Ongoing giving opportunities: Christmas Stockings

July 26, 2013

Christmas Stockings benefits the semper fi fundEarly Bird Christmas Stockings Sale to benefit the Semper Fi Fund. Personalize your Christmas Stockings with name and graphics. Include holiday graphics, characters, team logos or any of the thousands of graphics available. All stockings are fully lined, and made to order. Cuff approximately 4" x 8" and body is approximately 19" from top corner to toe. (Size can be adjusted for custom orders.) Made and shipped within 5 business days. Basic stockings are cotton red or green, and cotton plaid cuff. Other colors and patterns available. Read the rest of this entry »

The St. Mary’s Century

July 26, 2013

Drayden, MD - The St. Mary's Century is partnering with the Semper Fi Fund to support our injured and critically ill service members and their families. This race is organized by Patuxent Velo which is a USCF (road) and NORBA (mountain) bicycle racing club located in Southern Maryland.

There will be options for riders of various abilities. Choose a traditional full century (104 miles), 68 miles, 50 miles, or 25 miles. Routes are flat to rolling, with occasional hills. All rest stops have real bathrooms (no port-a-potties) and are sponsored by local restaurants that will be well-stocked with traditional items, as well as local specialties. Whether you ride the entire 100 miles or the shorter routes, count on hospitality and friendliness. At the end of the ride enjoy the festivities and delicious food.

The rides start from Dennis Point Marina located at 46555 Dennis Point Road, Drayden MD, 20630. Registration and packet pickup is from 7:00-9:00 am and century riders are required to start no later then 9:00 am.

Visit their website for more information.

Exclusive Semper Fi Fund Interview with Rock Legend Ted Nugent

July 26, 2013

Legendary musician Ted Nugent made it big in the 1960’s and 70s with classic hits like Cat Scratch Fever and Stranglehold, and went on to become one of the biggest names in rock and roll. But you may not know that he’s also an activist and advocate for the men and women who serve. Last Tuesday, Ted took the stage in support of our troops and other safety personnel, performing at SafetyHeroes.org’s 5th annual fundraiser and raising $14,000 for Semper Fi Fund. We had a chance to interview the rock star and get some exclusive insight into his take on music, the military, and what it means to be American. Read the rest of this entry »

G.I. Dash

July 25, 2013

GI DashCentreville, VA - G.I. Dash is a 5k obstacle run brought to you by Green Lion Events LLC. With donations going to benefit the Semper Fi Fund, this race is not only about having fun while getting dirty, it’s also about giving back to a great charity! This military-themed event brings you Dog Tags, Barb Wire Crawls, 7' Wall Climbs and much more! All athletic types are encouraged to come, from the hardcore 10+ mile runners, to the casual competitors; this event is based around great sportsmanship and personally challenging yourself!

Please visit their website for more information or download their flyer.

Copper River Marine Charity Golf Tournament

July 25, 2013

Fresno, CA – This wonderful fundraiser and golf tournament hosted by the Men's and Women's Golf Organizations with the assistance of the Marine Corps League will be comprised of 24 foursomes (one Marine sponsored by three Club members) and will take place at the lovely Copper River Country Club.

Event Information:

11:00am - Registration
12:00pm - Welcoming Ceremony
12:30pm - Shotgun Start
5:00pm - No-Host Cocktail Hour and Catered Buffet Dinner

Semper Fi Fund client Marines, uniformed Marines from the Fresno Marine Recruiting Command, select uniformed Marines from Lemoore Naval Air Station and select Marine Corps League members, each with a spouse or guest, will be graciously sponsored as dinner guests by the Copper River Country Club membership.

Proceeds from the tournament will be divided between the Semper Fi Fund and the Marine Corps League to be used in support of Toys for Tots in Fresno County.

Copper River Marine Charity Golf Tournament

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8th Annual Puget Sound All Marine Golf Tournament

July 22, 2013

Newcastle, WA - The Pacific Northwest is holding its 8th annual fundraising golf tournament to support the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund!

- 4-Person Scramble Format (144 Maximum Players)
- Registration @ 0800 – Driving Range, unlimited range balls
- Shotgun Start @ 0930
- Entry Fee: $125/person, individuals welcome (incl: Green Fee, Power Cart, Award Ceremony & Meal)
- Prizes: Closest to Pin, Longest & Straightest Drive (Women and Men)
Great selection of prizes to be raffled and auctioned.

99% of the funds raised will be donated to Semper Fi Fund!

Please contact Steven R. Sanford by email for more information or visit the website.

Download the event flyer.

America’s Heroes Charity Golf Tournament 2013

July 22, 2013
LCpl Brandon Pelletier at America's Heroes Charity Golf Tourn 2011

Semper Fi Fund's LCpl Brandon Pelletier shares his story at America's Heroes Charity Golf Tourn 2011

Monterey, CA -- The Naval Postgraduate School Foundation is once again hosting its annual America's Heroes Charity Golf Tournament and Auction to help military service members wounded-in-action. The NPS Foundation has chosen the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, Sentinels of Freedom, Navy SEAL Foundation, and the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society as their wounded-in-action charity beneficiaries, who help direct aid to those most in need.

The tournament will be held at Monterey Peninsula Country Club in Pebble Beach, California on August 13, 2013.

For a fee of $850 per golfer or $150 per non-golfing dinner/auction guest, you can take part in the 2012 America's Heroes Charity Golf Tournament and lend a hand to those who have selflessly served our country. Included in the price of your golf outing is admission to the post-golf cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner, and live auction. A portion of the registration fees are tax deductible.

For more information about registering to play or sponsoring the tournament, please call the NPS Foundation office at (831) 656-2339 or contact by email.

For full details on the tournament please see the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation website.

~2013 Photo Updates from the event

Thank you Naval Post Graduate School Foundation for your many years of support!

Thank you Naval Post Graduate School Foundation for your many years of support!

Sgt Julian Torres enjoys the view at the Monterey Bay Peninsula Country Club. A big thanks to Sgt Torres for sharing your personal story at dinner.

Sgt Julian Torres enjoys the view at the Monterey Bay Peninsula Country Club.
A big thanks to Sgt Torres for sharing his story at dinner.

 

The Daily News: From Amputation to Independence

July 21, 2013

By Thomas Brennan | The Daily News - Jacksonville, NC | jdnews.com | July 21, 2013

As the dust from the blast began to settle, Raymond Mackey knew his life had changed forever.

“We were doing a company-sized patrol near Marjah, Afghanistan – a sweep for improvised explosive devices,” said retired Marine Sgt. Maj. Raymond Mackey, 50, of Beulaville. “I was with the rear element with a couple Marines when a Marine fell into a ditch. I reached down to help him up right as the explosive was detonated.”

It was Dec. 23, 2009 and Mackey, the battalion sergeant major of 3rd Battalion, 10th Marines, was only a few weeks into his tour in Afghanistan. The explosive left him with both legs amputated above the knee, and severely wounded his right arm and injured his abdomen. Read the rest of this entry »

Cruises for a Cause: Swansboro, NC

July 20, 2013

Photo courtesy of ncparks.gov

Photo courtesy of ncparks.gov

View their flyer for more details!

View their flyer for more details!

Swansboro, NC - Please join us at Cruises for a Cause in Hammocks Beach State Park meeting on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2pm from September 11 thru October 31st: 1572 Hammock Beach Rd. Swansboro, NC 28584

Learn about the ecology and cultural history of coastal North Carolina as you enjoy the wildlife and scenery of Swansboro and Hammocks Beach State Park while supporting the Semper Fi Fund at the same time!  This interpretive ferry cruise will introduce you to local wildlife, history, and stories that helped shape this area we see today.

*Cost: monetary donation per passenger benefiting the Semper Fi Fund.
*Seating is limited; reserve your seat today by contacting the park office at 910-326-4881.
*Starts at: 2:00pm
*Meet at: Visitor Center

42nd Annual Rink Roast: Charleston, SC

July 20, 2013

Rink Roast Fundraiser charleston SCPlease join us for the 42nd Annual RINK (Reserves in Nautical Kinship) Roast on November 9th, 2013 at 4pm at the Elks Lodge in Charleston, SC.  Together, a group of retired Naval officers meet annual to celebrate camaraderie along with a barbecue dinner, auctions, raffles and live music, all to benefit the Semper Fi Fund. This is the 6th year this dedicated group has supported Semper Fi Fund with this great event.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Rich via email (richbhart@yahoo.com) or phone 843-696-9864; or contact Steve via email (jesse301@aol.com) or phone 803-603-1825.

Institute Donates $25,000 to Semper Fi Fund

July 18, 2013

The Potomac Institute donated $25,000 to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, representing proceeds from sales of "Al Gray, Marine: The Early Years." Gen. Al Gray and author Scott Laidig were on hand to present the check with Mike Swetnam, CEO. Receiving the check were Karen Guenther, President, CEO and Founder of the Semper Fi Fund; and Bob Bowlin, Semper Fi Fund treasurer. Read the rest of this entry »

Msgt Ryan C Love benefit Motorcycle Ride

July 18, 2013

Searsport, ME - 50-mile charity motorcycle ride in honor and in memory of Msgt Ryan C Love, 17-year veteran of the USMC, hosted by Ryan's family and friends.

$20/bike, $10/passenger — 1st 100 to register are guaranteed commemorative t-shirt
Raffles & auction will take place at the post-ride party!

POC: Cleon Buzzell at 321-799-0855 or by email for more information.

Bell Ford’s Test Drive For a Patriot on 960 The Patriot

July 18, 2013

Phoenix, AZ - Hugh Hewitt & 960 The Patriot invite listeners to stop into Bell Ford to test drive a vehicle. For every vehicle test driven, Bell Ford will donate a $100 to The Semper Fi Fund. Listeners can also stop into Bell Ford to make a donation to the Semper Fi Fund.

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Bell Ford Logo

Athens, Georgia: Wood for Warriors

July 13, 2013

Wood for WarriorsSutton Norris has pledged to chop, split, and sell firewood for donations in order to reach his goal of purchasing a new Action Track Chair for a wounded service member. His goal is to raise $13,000 - the cost to purchase a new ATC.  If you'd like to support Sutton with his efforts, visit his fundraising link today.

ACT for wounded warriors