Help us with a $75,000 grant from DSW Shoes: DSW Show that Shoe Lovers Care!

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June 11, 2013

The Semper Fi Fund has been selected as one of eight charities to compete in the DSW Shoe Lovers Care - Leave Your Mark contest. Each of the eight charities was nominated by an employee of DSW. The charity with the most votes will receive a $75K grant! From June 6-19, supporters can vote ONCE A DAY on their Facebook page. Go to the DSW Facebook page, then click on the green Shoe Lovers Care tab at the top. Like their page and then you will be able to vote for the Semper Fi Fund once a day. Read the rest of this entry »

You. Are. Beautiful. – A Tribute to Warriors

You. Are. Beautiful. - Event Flyer
June 4, 2013

Gloucester, MA – "You. Are. Beautiful." is a fine art photography project by Thi Linh Wernau. The work celebrates the human spirit and beauty in all people. She especially honors veterans and wounded veterans with her work. This event will celebrate the launch of her new book and will showcase select art from the warriors she has photographed to date, which includes 5 men who have served in the Marine Corps and Army.

Please join in this exciting event where 100% of the ticket price will be donated to the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

3d Dental Battalion Officers’ Mess 2nd Annual Mid-Summer’s Night 5k Fun Run

3d Dental Battalion
June 4, 2013

Okinawa, Japan – The 2nd annual Mid-Summer's Night 5k Fun Run will involve members of the military community in Okinawa, Japan. Funds will benefit the Semper Fi Fund. For more information, please visit the Facebook page or contact by email.

Please download the event flyer!

Rock Solid Mud Run – August 17

Rock Solid Mud Run
June 3, 2013

Rock Solid Mud RunEnglishtown, NJ – Rock Solid Mud Run is a challenging, 5-mile course with over thirty obstacles designed by U.S. Marines to test you physically, mentally, and emotionally. This is sure to be one of toughest events you ever attempt! Athletes can take on this course as individuals or as a team.

After the 5 grueling miles of obstacles and MUD, there will be a post-race party with live music, food, drinks, and exhibitors. Portions of the proceeds will benefit the Semper Fi Fund!

Register and learn more about the course and this event on their website.

America’s Fund Announces $1 Million Matching Campaign

Semper Fi Fund's pilot program America's Fund
May 27, 2013

America's Fund, a charitable program operated by the Semper Fi Fund, announces a $1 million donation matching campaign to run over the next year, made possible by the incredible generosity of a family who prefers to remain anonymous. Donations up to $1 million pledged to America's Fund will be matched by this family, helping America's Fund further their mission of providing financial assistance to injured U.S. service members and their families. Read the rest of this entry »

Bringing Hope to Boston

Hailey and TSF
May 25, 2013

Hailey Danisewicz recently teamed up with some of our injured service members to bring hope those wounded in the Boston bombings. What she found in return will stay with her for a lifetime. Read about her experience in this entry from her blog:

There are certain days in history that remain etched in our minds forever- events that we can recall with vivid detail years after they occur. For me, Monday April 15, 2013 will always be one of those days. Read the rest of this entry »

Hugh Hewitt Hosts the Semper Fi Fund in Honor of Memorial Day

May 24, 2013

Each Memorial Day, national radio personality Hugh Hewitt takes the time to talk with some of our nation's injured heroes so that they may share their stories with America. We invite you to listen in to this inspirational show and hear first-hand how the Semper Fi Fund has been there for our wounded and critically ill service members from "day one". We are excited for the opportunity to spread awareness for our injured service members and their families, and also celebrate and remember the life and service of all those who lost their lives while bravely serving our country. Read the rest of this entry »

Partners in Tourism 2013

May 22, 2013

San Diego, CA – San Diego Concierge Association along with corporate partners SeaWorld, Lego Land, & Enterprise Car Rental will be having their annual "Partners in Tourism" Tradeshow to showcase their companies to the tourism industry. This year, they've decided to help raise money for the Semper Fi Fund. The event is free and open to the public. Please contact Gaby Delgado at 858.964.6544 if you have any questions.

Download the event flyer!

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Semper Chai: Marine spouse promotes healing power of tea

May 19, 2013

By Hope Hodge | Military Times | | May 19, 2013

A Marine spouse believes she has found a remedy for deployment separation anxiety, post-traumatic stress and even battlefield wounds — and it’s all in a cup of hot tea.

For Rachel Crawford, wife of a Marine major stationed aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., her discovery of the healing powers of tea began after the loss of her prematurely born twin girls. Finding that a mug of tea was the only thing that brought her any comfort in her grief, she was inspired, as time passed, to learn more about the potency of tea and its uses. Her digging led her to adaptogens, compounds within medicinal herbs that some believe enhance performance and promote wellness, stability and healing. Read the rest of this entry »

San Diego Union Tribune: Marines win Warrior Games

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Lori Yrigoyen at Warrior Games
May 17, 2013

By Gretel C. Kovach | San Diego Union Tribune | | May 17, 2013

The Marines fought off a near upset from the Army this week in the 2013 Warrior Games, claiming a fourth Chairman’s Cup and another year of bragging rights as undefeated champion of the athletic competition for troops injured by combat, illness or accidents.

At closing ceremonies Thursday night in Colorado Springs, Colo., the 50-member team of active duty and veteran Marines belted their hymn for the crowd, singing “From the Halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli…” Some of the athletes sat in wheelchairs or stood on prosthetic legs. Some couldn’t see the cup they passed around, but they kissed and hugged it and each other. Read the rest of this entry »

Giammalva Racquet Club Memorial Day Tennis Mixer

May 16, 2013

Spring, TX – In honor of Memorial Day, Giammalva Racquet Club is hosting an annual Memorial Day Tennis Mixer on Monday, May 27th from 9:00 am -11:00 am to benefit the Semper Fi Fund. This mixer is for members and non-members of all levels of play. There are no fees to participate, but donations are welcomed.

Come out for tennis, food, fun and support the Semper Fi Fund! Any donation is greatly appreciated.

If you would like to participate in this mixer, you can go to Giammalva website and sign up, or contact by email.

North American Golf and Poker Challenge

North American Golf & Poker Challenge benefiting the semper fi fund
May 16, 2013

Midwest, Unites States – The Challenge is a one-of-a-kind amateur golf tournament with Tour caliber execution and payouts. This two-person scramble event allows you and your partner your choice of courses to play and compete for the ultimate prize package: YOUR chance to play for millions of dollars at the World Championship of Poker Main Event. Please visit their website for additional location and registration information. A portion from each entry fee will be donated to the Semper Fi Fund in support of our wounded and critically ill service members and their families.

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International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans – Symposium and Conferences

May 16, 2013

Boston, MA – The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans first hosted an educational program in Boston in 1976. Through the years we have returned to the city again and again, each time impressed by the historic beauty and the proud citizens who call Boston home.

Now we are honored to be able to give something back to a city that has graciously hosted so many of our members.

The Foundation, together with ISCEBS, will donate $15 for every registration to our upcoming Boston conferences to the America's Fund Boston Marathon Relief Fund. The Semper Fi Fund, inspired to help the victims of the Boston bombing, and in addition, created the America's Fund Mentors Program through which veterans will mentor the newly injured, providing hope and encouragement throughout their rehabilitation and recovery.

Donations will be made for each registration to the following four programs, all hosted in September and expected to bring nearly 800 conference attendees to Boston:

Construction Industry Benefits Conference
Benefit Plan Professionals Institute for Accountants
Collection Procedures Institute
32nd Annual ISCEBS Employee Benefits Symposium

The Foundation is proud to support Boston. We look forward to returning to the city this September and in 2014 for the 60th U.S. Annual Employee Benefits Conference.

Please visit the website for more information and registration.

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Community Athlete: Joy Prentice at San Francisco Half Marathon

Joy Prentice
May 15, 2013

San Francisco, CA – Joy has been a longtime supporter of the Semper Fi Fund, from volunteering at events, bringing in new athletes to become Community Athletes fundraisers, and now helping to spread the funds need for supporters. She will be participating in the San Francisco Half Marathon during which she'll be fundraising and letting others know of our mission.

Please support her efforts by donating to her fundraising page!

Community Athlete: Jonathan Leal – Running for a Cause Team

Jonathan Leal
May 15, 2013

Wounded Warrior 10k, Dallas, TX – Please help Community Athlete Jonathan Leal by donating to his fundraising site!

Bio: I enlisted into the Air Force in 2001 shortly after 9/11, I was in college and felt like I needed to do more with my life as well as prepare a future foundation for my wife and kids. I've served 8 years Active Duty as a Comm Technician, and now finishing up my time in the Air Forces Reserves with the 610th Security Forces Squadron here at NAS JRB, Ft Worth, Tx. I deployed to Afghanistan Jan 2007- Mar 2008 and during my time there I worked side by side with other branches to fulfill the mission. I realized how important it was to work together as well as support each other during difficult times, even after coming back home and dealing with wounded vets, PTSD and different type of depression. Regardless what branch, we are all in this together. I lost 2 good friends to these conflicts, so I believe I owe them everything for their sacrifices. The least I can do to honor them is raise awareness so that's what I'm going to do.

Read more on his fundraising page!