Re-Creation began in 1976 . . . when Hugh Brooks, the founder of the group, was an instructor at the Pennsylvania State University. While visiting practicum students, he realized that very few institutions have opportunity to benefit from the therapeutic value of live professional entertainment.
Concerned, he organized Re-Creation to offer this service to state centers, prisons, hospitals, nursing homes, and other care facilities. Entertainers were enlisted and Re-Creation immediately began institutional performances in Pennsylvania.
Within a very short time Re-Creation was asked to tour for the USO and Veteran Affairs Medical Centers were added to the schedule.
In 1982, the national entertainment program to the VA Hospitals was in danger of being lost altogether . . . there would no longer be a coordinated nation-wide effort to provide our hospitalized veterans with good entertainment, certainly not entertainment that was designed to serve as therapy.
Re-Creation assumed full responsibility for live entertainment to the VA Medical Centers in 1983 and since then has attempted to raise necessary funding and present shows for Medical Centers nationwide. Re-Creation now presents more than 300 shows annually in order to fund tours to VA Medical Centers in all 50 states!
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