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, Mr. Brooks realized that very few institutions have opportunity to benefit from the therapeutic value of live professional entertainment.
Concerned, he, his wife, Carolyn and daughter, Katie, 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. There would no longer be a coordinated nation-wide effort to provide our hospitalized veterans with good entertainment, and 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 320 shows annually in order to fund tours to VA Medical Centers and State Veterans Homes in all 50 states!
Re-Creation has been cited by the
Freedom’s Foundation at Valley Forge as:
“AMERICA’S AMBASSADORS TO HOSPITALIZED VETERANS”
for providing live, therapeutic entertainment to
America’s VA Health Care system for 40 years!
FOUNDED IN 1976!
IMMEDIATELY BEGAN SHOWS IN VA HOSPITALS!
MORE THAN 11,000 SHOWS IN ALL 50 STATES!
GENUINE WORDS OF THANKS TO AMERICA’S VETERANS!
NATIONAL REACH TO OVER 250 VETERAN FACILITIES!
PERSONAL VISITS TO OUR NATION’S HEROES!
CAST MEMBER ESCORTS TO SHOW AREA!
EACH VA SHOW…A GIFT FROM GRATEFUL AMERICANS!
EACH RE-CREATION CAST MEMBER…A VOLUNTEER!