Flowers for Marines?

April 26, 2011

By Susan Reimer | Baltimore Sun | http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com | 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 | santee.patch.com | 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 | www.capemaycountyherald.com | 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 | www.insidenova.com | 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 | www.postandcourier.com | 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 »

Mosi Smith: Marine, Runner and Triathlete

Semper Fi Fund Coverage - Annapolis Patch
January 1, 2011
Semper Fi Fund Coverage - Annapolis Patch

The toughest part of the ultrarunning is the night run. Credit Mosi Smith

By: Ann Brennan | Greater Annapolis Patch | January 1, 2011

Annapolis, MD - "Mosi Smith uses his running to become part of a bigger community and to give back to his Marine family as well. "

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Fallen Marine’s family plans to help others

Cpl. Kenny Corzine USMC
December 30, 2010
Cpl. Kenny Corzine USMC

Cpl. Kenny Corzine passed away on Christmas Eve, 2010 while recovering at from injuries sustained in Afghanistan. His brother, Cpl. Nicholas Corzine is raising money for the Semper Fi Fund.

By Courtney Grousman | KSDK CH5 | www.ksdk.com | December 30, 2010

Bethalto, IL (KSDK) - "A devastating Christmas for a Bethalto family. The family of Lance Corporal Kenny Corzine is dealing with his death, after his passing on Christmas Eve. The Marine was serving in Afghanistan when he was hit by an explosive device. "

NewsChannel 5 first told you the story of Lance Corporal Kenny Corzine earlier in December. His family had high hopes during his recovery, and despite losing both legs, the Marine was in good spirits--even talking--before taking a turn for the worst.

Black ribbons mark a southern Illinois home to match the grief the family inside is feeling. The Corzine's family is now discussing about how his legacy will live on.

"I hung out with my brother in Japan. Not a lot of people can say that, but we were really close," said Lance Corporal Nicholas Corzine, Kenny's younger brother. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund founder nominated for award

December 27, 2010

By Lance Cpl. Lisa Tourtelot | MCAS Miramar | Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System | December 27, 2010 @ 18:15 PST

MCAS Miramar, CA - "The Military Spouse of the Year nominations are in, and one nomination stands out among the rest. Karen Guenther, founder and president of the Semper Fi Fund, was nominated for the 2011 Military Spouse of the Year award by Joshua Bliell, a Marine injured in Fallujah in
2006."

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The best New Year’s resolution is to say thanks to U.S. military

December 27, 2010

By: Hugh Hewitt | The Washington Examiner | December 27, 2010, 1:43 AM EST

Washington, DC - "Of the 310 million Americans, 1,445,000 are on active duty in the uniformed services of the military, and another 833,000 are in the reserves."

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Active Duty Profile: Captain Robert Hillery

Semper Fi Fund Coverage - LAVA Magazine
December 26, 2010
Semper Fi Fund Coverage - LAVA Magazine

Captain Robert Hillery (USMC)

By: Jim Gourley | LAVA Magazine | December 26, 2010

Solana, CA - "Looking at the numbers, Captain Robert Hillery is an obvious choice as the Marine Corps' male athlete of the year. Since participating in his first triathlon in 2008, he's turned into a 30-race-a-year competitor. He's raised over $30,000 for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund..."

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Special Help for Wounded Warriors

December 26, 2010

By Howard Jacobs | Wall Street Journal - Letters | December 26, 2010, 5:58 P.M. ET

New York, NY - "I offer my heartfelt thanks to Karl Rove ("Giving Back to Those Who Gave So Much," Dec. 23 op-ed) for highlighting the organizations that are doing such great work for our wounded heroes. My son is a former Marine who was seriously wounded in Iraq in 2006 while on his second tour there."

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Fundraiser brings together runners, walkers and dogs

Karla Hatfield of Carlsbad and Dave Mullen of Del Mar show their holiday spirit.
December 24, 2010

Karla Hatfield of Carlsbad and Dave Mullen of Del Mar show their holiday spirit.

By: Promise Yee | The Coast News | December 24, 2010

Delmar, CA - "More than 200 runners and walkers, some with dogs on leash, hit the sands of Del Mar beach for the 19th annual Red Nose Run on Dec. 17th."

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