Stars of Sochi: Petty Officer First Class Kevin Burton

Picture 3: Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Burton (Visually Impaired) - Nordic/Biathlon
Kevin Burton served with the Navy from 2002-11, retiring as a Petty Officer 1st class. Burton, who has a degenerative eye condition that has left him with just a pinhole of sight, is now aiming for a spot in the biathlon and cross-country skiing competitions at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. A six-time medalist on the world cup circuit, he is a member of the 2013-14 U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing Development Team. Photo James Netz 2013
February 24, 2014

A Paralympics Profile

Sochi, Russia - On March 7, Fisht Olympic Stadium will host the opening ceremonies of the XI Paralympic Winter Games. Competitors in 10 disability categories will compete in five events—and Team Semper Fi athlete Kevin Burton (visually impaired) will be representing Team USA in Nordic skiing. For details about televised coverage of the Paralympics, please see this press release. Read the rest of this entry »

The Winter Paralympics are Coming – Meet our Sochi Star, Tyler Burdick

burdick_tyler_cropped
February 22, 2014

Sochi, Russia - On March 7, Fisht Olympic Stadium will host the opening ceremonies of the XI Paralympic Winter Games. Competitors in 10 disability categories will compete in five events—and Team Semper Fi athlete Tyler Burdick (double leg limb salvage) will be representing Team USA in snowboarding. For details about televised coverage of the Paralympics, please see this press release. Read the rest of this entry »

7th Annual Wounded Warrior Car Show

Click here for the 2014 flyer and registration form!
February 20, 2014

Long Beach, CA – This summer, check out the 7th Annual Wounded Warrior Car Show!! This exciting car show showcases Pre-1974 American Cars, Trucks, and Special Interest Vehicles. Limited to 300 displays, the event will once again take place on the WyoTech Campus in Long Beach, CA. Read the rest of this entry »

Built Ford Tough Polo & Balloon Festival 2014

polo-balloon-fest
February 20, 2014

Lake Worth, FL - An event for the entire family is returning to Gulfstream Polo Club on April 18-20, 2014. The Built Ford Tough Polo and Balloon Festival has something for everyone. This will be a weekend of hot air balloons, polo, music, balloon rides, food, vendors and much more!

Festivities begin on Friday night with Balloon Rides, Polo Game and Tether Balloon Rides. After the polo game seven hot air balloons will inflate on the field and offer tether rides. The tether rides go on sale at 5:30 PM. Only 350 tether rides are available. Be sure to come early to purchase your tickets. Tether rides are $5 per person with the funds going to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

3rd Annual Marine-A-Thon

February 19, 2014

Farmington, NH - Join students at Farmington High school and help raise money for the Semper Fi Fund by joining poolies from the local recruiting office, and participating in a physical strength and endurance test administered by local Marines!

Contact Seth Hussey hussey.seth@yahoo.com for more information or call: 603-833-5694.

Operation Ends of the Earth-Antarctica Ice Marathon

February 19, 2014

Union Glacier, Antarctica - Talk about a change of pace! This unique and super cool (pun intended) marathon will take place on the continent of Antarctica. A group of 4 female Marine Aviators will be braving the cold of Antarctica in this ice marathon in support of the Semper Fi Fund.

For registration info and further details of how you can support these amazing women, please contact Kathryn Dworak at kathryndworak@gmail.com.

Semper Fi Fund Scavenger Hunt

iomc-logo
February 19, 2014

Taylorsville, MD – The Iron Order Motorcycle Club will host a scavenger hunt to benefit the Semper Fi Fund.

UPDATE: The scavenger hunt has been postponed to a later date that has yet to be determined. Please check back for updates soon.

Registration for the event will start at 11:30am at Vanessa’s Corner Pub. The entry fee is $20 per participant and the scavenger hunt will start at 1:00pm. When you locate an item, take a picture and check it off the list. Each item has a point value and the most points at the end wins! Read the rest of this entry »

Sochi Paralympics Watch Rate – Tribute to Omar Bermejo

courtyard-logo
February 18, 2014

Grand Rapids, MI - In honor of hero, Omar Bermejo, the Courtyard Grand Rapids Downtown hotel is offering a $174.00 Sochi Paralympic Watch Rate if you book a room between March 6-9 (during the 2014 Paralympic Games). The package includes self-parking and breakfast at Bistro Restaurant. Semper Fi Fund will receive $10 for every night booked. Read the rest of this entry »

Help Our Heroes Golf Scramble Hosted by Kevin Honaker

help-our-heroes-flyer-2014
February 17, 2014

Sparta, TN - Marine veteran and Sparta, TN native Kevin Honaker will host an 18-hole golf scramble to benefit Semper Fi Fund and the America's Fund Program. Kevin lost both legs to an IED in Sept 2011 while serving in Afghanistan. He is an honorary member of Sparta Country Club. Read the rest of this entry »

5th Annual Boca Royale Charity Golf Tournament

Boca Royale Golf Tournament
February 17, 2014

Boca Royale, FL – The residents of Boca Royale Golf and Country Club will be hosting their annual golf tournament to benefit the Semper Fi Fund.

The event will include a tennis clinic, a silent auction through the day and live auction during dinner, raffle prizes, a fantastic round of golf on the beautiful Boca Royale Golf course and dinner. The guest of honor for this wonderful event will be Lieutenant General Robert Neler, USMC Forces, Central Command. Read the rest of this entry »

Corporal Yuriy Zmysly, USMC (Ret.)

zmysly-yuriy(cropped)
February 14, 2014

U.S. Marine Corporal Yuriy Zmysly met his wife-to-be Aimee on October 6, 2004, right after he returned from his first deployment to Afghanistan. Aimee was just beginning her freshman year of college and it was love at first sight. They were engaged on January 23, 2005, just two days after Aimee’s birthday. He gave her a ring box, but it was empty. When she looked up, he was holding the ring and asked her to marry him.

They never got to have their dream wedding, though. Read the rest of this entry »

Treasure in the Desert Invitational

Ladies Invitation 2014
February 11, 2014

Scottsdale, Arizona - This March, the lovely Camelback Ladies will be hosting their annual Golf Invitational which will benefit our SFF Wounded Warriors in Arizona. This super fun, invitation only, pirate themed golf event will include a cocktail party, raffle and silent auction. Read the rest of this entry »

A SEMPER FI VALENTINE: LAUREN & RAFAEL CERVANTES

cervantes-crop
February 8, 2014

As we approach Valentine’s Day, the Semper Fi Fund is delighted to be sharing unique stories of couples whose love for each other serves as an example to us all.

Lauren and Rafael Cervantes were married June 25, 2010 at Waialae Beach on Oahu, Hawaii. It’s easy to imagine the scene: Handsome groom, beautiful bride, swaying palm trees and impossibly blue water. What could be more romantic? Read the rest of this entry »

Short Rations for Marines Book Signing Event

Click here to download PDF Event Flyer
February 6, 2014

Camp Pendleton, CA - Short Rations for Marines is an exquisite, easy to read, collection of 57 true stories authored by 34 very different writers that takes readers through a domain, not only of tragic historical significance, but also through humorous, often ridiculous incidents that flawlessly become antidotes for the conventional. These stories characterize everyday life, in war and peace, of these extraordinary people who, collectively, make up the Corps of Marines. Read the rest of this entry »

Hill Country Pain Associates Charity Golf Tournament

SFF Golf Image
February 4, 2014

San Antonio, Texas – Our lovely friends from Hill Country Pain Associates will be hosting a charity golf tournament to benefit the Semper Fi Fund. Their clinic is committed to relieving pain and restoring hope in others. Read the rest of this entry »