Let’s Raise $10 Million to Celebrate 10 Years!

October 31, 2014

The Semper Fi Fund 10 for 10 Challenge

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, with Support from GoDaddy, Will Match Donations Dollar-for-Dollar to Semper Fi Fund

This November, the Semper Fi Fund rounds out its 10th anniversary year with the 10 for 10 Challenge – a matching campaign with the potential to raise $10 million for wounded, critically ill and injured veterans. The challenge, issued by The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, with support from GoDaddy, is one of the largest matching campaigns in the history of veteran nonprofits. Through December 31, 2014, all donations to the Semper Fi Fund and Americas Fund will be matched, dollar-for-dollar. Read the rest of this entry »

The 2014 39th Marine Corps Marathon: We Can’t Thank Everyone Enough!

October 29, 2014

Here’s the bottom line up top: The weekend of October 23-26 was absolutely amazing!

It marked the 39th running of the Marine Corps Marathon--and the 10th year that the Semper Fi Fund has been involved with this incredible and inspirational event. Of the 27,422 entrants in this year’s Marathon, more than 900 runners and cyclists participated as Semper Fi Fund Community Athletes (more than 730 of them!) and members of Team Semper Fi and Team America's Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

Medal of Honor recipient to start marathon with skydive

October 27, 2014

Fox News | Oct. 25, 2014 - 2:51 | Link to Video

Kyle Carpenter on record-breaking attempt and representing the Semper Fi Fund Read the rest of this entry »

Marine Corps Marathon Filled With 30,000 Stories

October 27, 2014

CBS DC | By Chuck Carroll | October 26, 2014 1:59 PM | Link to Article

WASHINGTON (WNEW) — The Marine Corps Marathon, also known as “The People’s Marathon,” symbolizes the values of the Marine Corps.

Many service members ran or pedaled the 26.2 miles for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

For Marine Gunnery Sgt. Guillermo Tejada it’s more than a marathon. It’s a reminder of Nov. 11, 2010.

“That day I got struck by an I.E.D. and I lost both of my legs on impact,” Tejada says. Read the rest of this entry »

Handcyclist Competing in Third Marine Corps Marathon

October 27, 2014

4 NBC Washington | By Julie Carey | Friday, Oct 24, 2014 | Link to Article

Washington, DC - A Marine who lost his legs to an IED in Afghanistan will be one of dozens of handcyclists racing alongside runners in the Marine Corps Marathon Sunday.

Sgt. Michael Frazier was introduced to his first handcycle while being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after the explosion. Frazier has also served three tours in Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »

Mom runs Marine Corps Marathon for injured son and Semper Fi Fund

October 26, 2014

Comcast Sports Network | October 23, 2014, 11:00 pm | Link to Article

Washignton, DC - After her son suffered a traumatic injury in 2006, this mom decided to run the Marine Corps Marathon to benefit the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

Calloway’s and Cornelius Nursery 3rd Annual Veteran’s Day Sale

October 25, 2014

Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston, Texas – Calloway's and Cornelius Nursery is a 18-store garden center chain serving the Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston markets. The company strives to make gardening fun, easy and successful for customers and takes pride in supporting the community. Read the rest of this entry »

Marcus Café 4th Annual Chili Cook-Off

October 24, 2014

Richardson, TX – Please join Marcus Café in sampling and judging some wonderful chili recipes. The $25 entry fee will get your chili entered into the contest, while judges pay $10 to sample and determine the award-winning chili. For more information, please contact by email or visit their website. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund’s MCM Pasta Dinner

October 21, 2014

Washington, DC - Semper Fi Fund will also host its annual pre-Marathon Pasta Dinner at the Gateway Crystal Marriott in Arlington on Saturday October 25th featuring speakers General Alfred M. Gray, Chairman of the Semper Fi Fund and 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps and Guest Speaker Mr. Bob Parsons, Founder of GoDaddy, Co-founder of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, Founder & CEO of YAM Worldwide. Read the rest of this entry »

6th Annual John Ripley Memorial Race

October 20, 2014

Annapolis, MD - After 12 years of continuous, worldwide combat operations, nearly 45,000 soldiers have been wounded - and many returning veterans come home to new challenges. We believe that as citizens, we share an obligation to take care of these men and women, to honor the sacrifices they have made, our mission is to step in where government leaves off. Established in 2009, the Ripley Race raises awareness, money and support for America's Veterans. Join us by making a tax-deductible donation or registering in the race.
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CAO Throw-Down Wrestling Tournament 2014

October 18, 2014

Rio Rancho, NM - In honor of USMC Pvt Christopher Otero and to show their appreciation, the Otero family will be hosting a really cool, really fun wrestling tournament to support the Semper Fi Fund. Come out and enjoy the day's festivities. Registration opens on 10/17/2014. Read the rest of this entry »

CAO Throw-Down Wrestling Tournament 2014 – Weigh Ins

October 18, 2014

Rio Rancho, NM - In honor of USMC Pvt Christopher Otero and to show their appreciation, the Otero family will be hosting a really cool, really fun wrestling tournament to support the Semper Fi Fund. Come out and enjoy the day's festivities. Registration opens on 10/17/2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund Returns to Marine Corps Marathon 900+ Strong to Raise Funds and Awareness for Injured Veterans

October 18, 2014

Washington, DC – On Sunday, October 26th, before most of us have even had our morning coffee, a sea of red-shirted runners and hand-cyclists will queue up for the 39th Annual Marine Corps Marathon in support of the Semper Fi Fund. For the fifth year in a row, the Semper Fi Fund will be the MCM’s largest charity partner, with over 900 runners and hand-cyclists raising funds and awareness for injured, ill and wounded service members. Read the rest of this entry »

1 Marine, 12 Races, 12 Months, 1,200 Miles

October 17, 2014

“I didn't expect the outflowing of emotion and support as a result of my quest,” says retired Marine Captain Felicia Wilkerson. “I don't consider myself that remarkable, this is just what I do. I run.”

Felicia’s modesty aside, her quest really is quite remarkable: Her goal is to participate in one distance race each month for a full year, with an expected total distance of about 1,200 miles. She’s taking on this personal challenge—which she calls the 12for12for1200—in order to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund and Read the rest of this entry »

Come Join Us After the Marine Corps Marathon on Charity Hill!

October 15, 2014

On race day for the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon the Semper Fi Fund will have its usual tent on Charity Hill (near the Bell Tower and finish line.) We hope that you and your family/friends will stop by after the race so that we can thank you for Running for the Fund! There will be food, drink and massage therapists on-hand, along with the warm camaraderie that embraces our wonderful team, so be sure to stop by! Read the rest of this entry »