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  • Support The Vets | The Fern 45

    SPONSOR THE 2024 FERN 45 POKER RUN ​ Thank you so much for taking interest in sponsoring this event and our veterans! ​ ALL SPONSORS MUST FILL OUT THE FORM SPONSORSHIPS CLOSE SEPT 1 - ANY SPONSORSHIPS RECEIVED AFTER SEPT 1 WILL NOT RECEIVE ALL SPONSORS BENEFITS If you have any questions please reach out to Shari Walsh at 775-848-8896 or shariwalsh@thefern45.com ​ THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! Download Proposal PDF Fill out Sponsorship Form (Inside is all the costs and benefits!)

  • Veterans Resources | The Fern 45

    Veteran Resources Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one? ​ You're not alone—the Veterans Crisis Line is here for you. You don't have to be enrolled in VA benefits or health care to call. Call 1-800-273-8255 or Text 838255 Vision All Nevada Veterans and their families understand, and can connect to, benefits and services they have earned. ​ Mission Serve Nevada Veterans by honoring their remarkable legacy and by connecting them to earned benefits and services. Through our seven major lines of effort we: Professionally assist Veterans and their families obtain Federal and State Veterans benefits. Provide quality skilled nursing care at our State Veterans Homes. Provide dignified burial support at our State Veterans Memorial Cemeteries. Manage effective programs addressing the needs of at-risk Veterans. Successfully integrate returning Servicemembers and Veterans into Nevada communities. Honor the service and sacrifice of all Nevada’s Veterans and their families through ceremonies and information campaigns. Assist, and coordinate the efforts of, service organizations and individuals insofar as their activities benefit Nevada Veterans, Servicemembers, and their families. The Nation’s Largest Provider of Service Dogs for Veterans ​ Determined to end veteran suicide, K9s For Warriors provides highly-trained Service Dogs to military veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma. With the majority of dogs coming from high-kill rescue shelters, this innovative program allows the K9/Warrior team to build an unwavering bond that facilitates their collective healing and recovery. Off-Road Racing for Veterans by Veterans ​ Providing a Unique Approach to Helping Our US Military Veterans of all Generations Through Off-Road Racing ​ OUR MISSION Desert Vets Racing (DVR) is determined to provide immediate team-building, vocational skills, and mental health support access through the sport of racing to US military veterans and active duty personnel - in order to facilitate healthy transitions into civilian life and lower the risk of suicide and substance abuse dependencies. ​ OUR VISION We believe that the growth of locally oriented grassroots activities that involve a combination of technical skills, adrenaline, team effort, and business/marketing skills will ultimately provide a missing piece to the “veteran puzzle” in minimizing the mental health and substance-related struggles we see today. Nevada Drug, Alcohol & Suicide Rates Expected to Grow 40% in 10 Years : Facts, statistics, and understanding Fentanyl Suicide Among Veterans : Discusses the connection between veteran addiction and suicide Suicide and Addiction : Discusses the risk factors, warning signs and prevention, the substances abused, and mental health considerations. Alcoholism and Suicide Risk : Discusses how a substance abuse problem increases the risk of suicide and provides contact information for suicide hotlines. Choosing the Best Inpatient Suicidal Thoughts and Addiction Recovery Center : A guide on how to find help. The Link Between Substance Abuse & Suicide in Teens : Statistics and facts on teenagers' using substances as signs that can lead to suicide For those hoping to find help in their local areas can also use our free directory to locate the nearest treatment facilities or they can use our free text line to start the road to recovery. MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA Military sexual trauma (MST) is the term that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) use to refer to sexual assault or ongoing sexual harassment that occurred while a veteran was in active military service. MST includes any sexual activity an individual was involved in against their will or when they could not say no. ​ People of all ages, genders, racial/ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, and branches of military service have experienced MST. Like other forms of trauma, MST can negatively affect an individual’s physical and psychological health, even many years after the incident. Our new resource helps veterans understand how Medicare works with VA and TRICARE, should a veteran enroll, how to enroll, and most importantly strategies on how to maximize benefits. You can view the guide here: - VA HEALTHCARE & MEDICARE - TRICARE & MEDICARE - ENROLL IN MEDICARE - MEDICARE RESOURCES MEMORY CARE IN NEVADA Alzheimer's disease is listed as the sixth-leading cause of death in Nevada, according to data from the CDC . In 2019 alone, 678 seniors in Nevada died from Alzheimer's-related causes. The number of cases of Alzheimer's in the state is projected to continue to increase. Information from the Alzheimer's Association shows that 49,000 seniors were diagnosed with the condition in 2020, and the number is expected to increase by 30.6% to 64,000 in 2025. CLICK TO LEARN MORE

  • The Fern 45 Off Road Patriot Poker Run

    Video provided by Photoflight Productions, LLC - Official photographer/drone company of The Fern 45 FERn 45 PATRIOT POKER RUN - NOV 7-9 at Reno Fernley Raceway - 1965 S HWY 95A Fernley NV REGISTRATION & SPONSORSHIPS OPEN NOW! REGISTER HERE SPONSOR POKER RUN The sole purpose of our non-profit organization is to raise money each year for the Nevada Veteran's Coalition and other veteran's programs. We provide an opportunity for our community to celebrate their loved veterans, past and present, while also getting to experience our beautiful Nevada backyard. RAISING MONEY FOR OUR VETERANS SINCE 2015 LEARN MORE 2023 was an amazing year of supporting our Veterans! We earmarked funds specifically for to our Donate to Heartbeats initiative to spend by the end of December. This is a program designed to offer direct assistance to our local veterans. Through this initiative, we identify veterans in need of support and step in to provide the assistance they require. We were successfully able to donate a little over 25,000 to our local veterans! We assisted with smaller projects such as pulling weeds or cleaning up yards to paying mortgages, rents and bills. ​ Click here to check out a list of initiatives undertaken to assist veterans in our community Upload my pictures Veteran Honor Wall We owe a debt of gratitude to all of our Veterans who have served and sacrificed for our country. We are blessed to have so many brave men and women - from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines - who have selflessly served in the military. Even if they are no longer actively serving, we are still thankful for all they have done. We are blessed to live in a country where these brave men and women have fought so that we can live in peace and freedom. ​ We will be showing this Veteran Honor Wall at our event on a TV. Come take a look, sit back and see the men and woman that are the reason we do what we do. Without them, none of this would be possible. *Still uploading photos as of 5.17.23* View Veteran Honor Wall To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key. REQUIREMENT BLM requires current, up-to-date registration on the vehicle you are bringing on the course *OUT OF STATE PARTICIPANTS* As long as you have current and up-to-date registration on your vehicle and will not be using the off road trails in NV for more than 15 days, you are good to go!

  • 2023 Event Schedule | The Fern 45

    First time attending? Check out our typical schedule! 2024 will have some changes, but you get the jist! 2023 EVENT SCHEDULE *Please note the events with ** are not set in stone and could change based on how the day is going. Be sure to keep an ear out by the venue to hear everything that is going on and any updates! DO NOT RIDE ON THE COURSE ! If you see red white and blue ribbon, you're on the course. DO NOT LOSE YOUR WRISTBAND **VIP WRISTBANDS - once these are tightened they cannot be loosened so be careful** Tents, Motorhomes, Big ol' Trailers....all are welcome! FCFS (First come first serve) - no savings spots please. If you are interested in a first choice campsite, become a sponsor! No more than 3 trailers to create a "U" Only one full-sized vehicle per cam psite - additional parking is available north and east of the circle track. Dry Camping NO FIREWORKS! Fires must be in pits 5MPH in camping area- please be courteous of others and watch out for the kiddos PICK UP YER TRASH DOGS MUST BE LEASHED! THURSDAY 11/2 12:00 Camping/Check-In/Registr ation/Merch Opens Please do not show up any earlier than 12:00. IF you are not camping but would like to check-in and get your merch - come on down! ​ 3:00 Food Trucks/BAR/cornhole boards OPEN FryDays Fernley Taco Truck 3:30 registration/c heck-in closes If you are arriving later than this, please set up your campsite and meet us at check-in in the morning ! ​ 4:00 The tap wagon opens ​ 5:00 Texas hold em check-in Bring your QR Code if you pre-registered OR come sign up to play (you don't need to know how to pla y, perfect time to learn!) ​ 6:00 Texas hold em starts Live music by Walker Ja ckson ​ 7:00 The tap wagon closes ​ 8:00 Merchandise closes ​ 9:00 Last song - Walker JAckson ​ 10:00 Fern 45 bar closes ​ ​ ​ FRIDAY 11/3 7:00 Breakfast/Coffee/BAR open All Points Grill Dyrt Coffee Fern45 Bloody M ary's & Mimosas ​ 7:30 Registration/Check-in & MERCH open ​ 9:00 Fern45 bar closed ​ 10:00 Vendors open ​ 11:30 registration/merch closed for lunch ​ 12:00 Fern 45 Bar open ​ 1:00 Registration/Merch opens ​ 3:00 Tap wagon & food trucks open FryDays Fernley Taco Truck Steak it Up Bite Me All Points Grill Dyrt Coffee 3:30 Cornhole check in / registration closes Bring your QR code confirmation & your team name! 4:00 cornhole tourney star ts Sta y in the cornhole area! Your team will have 5 minutes to get to your boards after the announcer calls your team name - if you are not at your boards you will forfeit that game. 6:00-? karaoke begins We want to hear those beautiful voices of yours! 9:00 tap Wagon closes ​ 10:00 Fern 45 bar closes ​ SATURDAY 11/4 6:30 Breakfast/coffee/merch opens All Points Grill Dyrt Coffee Fern45 Bloody Mary's 7:00 Registration/check-in/Sponsor check in open GA Entries available! 8:00 MERCH CLOSES FOR 3 hours MANDATORY RIDERS MEETING 8:30 Opening cer emonies Presenting of the colors by the Nevada Veterans Coalition - Honor Guard and singing of the National Anthem by Trisha Zinda. 8:30* Riders meeting Please go to riders meeting! This is where Kelly will be announcing any danger zones, explaining signage and course markings. We will also have volunteers handing out programs and stickers during! ​ 9:00** Poker Run star ts / Registration closed We will stagger start (dirt bikes, atvs, etc.) - if you aren't in a hurry to get out there or you have a big group, feel free to head back to your trailer to get anything you need and then head out! Registration will be transformed into the "6th" cardstop - get your remaining punches and purchase up to 2 extra chip pulls for $20 ea! (p.s. almost all our previous winners have done this) 10:00 ven dors open ​ 11:00 Lunch begins ​ FryDays Fernley Taco Truck Steak it Up Bite Me All Points Grill Dyrt Coffee 2:30 Cardstops closed Didn't get a chance to get to all cardstops? Follow the course back to the venue and stop by the 5th & 6th Cardstop at the venue to finish your remaining chip pulls! 3:00 poker board goes up The numbers on your card will correspond to numbers on this board! When finished getting all your numbers, check your hand - if you didn't win, write your name on the yellow portion, tear off and place in the b in by the stage to enter to win the door prize! 4:00** winner anno unc ed - $500 cash! We will announce the winner as soon as everyone has come back to the venue and pulled all their chips & checked their cards. 4:30 Raffle begins Must be present to win! 5:00 auction items announced 5:30 gun raffle - winners chosen Check out Vet Mech Arms booth to enter! 6:00 teacher band! ​ 9:00 tap Wagon/merch closes ​ 10:00 Fern 45 bar closes or party stops ​

  • Norman Miller | The Fern 45

    Norman Miller 4/22/1922 - 11/8/1977 Master Sargeant US Air Force Served in Korea and Vietnam Previous Next

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  • Colton Bosik | The Fern 45

    Colton Bosik Currently stationed at Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma. Previous Next

  • Dustin Watt | The Fern 45

    Dustin Watt Our son was in the US Navy ~ joining with a SWCC contract, serving from 2016 - 2021. Due to a training related career ending injury, he completed his Service at NAS Fallon with the Special Warfare team. Super proud of our Sailor! Previous Next

  • Our Donations | The Fern 45

    MISSION STATEMENT The sole purpose of our non-profit organization is to raise money each year for the Nevada Veteran's Coalition and other veteran's programs. We provide an opportunity for our community to celebrate their loved veterans, past and present, while also getting to experience our beautiful Nevada backyard. ​ View Annual Donations View Year-Round Donations View Donate to Heartbeats Donations The Fern 45 Poker Run Annual Donations from our Poker Run 2023 $75,000 $15,050 – Northern Nevada State Veterans Home $10,050 – Veterans Guest House $10,000 – Nevada Veterans Coalition $15,000 - Honor Flight Nevada - $25,000 – Donate to Heartbeats #itsaveteransthing On behalf of our veterans and the entire Fern 45 Crew, we are proud to announce that you guys have helped us raise $75,100!! We would like extend our heartfelt gratitude for the generous support of all of our sponsors and participants! Your dedication to improving the lives of those who have served our nation is truly awe-inspiring! If you are a veteran yourself and need support or if you know a Veteran who needs support, please contact us and we will do everything we can to get you the support you need! Your commitment to making a difference in the lives of our veterans is both admirable and impactful, we hope you realize this. Your contribution will DIRECTLY enhance the quality of life for those who have selflessly served our country. Once again, thank you for standing with us in support of our veterans. Your generosity is making a lasting and positive difference in the veteran community and we would not be able to do what we do, without you guys! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! 2022 $35,050 Nevada Veterans Coalition, Northern Nevada Veterans State Home & Veterans Guest House Wow. There are no words for how grateful we are to those who donated. We blew last year out of the water and our hearts could not be any bigger! We were able to donate to three different Veteran organizations. $5,050 went to the Veterans Guest House. $15,000 went to the Northern Nevada Veterans State Home and $15,000 went to the Nevada Veterans Coalition! Thank you to everyone who helped out and made this year the best ever! We have BIG plans for next year and are beginning the preparations already. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! 2021 $21,000 Nevada Veterans Coalition This year was, by far, our biggest year yet! We introduced new vendor booth options and that was a success (with new changes to 2022 coming!) We have plans to donate to more Veterans organizations throughout the year. We have already began meetings and changes for 2022 and look forward to making this event run smoothly and successfully! 2020 $5,000 Nevada Veterans Coalition Unfortunately we all know what happened with this years event. However, we did sell some sweatshirts and fundraise enough to donate $5,000 to the NVC. We are excited for what 2021 brings! 2019 $15,500 Nevada Veterans Coalition We hope our appreciation for all who have donated their time and efforts does not go unnoticed. We are planning to be able to raise enough money next year to help Veteran's in need year-round. All of our donation this year will go to the NVC so they can continue to support our Nevada Veterans. 2018 $20,000 Nevada Veterans Coalition & TMCC Veterans Upward Bound We want to thank ALL of our donation and sponsors this year. The efforts of all of our donations/sponsors is what makes this possible. The Veterans Upward Bound Program is a free educational program for qualified, honorably discharged veterans who need support in preparing for success in their post-secondary education and training. 2017 $10,000 Nevada Veterans Coalition WOW. We are incredibly grateful to be able to raise more and more money for our Veterans who have given their time and lives in order for us to be able to do this. Our donation is given to the NVC so they can continue to support the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery and other Veteran's programs throughout the year. 2016 $7,500 Nevada Veterans Coalition Our event has grown! We have now started something we cannot stop! We are officially going to make this an Annual event! The monies donated to Nevada Veteran's Coalition will be used to ensure there is a wreath placed on each grave-site at the Northern Nevada Veteran's Memorial Cemetery. 2015 $1,200 and a New Laptop Nevada Veterans Coalition We were expecting 40 close friends and family to participate in raising money for the Veteran's...and just by word of mouth, around 100 people showed up to support and ride trails in our Nevada Backyard. We were pleasantly surprised to see how many people were willing to donate their time and money to help support our Veterans. Annual The Fern 45 Year-Round Donations as an organization Year Round July 2023 Veterans Guest House Residents $500 Veterans Guest House put out a story on the local news that they were in need of some food items for their kitchen. Including Canned Chili, Canned Fruits, Spam, Chips and Vienna Sausages. A couple of our board members headed to Wal-Mart and Costco and made it happen! * Costco bags not pictured* May 2023 Veterans Guest House $7,000 This Poker Tourney was somewhat of a last minute gig and we ended up raising $7,000 for the Veterans Guest House! July 2023 Local Homeless Veteran $650 We were made aware that a homeless Veteran was staying in a U-Haul in Fernley until their benefits kicked in 2 weeks later. Unfortunately U-Haul found out and wasn't allowing that anymore, thus making them homeless. We paid for a 2 week extended stay and provided $250 worth of grocery and food gift cards for him and his wife. March 2021 Local Fernley Veteran $1,200 We received news that a Veteran needed some help with their rent before their benefits kicked in the following month. We contacted their rental company and paid their next months rent! June 2018 Local Fernley Veteran New Refrigerator News got to us that a local Fernley Veteran was in desperate need of a fridge. We called up Lowes to see what they had - they gave us a brand new one for $700! June 2023 Army Infantry Veteran New Roof Kelly (our President) met this Veteran in Denio and heard his story. Unfortunately he is dealing with some PTSD due to his time serving our Country. His wife had mentioned that they were in need of a roof on their single wide after the harsh winter. We got to it - called up Troy Whitehead LLC ( a local Fernley company ) and they were on top of it - traveled all the way up there and got it installed in no time. May 2022 Nevada Veterans Coalition $10,775 The Golf Club at Fernley and PTM Management were an amazing host to us for our 1st Annual Poker Run! It was a very successful first year- our donation went to the Nevada Veterans Coalition and we are looking forward to doing it again soon! March 2022 SAVE Protect Foundation $500 Our charitable organization helps struggling disabled veterans and their families and, now, the self-quarantined. ​ SUPPORT THEM! Your contribution will enable us to continue operations, so we can help disabled veterans and their families. We are very grateful for your generosity. Donate to Heartbeats

  • 2024 Poker Run | The Fern 45

    10th ANNUAL (9th Time) November 7, 8 & 9 Fernley 95A Speedway 1965 S Hwy 95a, Fernley, NV 89408 REGISTER HERE Become a Sponsor! EVERYONE in the vehicle MUST have a wristband We are required to have everyone on our course accounted for. **PLEASE NOTE** At the end of checkout, there is an option to donate to Zeffy (the platform we are using to sell registration) there is a dropdown menu to select "other" and enter 0.00 if you wish to do so! This platform saves us around $5000 in fees! Click here to see our 2023 Event Schedule FAQ

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