotic evening which includes food and drink.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask… (and if you are curious, as to the complete story behind the idea of the foundation, I have detailed that on our website,

Sample a Variety of Amazing Beers (through Gold Coast Eagle), while Enjoying Spectacularly Paired Food from Local Restaurants (Anna Maria Oyster Bar, Basil’s on 1st St . & Nancy’s Bar-B-Q).

We’ll have a few special Military Speakers as well as Live Music with Billy Lyon & Gene Hodson (from “Spark Notes”). It is an evening meant to be fun, while also remembering the sacrifices that our Military Heroes and their families make. We would love for you to be a part of our signature fun-raising event, as we honor those who have served and raise funds to help grant Wishes for Heroes!