Phoenix Business Journal – Parsons Foundation donates $1 million to Semper Fi Fund

October 10, 2013
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Oct 10, 2013, 3:52pm MST
Bob Parsons

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation donated $1 million to the Washington-based Semper Fi Fund.

The fund provides financial support for injured and critically ill military service members. This latest gift brings the Parsons Foundation’s total donation to the military support charity to $2.8 million over the past two years.

Bob Parson, founder of Scottsdale-based GoDaddy, is a Marine Corps veteran. The Semper Fi gift marks the second $1 million donation in recent weeks. The Parsons gifted a million bucks to the University of Baltimore to establish the Bob Parsons Veteran Center.

“We are so grateful for the incredible support we’ve received from Bob and Renee Parsons, whose generosity is only matched by the size of their hearts,” said Karen Guenther, CEO of Semper Fi Fund. “Their donation will touch the lives of countless service members and their families, and on their behalf, we thank Bob and Renee from the bottom of our hearts.”

The Parsons Foundation also gifted $75,000 each to Boys & Girls Clubs of Scottsdale and Free Arts of Arizona.

In addition to doling out charitable donations, the GoDaddy founder has been shelling out some hefty amounts for real estate properties around the Phoenix area. Parsons paid $38 million for the Centerpoint development on Mill Avenue in Tempe late last month. Parsons also bought the ultra-exclusive Golf Club of Scottsdale.
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Bellissimoto’s Ducati Raffle to Support the Semper Fi Fund

October 10, 2013

Greenville, SC and Orlando, FL - Bellissimoto of Greenville, SC, supplier of "the finest, hard to find parts for your Beautiful Italian Motorcycles" will be raffling off a custom Ducati Monster S4RS at the 2013 American International Motorcycle Expo, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The Expo will take place 10:00am to 5:00pm daily, October 16th - 20th and the Ducati will be raffled off at 4:00pm on the 20th at the Bellissimo booth (#241). Read the rest of this entry »

Land of the Free Veterans Day Golf Classic 2013

October 10, 2013

land-of-the-free-logoCity of Industry, CA – The Land of the Free Foundation is pleased to be partnered with the Pacific Palms and Conference Center in the City of Industry, California and the Industry Hills Golf Club to play host to the annual "Land of the Free Veterans Day Golf Classic". This event will be held on Monday November 11, 2013.

The Land of the Free Foundation was started to recognize the men and woman of our armed services past, present and future and their families who work and sacrifice every day to ensure we will always live in the "Land of the Free."

Only 50 foursomes are available for this one-day salute to America's military so we encourage you to register now. All contributions are tax deductible and all proceeds from the event will go towards supporting charities that support America's military and their families, including The Semper Fi Fund.

Don't miss your opportunity to participate one of the finest Charity Golf Tournaments in Southern California.

For more information please visit the Land of the Free Foundation website or contact Laurie Jenkins at 562-948-4362 or by email

Onslow Oktoberfest – Veterans Information Area

October 10, 2013

Jacksonville, NC - Law offices of Marcari, Russotto, Spencer, and Balaban, PC in Jacksonville, NC is sponsoring the Veterans Information Area again this year.

The Onslow Oktoberfest, founded in 2008, is a community effort to raise funds for the Onslow Community Outreach Center. Their homeless shelter provides services for approximately 300 individuals and 52 veterans a year. They also operate the local community clinic, soup kitchen and host a holiday program that assists individuals and families in need during the Christmas season. At this year’s Oktoberfest there will be live entertainment, 5k run, incredible children’s area, various contests and mouthwatering German food.

The goal of the Veterans Information Area is to create an spot at Oktoberfest which specifically benefits Jacksonville Veterans and Active Duty Military men and women to provide them with a wealth of information centralized in one area.

For more information contact:

3rd Annual Bay Ridge 5k 2013!

October 9, 2013

Brooklyn, NY - Join runners on November 2, 2013 for the 3rd Annual Bay Ridge 5k race at Cannonball Park in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York. The course will run a scenic route along the Narrows Promenade with views of the Verrazano Bridge & Manhattan. There will be awards ceremony immediately following race.

All racing numbers will be given out on race day. Registration will take place at the start line at Cannonball Park (4th Ave & 101st St - along Shore Road Promenade) from 8:30 am until 9:30 am. Registration fees are: preregistration by mail $15, race day registration $20

For preregistration, mail entry form to Semper Fi Run, 73 78th St., Brooklyn, NY 11209
For more information contact

The race will benefit the Semper Fi Fund.

Annual Marine Corps Birthday Luncheon

October 8, 2013

Sarasota, FL - There will be an annual Marine Corps Birthday luncheon on Sunday November 10, 2013 from 12pm-2pm at Marina Jack's, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL. There will be guest speakers and 50/50 raffle, and proceeds to benefit the Semper Fi Fund.

For more information contact Tom Smith, 941-320-9594

DECA Softball Tournament to Benefit the Semper Fi Fund

October 8, 2013

Charlotte, NC - Student of DECA will be holding a community softball tournament in which 10 teams of 10-20 players will play against each other and compete to become the champions. Each team will pay $200 to register and donations to the Semper Fi Fund will be accepted at the event, and all proceeds will benefit the Semper Fi Fund.

The tournament wil take place at Myers Park Trinity Little League Fields, 3400 Randolph Rd. Charlotte, NC.

For a the tournament schedule and to sign up, please visit:

For more information about the event please contact:
Trevor Huffstettler (704) 999-4342 or
Adam Stroud (704) 840-6482 or

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October 3, 2013

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Cyclists camp in Salamanca on 3,700 journey to Virginia

October 2, 2013

Salamanca Press

Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 6:16 pm | Updated: 6:29 pm, Wed Oct 2, 2013.
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By Rich Place, Managing Editor

SALAMANCA, NY — A group of four cyclists will spend tonight at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Salamanca as part of a 3,700-mile trip from Washington to Virginia in an effort to raise money and awareness for the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

Track Chairs to our Injured: MCAA Marion Carl Squadron Update!

Representatives from the MCAA Marion Carl Squadron and the Semper Fi Fund pose with Jose Armenta and his family in his new Track Chair, thanks to the generosity of the MCAA Marion Carl Squadron and its supporters!
September 30, 2013

Miramar, CA - The Marine Corps Aviation Association’s (MCAA) Marion Carl Squadron recently hosted two unbelievable days of fundraising to help raise money and awareness for the Semper Fi Fund!

Starting at the Miramar Officers’ Club, Medal of Honor recipient Robert Modrzejewski, Colonel, USMC (Ret) helped in presenting two Action Trackchairs ( to two injured Marines, Cpl. Jose Armenta and Cpl. Jon Schumacher. Read the rest of this entry »

Al’s Garden Centers

September 27, 2013

als_gardens_2013Sherwood, Gresham and Woodburn, OR – For the second year in a row, Al's Garden Centers will donate $1 from every Christmas tree sold this season to the Semper Fi Fund. Visit Al's Garden Centers, purchase a tree, and support the Semper Fi Fund. Please visit their website for more information and locations.

Many thanks to Al's Garden Centers' continued support!

A Night with Heroes

September 27, 2013


Folsom, CA - Come join us for a night of fun and music at Toby Keith's! The evening will include line dancing instruction, entertainment, and silent auction. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Semper Fi Fund in memory of SSgt Sky Mote. Join us in support of our military heroes and their families.

For more information, visit the Tobey Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill of Flosom, CA web site or email: Russel Mote.

2013 Warrior Open recognizes the Semper Fi Fund for third year!

MSgt Davey Lind with former President George W. Bush at the 2013 Warrior open
September 26, 2013

Irving, TX - For the third year-in-a-row, The George W. Bush Institute is holding its annual "Warrior Open" golf tournament and, once again, the Semper Fi Fund is among the select few military charities being recognized by the tournament.
Held as part of the George W. Bush Institute's "Military Service Initiative", the Warrior Open is a competitive 36-hole golf tournament that takes place over two days every fall in the Dallas area. Read the rest of this entry »

Team Semper Fi at 2013 Tunnel to Towers

Tunnels to Towers NYC Logo 2012
September 25, 2013

Brooklyn, NY - For the sixth straight year, Semper Fi Fund will send over 70 injured service members from Team Semper Fi along with 35 of their family members, to take part in the annual Tunnel to Towers Run in New York City. Semper Fi Fund, a non-profit that provides immediate financial assistance to injured service members, makes it its mission to honor our country’s military heroes by supporting them in their time of need; this week, on Sunday, September 29, the men and women of its competitive athletic program Team Semper Fi will honor the brave Americans who risked and sacrificed their lives on September 11, 2001.

The Tunnel to Towers Run is an annual event organized by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. The run memorializes all who perished on 9/11 and follows the footsteps of Stephen Siller, a firefighter who raced on foot from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center to help in the rescue efforts. Stephen Siller is one of the many firefighters, police officers and first responders who never made it out of the Towers that day—but it’s thanks to them that so many others did.

“The men and women of Team Semper Fi know the meaning of sacrifice first-hand,” said Karen Guenther, CEO of Semper Fi Fund. “We are proud to honor the heroes of 9/11 again this year by retracing Siller’s steps, helping to keep their memory alive.”

Please come out and cheer them along on Sunday! For more race info visit:

White House Black Market Sale Event

September 18, 2013

Arlington, VA - Shop all your favorite fashion finds at this fantastic event to benefit the Semper Fi Fund. 10% of sales from this shopping event will be directly donated to the Semper Fi Fund to support our wounded and critically ill service members. Mark your calendars and shop this Sunday!

For more information, please download the attached flyer.
The Semper Fi Fund is so grateful to WHBM for their support of our mission.