Community Athlete: Nathan Merithew at Carrying the Load Event

May 15, 2013

Dallas, TX – Nathan Merithew is raising funds and awareness for the Semper Fi Fund, among other non-profits, during his fundraising events in 2013! He will be carrying a plate engraved with the names of friends who lost their lives while serving our country. During the Carrying the Load event in May, he will be carrying 100lbs in honor of the passing of Sgt Ty Ziegel.

If you would like to support his efforts (you can select the Semper Fi Fund as the non-profit for which the full donation can support), please visit his fundraising page!

Community Athlete: Avery Pontell-Shaefer at Marine Corps Historic Hlaf Marathon

Cpl. Matthew Blanchard
May 14, 2013

Fredericksburg, VA – After losing a friend just before last Christmas, Cpl Christopher Blanchard, Avery decided to participate in the Marine Corps Historic Half and the Marine Corps Marathon in his honor. She decided the best way to honor him would be to help his fellow borther and sisters in arms whom were injured by helping the Semper Fi Fund! She knows the Semper Fi Fund is stepping in to help with rehabiliation and recovery through Sport for our servicemembers.

Please support her efforts by donating to her fundraising page!

In memory of Cpl. Matthew Blanchard:
Cpl. Matthew Blanchard

Community Athlete: Amanda Lee at Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon

Amanda Lee
May 14, 2013

Fredericksburg, VA – After finding out about the Semper Fi Fund at the Marine Corps Marathon expo last year, Amanda has decided to Run for the Fund! She is participating in the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon along with the Marine Corps Marathon this year. During which she will be fudnriasing for the fund and helping others to find out about our mission.

Please help her fudnriasing efforts by donating to her fundraising page!

Community Athlete Carolyn O’brien – Running for a Cause Team

Carolyn O'Brien
May 14, 2013

6th Annual Patriot Fun Run, Houston, TX – Please help Carolyn out by donating to the fundraising site!

About the team, Running For A Cause:

Running For a Cause is a fund raising organization focused on raising awareness and support to non-profits that provide for wounded veterans, and/or their families.

Doing the most good for the greatest number of our Nations Heros... We run for those who have been forgotten... We run for those who are still fighting the good fight... We run for the ones who have come home and need that extra hand.

We support Vet Owned Business and Pro Military Business that support our Troops...

I am... We are... Running for a cause

Check us out: click here

Community Athlete: Jonathan Leal – Running for a Cause Team

Jonathan Leal
May 14, 2013

Spartan Spring, Irving, TX – Please help him out 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!

Community Athlete: Dara Kristt at Brooklyn Half-Marathon

Scott T. Coleman
May 14, 2013

Brooklyn, NY – Dara is competing in the Brooklyn Half Marathon on May 18th in memory of Scott T. Coleman of White Lake, a U.S. Marine, who died at the age of 25. He served our country with two tours of duty in the United States Marine Corps in OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. During Dara's training up until the race, he will be fundraising with all donations given to the Semper Fi Fund in his memory.

Please help him out by donating to his fundraising site!

In memory of Scott T. Coleman:
Scott T. Coleman

BOSTON STRONG Rockz On! Hosted by the all female rock band, The ChIckZ

May 10, 2013

Boston, MA – BOSTON STRONG Rockz On! A music festival day filled with live music from Boston's Own! There will be (at least) 10 bands ranging from acoustic to rock & roll. Ending the event will be Boston's MASS.

The line-up:
– author & inspirational speaker Karen Paolino-Correia
– MC Charlie Farren
– Solo Artist Amanda McCarthy
– Linda Veins
– Aaron Norcross Jr. and The Old Dogs
– Dookie Houser – Tribute to Green Day
– The Joe Hart Band
– ThE ChIcKz – All Female Rock Band
– GrandEvolution (with featured guest solo artist Amanda McCarthy)
– MASS (headliner)

Tickets $15/ea at the door

Contact Marian Latanision 508-930-9318 or Janie MacAustan 781-361-5525 or by email.

100% of the proceeds will benefit America's Fund's Boston Marathon Relief Fund.

Ruck W.A.R.S. 002

May 10, 2013

Camp Pendleton, CA – This competitive race and obstacle course will be set up in and around Del Mar Beach Resort and is sure to be a challenge. If you are interested in participating, please contact by email. There will be a maximum capacity of 48 participants and slots are filling up FAST! Registration fee is only $20 and 75% of that will be donated to the Semper Fi Fund to support our wounded and critically ill service members.

You will get tired, sandy, and wet!!

Please visit the fundraising page and friend them on Facebook!

The 4th Annual Git-R-Done Orlando Golf Classic

Git R Done Golf Classic
May 10, 2013

Orlando, FL – It's back! The 4th Annual Git-R-Done Celebrity Golf Tournament is set for October 13th and 14th. Last year's event raised approximately $100,000 and we are hoping to raise more this year! Past attendees include Larry the Cable Guy, Ron White, Willie and Korie Robertson from Duck Dynasty, PGA's Boo Weekley, Lee Janzen, Major League Baseball's Davey Johnson and NBA's Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw and more!

Money raised from this golf tournament will support America's Fund!

For sponsorship information, or to read more about the event, please visit the website or download the sponsorship package.

Marine Corps Historic Half

May 9, 2013

Fredericksburg, VA – The Semper Fi Fund Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon spots are sold out! The Marine Corps Historic Half will take place on May 19, 2013.

The Historic Half is a race rich in history. This year, the event will see it's 30,000th finisher! Please consider joining us for this amazing event benefiting our wounded and critically ill service members.


Registration opens January 1, 2013
Time: 7:55 am
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
Registration Fee: $75.00
Fundraising: $150 required

MCM and MCHH registration has been combined for your convenience. All registration for the MCHH will be on the same registration as the MCM. Register for one or both! Register here for the 2013 Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Historic Half starting at midnight EST on January 1, 2013.

If you have any questions about participating in the Historic Half, please contact Elizabeth O'Connell by calling 516-567-6014 or by email.

Jam Onslow hosted by Onslow County United Way Featuring Craig Morgan with Katie Armiger and Bryan Mayer

May 9, 2013

Onslow Fairgrounds, JACKSONVILLE, NC – Jam Onslow hosted by Onslow County United Way, featuring Craig Morgan with Katie Armiger and Bryan Mayer, will take place on Saturday May 11, 2013. Gates open at 3pm Concert starts at 5pm.

Tickets are $20/each – purchase your ticket now!

No coolers – lawn chairs & blankets permitted

Download the event flyer!

6th Annual Wounded Warrior Car Show

Car Show
May 9, 2013

Car Show

Long Beach, CA – 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.

Event Information:
– There will be plenty of music, food, and raffles. Trophies will be awarded for various categories.
–Gates open at 7:00 am and cars will be parked by 9:00 am. The event will begin at 9:00 am.
–For more information about this event, please visit their website or you may call 310-343-9634
Download the event flyer and registration form.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Semper Fi Fund.

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Boston Marathon Relief Fund Benefit Concert at Peaceful Oaks Bed, Breakfast and Barn

May 6, 2013

Medina, TN – Purchase tickets online for $10, or purchase at the gate for $15.

Bring chairs, blankets, picnics, and drinks! Reggi's BBQ will have food and drinks available for purchase.

60s/70s Rock Boomerang Featuring John Noreen, Bob "Packrat" Stamps, Doug Frame, Gay Dement, Don wirth, Beverly Feinstein, Frank Feinstein, and special guest Sally Slayden-Berry.

Contact Johnnie at 731-616-7921 for questions, or download the event flyer.

New Report: Charity Watch May/June 2013: Semper Fund Remains 1 of 2 Veteran Non-profits with an A+

Charity Watch Top-Rated
May 2, 2013

CharityWatch is a nationally prominent charity rating and evaluation service dedicated to helping donors make informed giving decisions. Of the approximately six hundred charities currently rated by CharityWatch, only a select number qualify for the listing of Top-Rated charities based on a rigorous analysis. The Semper Fi Fund once again received an A+ rating, making us one of only two veteran non-profits to earn their highest rating. Read the rest of this entry »

BPR: Talking to Primary Winners Gabriel Gomez And Rep. Ed Markey, Lessons Learned From Allston Fire

May 1, 2013


Click Here to visit the web page and listen to the radio show!


– Michael Goldman, president of Goldman and Associates, and former Massachusetts GOP Chair Jennifer Nassour weighed in on Tuesday's primary results.

– Iraq War veteran Bobby Donnelly talked about comforting victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Donnelly lost a leg in a military parachuting accident. He now works for the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »