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

April 22, 2013

Houston, TX – Community Athlete Carolyn O'brien will be participating in the Lions Club 2013 Safari Run and Obstacle course.

Please help her out by donating to her fundraising site!

Community Athlete: LtCol Don Thieme and son at Fellsman Event

April 22, 2013

Thresfield, UK – LtCol Thieme is currently stationed at the US Embassy London. During his tour in London, he will be participating in the 61 mile Fellsman, which includes a climb of over 11,000 feet. Taking on this challenge with him is his son, Matthew. During this amazing challenge, they both will be representing the Semper Fi Fund and Marine Corps.

To help their campaign, please donate to their fundraising page!

Liberty Run Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5k

April 22, 2013

Liberty State Park, NJ – Liberty Run Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5k will take place on Friday May 24, 2013 – Saturday May 25, 2013 at Liberty State Park. The focus of this run is to celebrate the military during Fleet Week in NYC, as well as rebuild the New Jersey coast after Hurricane Sandy (charity partners reflect this mission). The Semper Fi Fund is a beneficiary of this event.

Click here to register now! Please visit the event website for more information.

Event details:

10am-8pm packet pick-up, Health & Fitness Expo in Liberty State Park
7pm Hot Legs High Heel Hustle
7pm-9pm USO free concert

6:30am-7:45am Assemble at starting point
8am Liberty Run Marathon handcycle/wheelchair start
8:15am Marathon start
8:30am Half Marathon start
9am Hudson Lightning Liberty Hustle 5k
10:30am-3pm Post Race Festival
6pm Salute to the Fleet Free Concert (Standing Room Only)

Polo & Hot Air Balloon Festival

April 22, 2013

Lake Worth, FL – The Ford Trucks Polo & Balloon Festival will take place o May 10-12, 2013

–Admission is donated to the Semper Fi Fund
–USMC color guard, Hot air balloon rides, Mothers Day breakfast, polo games, and more

Contact Jonathan for more information at 561-683-4443 x.339 or by email.

Download the event flyer.

USA Today: Disfigured veteran deals with disrespect at home

April 22, 2013

The Semper Fi Fund is proud to support Ronny Porta on his life-long road to recovery!

By Gregg Zoroya and Alan Gomez | USA Today | | April 25, 2013

BELTSVILLE, MD. – Six years have passed since a roadside bomb set Ronny "Tony" Porta on fire in Iraq when he was 20, and he's still trying to find his way home.

Story Highlights boxEach reflection in the mirror bears witness to why that is not easy.

Every stranger who points or stares, every teenager who mocks with the word "monster" or couple that whisper behind his back that the disfigurement is the price for invading a country, tells Porta he hasn't quite left the battlefield behind.

"This is home for me," says Porta, 26, who grew up in suburban-Washington Beltsville after his family emigrated from Peru. "But sometimes, it's kind of hard saying, 'I am home.'"

Two months ago, a man approached Porta in a Home Depot. He stood studying the burns on Porta's face and asked if a car accident was to blame. Porta, wearing a Marine Corps sweatshirt, said, no, it was an IED explosion in Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »

Mt. Kilimanjaro Hike

April 22, 2013

Tanzania, Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcanic mountain in Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Tanzania, the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 19,341 feet above sea level. This statistical significance helped Mount Kilimanjaro secure the position as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.

Father and son team, Mark and Marine Sergeant Brad Dixon, will hike the incredible Mt. Kilimanjaro in an attempt to raise $1 for each foot to the summit elevation - $19,341 - for our wounded and critically ill service members and the Semper Fi Fund. Please visit their fundraising page and support their great adventure.

Mt. Kilimanjaro

Ink Jam Studio Bike Ride 2013

April 22, 2013

Massachusetts – The Ink Jam Tattoo Studio Summer Bash will take place on July 21, 2013. This is a family friendly event.

–$15 donation to ride
–Bike run starts 10am, leaves 11:45am from Boston Harley-Davidson, 1760 Revere Beach Pkwy (Rt 16) Everett, MA
–Motorcycles arrive at Maynard Rod & Gun Club 45 Old mill Rd Maynard, MA
–Bash is 12:30PM-6:00PM
–food, beer, live music, hot rods, pin ups, tattoo contest, bike contest, and raffles

For more information call 781-316-2393 or visit the website.

Ink Jam Studio Flyer

Sharing our stories: BJ Ganem

April 20, 2013

William “BJ” Ganem served four years on active duty in various capacities. At the end of his first enlistment in 2000, he decided to leave active duty but stay in the ready reserves by joining with Gulf Co 2nd BN 24th Marines located in Madison, WI. He was working as a District Sales Manager for Kraft Foods in May 2004 when his unit was called to serve in support of operations in Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »

Giving to Boston’s victims: How to choose a charity

April 19, 2013

By Barbara Bogaev | Marketplace | | April 19, 2013

Between the bombing in Boston and the deadly explosion in Texas there are hundreds of Americans still in the hospital, many of them facing large hospital and rehab costs. After tragedies like these, home-grown charities usually pop up immediately to help with expenses. Ken Berger, president and CEO of Charity Navigator, a website which ranks philanthropic organizations based on performance, joins us to talk about donating. Read the rest of this entry »

Bourbon and Bowties

April 19, 2013

Baltimore, VA – This is the 5thannual event hosted by The Quinntessential Gentleman. Bourbon & Bowties is The Quinntessential Gentleman's annual charity fundraiser, which raises money once a year benefitting a local Baltimore charity and a national charity.

Bourbon and Bowties logo

This year's local charity is Healthcare for the Homeless (HCH). Their mission is to prevent and end homelessness for vulnerable individuals and families by providing quality, integrated health care and promoting access to affordable housing and sustainable incomes through direct service, advocacy, and community engagement. The national charity is the Semper Fi Fund which is honored to be sharing the benefits from this fundraiser with such a worthwhile cause.

Tickets for the event are $75 and it includes food and beverage, live music, silent/live auctions, a raffle and a Rocky Patel Cigar. The event will be catered by Capital Grille and music by the Bumper Jacksons playing Traditional Jazz, Ragtime and Pre-War Country. We ask attendees to wear a bowtie during the day of the event to raise awareness for the charities we will be supporting and a sign of commitment to making Baltimore a little more handsome (beautiful).

Please join us for a wonderful evening on Baltimore's waterfront! Click here for registration.

Where to donate to aid Boston Marathon bombing victims

April 18, 2013

By David Riley | Herald News | | April 18, 2013

Fundraising to aid the victims of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing continues to ramp up.
Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office has warned people to donate carefully and check out charities to make sure they are legitimate before contributing. Read the rest of this entry »

Ex-Marine to help in Boston; amputee wants to assist people who survived injuries

April 18, 2013

By PAT SCHNEIDER | The Capital Times | | April 18, 2013

B.J. Ganem of Reedsburg, seen here last September, is heading to Boston to help those who lost limbs in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings.

The first response to the amputation of a limb in an explosion — from the devices that have injured hundreds of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to the bombs that took limbs from a reported 13 people at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday — may be euphoria, B.J. Ganem of Reedsburg says. Read the rest of this entry »

Community Athlete: Joseph Loranger-prior at C&O Canal 100 Mile Ultra marathon

April 18, 2013

Brunswick, MD – If you would like to support his fundraising (in which you can select the Semper Fi Fund as where your full donations can support) please visit his fundraising site!

Community Athlete: Carolyn Obrien – Running for a Cause Team

April 18, 2013

Rave and Digital Run, Houston, TX – Please help her out by donating to the fundraising site!

America’s Fund to Aid Boston Marathon Victims, Offer Immediate Financial Support for Recovery

April 17, 2013

By Alicia Selliti | PRWeb | | April 17, 2013

Washington, DC – In the wake of Monday’s tragedy in Boston, the nation mourns the lives we lost, and grieves for the injured and their families. These are the first days in what may be a long road to recovery; and America’s Fund will be there to help. The charity program, administered by the veteran non-profit Semper Fi Fund, will be sending staff, volunteers, and amputees wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan to Boston to provide encouragement, guidance, and immediate financial support to victims and their families. Read the rest of this entry »