Observer-Dispatch – ‘Team Eli’ running for Semper Fi Fund

October 17, 2013

By - STAFF REPORT, Observer-Dispatch, Link to article
Posted Oct 16, 2013 @ 01:12 AM
REGION - The third annual Empire State Marathon/Half Marathon will take place Sunday, Oct. 20, in Syracuse and members of “Team Eli” of Camden, will be participating as community athletes for the Semper Fi Fund.

Named in memory of U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Elisha Parker, a 2002 Camden High School graduate who was killed in action in Iraq on May 4, 2006, Team Eli will run to support our nation’s wounded service members and their families. Read the rest of this entry »

CNN – All-terrain wheelchair helps disabled get back on track

October 17, 2013

By Natalie Angley, CNN
updated 3:03 PM EDT, Wed October 16, 2013 | Filed under: Innovations | Link to article

(CNN) -- Cpl. Michael Boucher will never forget June 12, 2011. He was on his second deployment with the Marines in Afghanistan. Another squad had been hit by two improvised explosive devices, and he was helping to clear the landing zone so a helicopter could pick up the casualties.

"An IED was set off, and at first I didn't realize it was me Read the rest of this entry »

WNCT9 – Service dog helps Marine veteran manage PTSD

October 17, 2013

Posted: Oct 15, 2013 6:15 PM EDT | Updated: Oct 15, 2013 6:15 PM EDT | Link to article
By Madeleine Wright, Digital Journalist - email

RICHLANDS, N.C. - Military veterans sometimes find it difficult re-adjusting to life at home after a combat tour. But one former Marine with post traumatic stress disorder is not letting his disability get in the way of life.

For 28-year-old Tom Brennan of Richlands, going out in public was sometimes a challenge. A doctor diagnosed him with post traumatic stress disorder, Read the rest of this entry »

San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church Alternative Gift Market 2013

October 17, 2013

San Luis Obispo, CA – The San Luis Obispo United Methodist Church will hold their Alternative Gift Market on Sunday, November 10, 2013 from 8:30am to 2:00pm in the Methodist Activity Center and kitchen. Alternative giving is a form of gift giving in which the giver makes a donation to a charitable organization on the gift recipient's behalf, rather than giving them an item. This year shoppers can select gift donations for Semper Fi Fund and America's Fund, Read the rest of this entry »

Drive for Veterans cross-country drive to support our Veterans!

October 16, 2013

San Diego, CA to The Villages, FL - Supporting America’s Heroes, One Mile at a Time, The Drive for Veterans is a cross-country fundraising trip to provide support and awareness for wounded American veterans. Columbia ParCar, the proud organizing sponsor of the Drive for Veterans, is using a convoy of zero-emission, low-speed electric vehicles to drive from California to Florida over approximately 45 days. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund Charity Golf Tournament 2013

October 11, 2013

Coto de Caza, CA – Are you a golf lover? We invite you to join us for a great game of golf while supporting the nation's bravest men and women. The Semper Fi/America's Fund Charity Golf Tournament raises both funds and awareness for the needs of military personnel serving in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and provides immediate financial support to injured and critically ill service members throughout Southern California. Read the rest of this entry »

GoDaddy Founder Bob Parsons Donates $1 Million to Semper Fi Fund for Injured Service Members!

October 10, 2013

Released: October 10, 2013
Semper Fi Fund is thrilled to announce that The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has made a $1 million donation to help provide critical financial support for injured and critically ill service members in their time of need. This marks the second year in a row that The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation has pledged its support, to which it has donated a collective $2.8 million. These funds will assist service members in all branches of the military, through Semper Fi Fund and its program America’s Fund.

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation was established in 2012 by award-winning business leader Bob Parsons and his wife Renee Read the rest of this entry »

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

October 10, 2013
Tim Gallen Reporter - Phoenix Business Journal Email | LinkedIn | Twitter | Google+
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.
Industries: Technology

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: madeline.schildwachter@semperfifund.org

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 semperfi5k@gmail.com

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 tomsmithfla@yahoo.com

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: https://myers-park-deca.sportssignup.com/

For more information about the event please contact:
Trevor Huffstettler (704) 999-4342 or jjzt@carolina.rr.com
Adam Stroud (704) 840-6482 or adamstroud@carolina.rr.com

VMI cadets ride 102 miles for charity, fallen soldiers

October 4, 2013

WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va
Posted: Oct 04, 2013 6:06 PM EDT Updated: Oct 04, 2013 6:06 PM EDT
By Tim Ciesco, Reporter - email
Link to article

LEXINGTON, VA - VMI cadets Keith MacDonald, Ryan Long, Schafer Wymond, and Travis Via got one last practice in Friday before they embark on a "modest" 102 mile bike ride.

"It's really mental," said Wymond. "You gotta be ready for it."

They're riding in the Martin's Tour of Richmond Saturday and have put many hours and miles on their bikes to prepare. But they say what they've done is small compared to what our armed forces do daily.

That's why they're riding for them -- raising money for a charity called the Semper Fi Fund, which provides financial help to soldiers who return home with physical or mental disabilities, or in dire financial straits.

"We liked Semper Fi because 96 percent of their donations go directly to assisting these veterans," said Long, who organized the team. Read the rest of this entry »