America’s Fund Announces $1 Million Matching Campaign

May 27, 2013

America's Fund, a charitable program operated by the Semper Fi Fund, announces a $1 million donation matching campaign to run over the next year, made possible by the incredible generosity of a family who prefers to remain anonymous. Donations up to $1 million pledged to America's Fund will be matched by this family, helping America's Fund further their mission of providing financial assistance to injured U.S. service members and their families. Read the rest of this entry »

Bringing Hope to Boston

May 25, 2013

Hailey Danisewicz recently teamed up with some of our injured service members to bring hope those wounded in the Boston bombings. What she found in return will stay with her for a lifetime. Read about her experience in this entry from her blog:

There are certain days in history that remain etched in our minds forever- events that we can recall with vivid detail years after they occur. For me, Monday April 15, 2013 will always be one of those days. Read the rest of this entry »

Hugh Hewitt Hosts the Semper Fi Fund in Honor of Memorial Day

May 24, 2013

Each Memorial Day, national radio personality Hugh Hewitt takes the time to talk with some of our nation's injured heroes so that they may share their stories with America. We invite you to listen in to this inspirational show and hear first-hand how the Semper Fi Fund has been there for our wounded and critically ill service members from "day one". We are excited for the opportunity to spread awareness for our injured service members and their families, and also celebrate and remember the life and service of all those who lost their lives while bravely serving our country. Read the rest of this entry »

Partners in Tourism 2013

May 22, 2013

San Diego, CA – San Diego Concierge Association along with corporate partners SeaWorld, Lego Land, & Enterprise Car Rental will be having their annual "Partners in Tourism" Tradeshow to showcase their companies to the tourism industry. This year, they've decided to help raise money for the Semper Fi Fund. The event is free and open to the public. Please contact Gaby Delgado at 858.964.6544 if you have any questions.

Download the event flyer!

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Semper Chai: Marine spouse promotes healing power of tea

May 19, 2013

By Hope Hodge | Military Times | | May 19, 2013

A Marine spouse believes she has found a remedy for deployment separation anxiety, post-traumatic stress and even battlefield wounds — and it’s all in a cup of hot tea.

For Rachel Crawford, wife of a Marine major stationed aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., her discovery of the healing powers of tea began after the loss of her prematurely born twin girls. Finding that a mug of tea was the only thing that brought her any comfort in her grief, she was inspired, as time passed, to learn more about the potency of tea and its uses. Her digging led her to adaptogens, compounds within medicinal herbs that some believe enhance performance and promote wellness, stability and healing. Read the rest of this entry »

San Diego Union Tribune: Marines win Warrior Games

May 17, 2013

By Gretel C. Kovach | San Diego Union Tribune | | May 17, 2013

The Marines fought off a near upset from the Army this week in the 2013 Warrior Games, claiming a fourth Chairman’s Cup and another year of bragging rights as undefeated champion of the athletic competition for troops injured by combat, illness or accidents.

At closing ceremonies Thursday night in Colorado Springs, Colo., the 50-member team of active duty and veteran Marines belted their hymn for the crowd, singing “From the Halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli…” Some of the athletes sat in wheelchairs or stood on prosthetic legs. Some couldn’t see the cup they passed around, but they kissed and hugged it and each other. Read the rest of this entry »

Ongoing Giving Opportunities: No Ordinary Bones Novel

May 17, 2013

Gold Star Mom and author, Julie Emch, has written a children's book about an adventure that her son, Luke, took as a boy. Luke was a Corpsman attached to a Marine EOD unit when he was killed in Iraq in 2007. A portion of the proceeds from this wonderful story will be donated to the Semper Fi Fund to continue to take care of Marines…just as Doc Emch had. Read the rest of this entry »

Giammalva Racquet Club Memorial Day Tennis Mixer

May 16, 2013

Spring, TX – In honor of Memorial Day, Giammalva Racquet Club is hosting an annual Memorial Day Tennis Mixer on Monday, May 27th from 9:00 am -11:00 am to benefit the Semper Fi Fund. This mixer is for members and non-members of all levels of play. There are no fees to participate, but donations are welcomed.

Come out for tennis, food, fun and support the Semper Fi Fund! Any donation is greatly appreciated.

If you would like to participate in this mixer, you can go to Giammalva website and sign up, or contact by email.

North American Golf and Poker Challenge

May 16, 2013

Midwest, Unites States – The Challenge is a one-of-a-kind amateur golf tournament with Tour caliber execution and payouts. This two-person scramble event allows you and your partner your choice of courses to play and compete for the ultimate prize package: YOUR chance to play for millions of dollars at the World Championship of Poker Main Event. Please visit their website for additional location and registration information. A portion from each entry fee will be donated to the Semper Fi Fund in support of our wounded and critically ill service members and their families.

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Ongoing Giving Opportunities: Boston Strong T-Shirts

May 16, 2013

Boston StrongMade in the USA and sold to support the America's Fund Boston Marathon Relief Fund. These soft, unisex, BOSTON STRONG t-shirts were designed by a Bostonian and made for everyone. The heart in "STRONG" represents the physical strength of the human heart in supporting the human body, and the hearts of individuals who persevere to overcome great challenges and support one another. 50% of each shirt purchased will benefit those injured in the Boston Marathon bombings and their families. Please support this great cause! Read the rest of this entry »

International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans – Symposium and Conferences

May 16, 2013

Boston, MA – The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans first hosted an educational program in Boston in 1976. Through the years we have returned to the city again and again, each time impressed by the historic beauty and the proud citizens who call Boston home.

Now we are honored to be able to give something back to a city that has graciously hosted so many of our members.

The Foundation, together with ISCEBS, will donate $15 for every registration to our upcoming Boston conferences to the America's Fund Boston Marathon Relief Fund. The Semper Fi Fund, inspired to help the victims of the Boston bombing, and in addition, created the America's Fund Mentors Program through which veterans will mentor the newly injured, providing hope and encouragement throughout their rehabilitation and recovery.

Donations will be made for each registration to the following four programs, all hosted in September and expected to bring nearly 800 conference attendees to Boston:

Construction Industry Benefits Conference
Benefit Plan Professionals Institute for Accountants
Collection Procedures Institute
32nd Annual ISCEBS Employee Benefits Symposium

The Foundation is proud to support Boston. We look forward to returning to the city this September and in 2014 for the 60th U.S. Annual Employee Benefits Conference.

Please visit the website for more information and registration.

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Community Athlete: Joy Prentice at San Francisco Half Marathon

May 15, 2013

San Francisco, CA – Joy has been a longtime supporter of the Semper Fi Fund, from volunteering at events, bringing in new athletes to become Community Athletes fundraisers, and now helping to spread the funds need for supporters. She will be participating in the San Francisco Half Marathon during which she'll be fundraising and letting others know of our mission.

Please support her efforts by donating to her fundraising page!

Community Athlete: Jonathan Leal – Running for a Cause Team

May 15, 2013

Wounded Warrior 10k, Dallas, TX – Please help Community Athlete Jonathan Leal 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: Chris Sukow at Texas Water Safari

May 15, 2013

San Marcos, TX – Chris Sukow is participating in the Texas Water Safari, which is a 260-mile paddle race from the Texas Hill Country to the Gulf Coast.

Run continuously since 1963, the course follows the San Marcos and Guadalupe Rivers from the city of San Marcos to the coastal fishing town of Seadrift. Paddlers must complete the race in 100 hours. While the required exhausting pace and blistering heat are reason enough to bow out, it is the ancillary hurdles that often eliminate racers long before the finish line: dam portages, water moccasins, logjams, mosquitoes, dysentery, alligators, sleep deprivation, and equipment failures.

I will be paddling in the Standard Division of the race with longtime friend, Brandon Heutmaker, who is from just outside Denver, Colorado. I am supporting the Semper Fi fund as I had the privilege and fortune of being raised in a military family. Dad was a career Marine helicopter pilot and mom was a "Bad Ass" Marine wife!!

With this family background, Chris has decided to fundraise for his event. To donate to his event, please visit his campaign page!

Community Athlete: Nicky Potochnik, Andrew Strohecker (former Sgt), Joe Garcia (former Cpl), and Brandon Richardson (Active duty Sgt)

May 15, 2013

Washington, DC – Community Athlete Nicky Potochnik, Andrew Strohecker (former Sgt), Joe Garcia (former Cpl), and Brandon Richardson (Active duty Sgt) will participate in the Northface 50k Challenge in June 2013.

Thank you for your efforts in support of the Semper Fi Fund!

Please support their efforts by donating to their fundraising site.