Marine bicycling cross-country makes it to Tulsa to celebrate Mother’s Day with mom

Tulsa World Bill Conner with Mom 5.9.11
May 9, 2011

By Manny Gamallo | Tulsa World News | | May 9, 2011

There aren't too many people who would hop on a bicycle and ride 1,490 miles with a plan in mind to be with their mother on Mother's Day.

That was on Marine Maj. Bill Conner's mind, though, when he left Ocean-side, Calif., on Easter Sunday to start his 3,300-mile "Semper Fi Ride Across America" bicycle run to help raise money for injured Marines. Read the rest of this entry »

KTUL ABC Tulsa: Local Marine Riding Across Country to Help

May 8, 2011

KTUL8 ABC Tulsa | | May 8, 2011

A local Marine is riding across the country to raise money for injured Marines. He made it home to Tulsa in time for a Mother's Day surprise. e

Fox 23 Tulsa: Marine Biking Across America Makes Mother’s Day Surprise

May 8, 2011

By Ian Silver | Fox 23 News | | May 8, 2011

A U.S. Marine who served in Afghanistan and Iraq is riding his bicycle across America to raise money for a great cause, and Sunday he made a special stop in his home town of Tulsa to surprise his mom for Mother's Day.

Maj. Bill Conner started his 33-hundred-mile journey across the U.S. on Easter, and is hoping to finish in Ocean View, Delaware by Memorial Day. Along the way he's hoping to raise $35,500 for the Semper Fi Fund to help his fellow servicemen and women who come back from overseas with injuries.

Sunday he surprised the woman who quite possibly could be the proudest mother on the planet. Read the rest of this entry »

Wounded Antioch Marine will get hero’s welcome

Cpl John Peck photo Sun News 5.5.11
May 5, 2011

By Diana Kuyper | The News-Sun | | May 5, 2011

Antioch's hometown hero, Marine Cpl. John Peck, returns home this week and will attend a blood drive in his honor at the Antioch VFW on May 9.

Area residents are urged to welcome him home by lining up along the route to the blood drive, starting at the intersection of routes 83 and 173 at 10:45 a.m. that will take him through downtown Antioch to North Avenue and west on North Avenue to the VFW at 75 North Ave. Read the rest of this entry »

With help, North Texas veteran who lost legs to trade apartment for four-bedroom house

May 3, 2011
Zach Briseno in front of new home by StarTelegram

Zach Briseno's house is on a lot donated by Hillwood Residential. The house was built by Standard Pacific Homes of Dallas, which provides an in-kind donation equal to the cost of the lot. The Semper Fi Fund donated $25,000 toward construction. Photo by Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison.

By Chris Vaughn | Star Telegram | | May 3, 2011

Fort Worth, TX -- Zach Briseno remembers well an out-of-the-blue offer that fell squarely in the "too good to be true" category.

An organization he had never heard of asked him whether he would like a new quarter-million-dollar house, built to his specifications in the color of his choice in a planned community with a swimming pool.

It wouldn't be free. He would have to pay $50,000 for it, or about $350 a month. Other than that, everything was covered.

"It was crazy," he said. "I thought it was a joke. How often do you get a phone call like that?"

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Homestead’s Semper Fi Fundraiser This Weekend

May 2, 2011
Homestead Gardens Severna park photo

Homestead Gardens Severna Park. Photo by Leslie Hunt.

By Leslie Hunt | Severna Park Patch | | May 2, 2011

Homestead Gardens is having its yearly fundraiser for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund at the Severna Park store from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. This is the sixth year the garden center has helped raise funds for the Semper Fi Fund that helps injured Marines adjust to life after an altering injury while in service. Read the rest of this entry »

Congressman Darrell Issa Honors Marine Captain Robert Hillery

April 27, 2011
Issa Representative and Capt Robert Hillery

Capt Rob Hillery receiving the Congressional Proclamation

Congratulations Marine Captain Robert Hillery on his recent Congressional Proclamation from Congressman Darrell Issa! Congressman Issa recently honored Capt Hillery with the Proclamation and spoke in the U.S. House of Representatives about Capt Hillery's heroic service to his country as well as recognizing his athletic efforts to raise awareness and support for the Semper Fi Fund through his "1 in 10" fundraising events. Read the rest of this entry »

Flowers for Marines?

April 26, 2011

By Susan Reimer | Baltimore Sun | | April 26, 2011

Homestead Gardens Flyer April 2011

The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, which supports injured servicemen and women and their families, will be the beneficiary again this year of a fundraiser at Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville.

The Homestead fundraising effort is the brainchild of Gloria Rodriguez, who works at Homestead. She fled Castro's Cuba 40 years ago with her husband and two sons, and expresses her gratutude to this country by volunteering to help injured Marines and by raising money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

Santee Resident Crowned Ms. Wheelchair California 2011

April 25, 2011
Corey Petersen being crowned Ms. Wheelchair CA

Corey Petersen being crowned Ms. Wheelchair California. Photo courtesy of Ms. Wheelchair California

Kristina Blake | Santee Patch | | April 25, 2011

Corey Petersen will compete in the Ms. Wheelchair America 2011 competition in August.

As an athlete, veteran, wife, daughter, sister and friend, Corey Petersen holds many titles. Now, she has one more to add to her list: Ms. Wheelchair California 2011.

The Santee resident received her crown and sash at the 2011 Ms. Wheelchair California Pageant last Saturday, which was held at the Abilities Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

“I’m still kind of getting used to it,” said Petersen, who has resided in Santee since last May. “It’s really surreal. Exciting, but surreal.” Read the rest of this entry »

4th Annual Tri-For-Our-Veterans Triathlon Takes Place May 28

April 25, 2011
Matt McCulley Tri for Our Veterans

Matt McCulley, the first organizer of Sea Isle City’s Tri-For-Our-Veterans Triathlon, will be honored at the race.

Press Release | Cape May County Herald | | April 25, 2011

Sea Isle City, NJ - "The 4th Annual Tri-For-Our-Veterans Triathlon will be an ideal way to begin the 2011 summer season – by remembering our nation’s veterans and disabled military personnel. The competition, which will take place in Sea Isle City on Saturday, May 28, will benefit two veteran’s organizations: The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and Sea Isle City’s VFW Post 1963. A number of military teams will once again compete in this worthy event, including racers from the United States Naval Academy the Marine’s Team Semper Fi. Read the rest of this entry »

2nd Annual Boca Royale Golf Outing Benefits Injured Service Members, Has Special Guests

April 7, 2011

Englewood, FL - "Once again the residents of Boca Royale Golf and Country Club will be hosting a golf tournament to benefit the Semper Fi Fund. The guest of honor for this wonderful event will be Marine Corps Commandant Gen James F. Amos, USMC. "

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Wounded Marine Josh Himan: ‘I’m home’

Semper Fi Fund news coverage InsideNova Josh Himan
April 2, 2011
Semper Fi Fund news coverage InsideNova  Josh Himan

Cheers roared and tears flowed on Saturday as Prince William County welcomed home one of its heroes, Marine Cpl. Joshua Himan.
Credit: Jeff Mankie/News & Messenger

By Julia LeDoux | Inside Nova | | April 2, 2011

Woodbridge, VA - "Over the past 90 days the Northern Virginia Fuller Center for Housing, project sponsors and numerous volunteers have been renovating the Himan home in Dale City. The volunteers came together to construct an addition that made the house accessible for Josh, who was left paralyzed from the waist down when an improvised explosive device destroyed the vehicle he was in while on patrol in Afghanistan in 2009."

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Team Semper Fi: Marines’ Wounded Warriors return to take on the bridge

April 1, 2011
Team Semper Fi at CRBR 2010 photo by Lori Wiegel

Team Semper Fi at Members of the Team Semper Fi Wounded Warriors stand with a Force Protection vehicle at the Divine Redeemer Catholic School before a previous bridge run dinner hosted by the school.

By Tommy Braswell | The Post and Courier | | April 1, 2011

Charleston, SC -- When Team Semper Fi takes part in the Cooper River Bridge Run, the folks at Divine Redeemer Catholic School in Hanahan will make sure the group of U.S. Marines recovering from injuries suffered in Iraq or Afghanistan will be treated like royalty.

A crowd of 250 to 300 will be on hand to salute the Wounded Warriors with a pasta dinner today. The program this year will feature patriotic music by the students. William F. Bendt of Charleston, a Bronze Star recipient from World War II, will be this year's guest speaker. Quilts of Valor will be presented to those who have not yet received them. Divine Redeemer's pastor, Father Ed Fitzgerald, will bless a vehicle from Force Protection in Ladson destined for Afghanistan or Iraq.
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Fresno native comes to the aid of Marines

MARK CROSSE / THE FRESNO BEE  Joey King tests his new recumbent bike as Josh Sharpe gives him some advice. Team Semper Fi is a nonprofit group that has raised millions of dollars. The group was founded by Fresno native Karen Guenther.
March 5, 2011

Posted at 08:24 PM on Saturday, Mar. 05, 2011. By Bill McEwen / The Fresno Bee

Reedley, CA - The Marines had come from all over the country for camaraderie, to test themselves and to soak up the scenery along the Blossom Trail. Read the rest of this entry »

Rare Marine Wins Rare Life Award – Marine Hero Runs 3,530 miles Cross Country; Raises more than $50,000 for Wounded Comrades

Master Gunnery Sergeant Charles Padilla won the 2011 Rare Life Award presented by Eagle Rare Bourbon. Padilla raised more than $50,000 to help wounded Marines.
February 15, 2011

Frankfort, Frankin County, KY - Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has named Master Gunnery Sergeant Charles Padilla of San Marcos, Calif. as the winner of the 2011 Rare Life Award. Read the rest of this entry »