Homestead Gardens – Davisonville, MD Fundraiser

April 26, 2013

Davidsonville, Md – Homestead Gardens is once again sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. As in the past, raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each or 5 for $20 for a chance to win gift cards from local restaurants close to both Homestead Gardens locations, as well as from Homestead Gardens itself.

The fundraiser will be on May 4th and 5th in Davidsonville, Md. from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on May 11th and 12th at their Severna Park, Md. location from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

All those who contribute to the fundraiser will receive a 25% discount coupon from Homestead Gardens, good for one regularly priced item (with some exceptions).

Don't miss this great opportunity to support the Fund and win a chance to go on a shopping spree at Homestead Gardens or for a nice dinner out at one of the great local restaurants.

For additional information or if you have any questions, please contact Gladys Rodriguez at 443-607-1946

May Program to Benefit “Be There For Boston”

April 25, 2013

For the entire month of May, these two great promotional product companies pledge to donate $10 of every order to the America's Fund "Be There for Boston" program. The Semper Fi Fund has set up the Boston Marathon Relief Fund through our America's Fund program, and will be raising funds that will directly assist victims of the Boston bombings.

Visit www.ipromo.com and www.memorysuppliers.com today, make a purchase, and help Memory Suppliers and iPromo reach their $10,000 goal to benefit the America's Fund Boston Marathon Relief Fund. For further information, please contact Laura at Memory Suppliers by email.

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CNN: Tragedy in Boston – How to help

April 23, 2013

By Rebecca Angel Baer and Katie Walmsley | CNN | cnn.com | April 23, 2013

CNN – Patriots Day is the third Monday in April marking the anniversary of the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. It is also the date for the Boston Marathon every year. It is meant to be a joyful celebration for the city, but yesterday that all changed.

Tragedy struck and lives were changed forever after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the marathon. Instead of celebrating the city, a nation now mourns the loss of three and the injuries of more than 100. But true to the American spirit, there are people and organizations on the ground helping the victims, and you can join their efforts. Read the rest of this entry »

Veteran amputees visit bombing victims at Boston hospitals

April 23, 2013

By Healio | healio.com | April 23, 2013

A group of amputee veterans visited the victims of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, which killed three and injured more than 175 people, according to the Boston Medical Center Facebook page.

“We are happy to report that all of our amputation patients are nearly completed,” Jeffrey Kalish, MD, director of endovascular surgery at Boston Medical Center, stated during a press conference on April 22. “These patients are starting the process of both physical and mental rehabilitation, which is really going to be the next step in their care.” Read the rest of this entry »

Bloomberg: Amputee Veterans Bring Message of Hope to Boston Victims

April 23, 2013

By Drew Armstrong | Bloomberg | bloomberg.com | April 23, 2013

B.J. Ganem lost a leg to a roadside bomb in Iraq while serving in the Marines. Bobby Donnelly lost his after a high-altitude parachute jump.

When the explosions went off in Boston last week, ripping through the crowd and injuring more than 260 people, the two ex- soldiers and three other veterans quickly flew to Boston to meet with the victims who lost limbs. Their goal: To bring a message of hope to the survivors, showing them how active they could be despite their injuries, Ganem said in an interview. Read the rest of this entry »

Corporal Gabriel Martinez, USMC (Ret.)

April 23, 2013

Corporal Gabriel Martinez and his wife, Kayla, were married only three months before Gabe was deployed to Afghanistan with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion (CEB) in October 2010. Just one month later, on Thanksgiving Day, Gabe called Kayla with the devastating news that he had been injured by an improvised explosive device (IED) blast and medevaced out with one of his best friends. Read the rest of this entry »

Bloomberg: Boston Bombing Victims Start Rehab, Meet Amputee Veterans

April 22, 2013

By Shannon Pettypiece & Drew Armstrong | Bloomberg | bloomberg.com | April 22, 2013

Patients who lost limbs in the Boston Marathon bombings started using walkers to move around Boston Medical Center, met with amputee veterans and began to prepare for prosthetic legs. Read the rest of this entry »

The Wall Street Journal: FBI Returns Boston Marathon Bombing Site to City

April 22, 2013

By BEN KESLIN G | The Wall Street Journal | wsj.com | April 22, 2013

BOSTON – A week after the Boston Marathon bombings, the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday returned control of the crime scene to the city, as local businesses and Bostonians tried to return to normalcy.

Mayor Thomas Menino earlier announced a five-point plan to open much of the Back Bay neighborhood a week after two bombs killed three people and injured more than 170 last Monday near the marathon finish line. Authorities had cut off access to street and pedestrian traffic to a large swath of the area near Copley Square after the bombings, citing the needs of the investigation and possible contamination. Read the rest of this entry »

Community Athlete: Captain Mosi Smith at Endless Summer 6 hour event

April 22, 2013

Annapolis, MD – Marine Captain Mosi Smith will be participating in multiple events this year, as he has done throughout his several years of supporting the Semper Fi Fund. Participating in the St. John 8 Tuff Miles Road Race, Rock'N'Roll USA Marathon (as a pacer), Bull Run Run 50-Miler, Boston Marathon, Badwater: Salton Sea ultramarathon race, and Endless Summer 6 hour event. These races are a part of a long-term fundraising campaign that Captain Mosi Smith and Captain Robert Hillery launched in 2010 – they call it "1 in 10" campaign.

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

Community Athlete: Captain Mosi Smith at Badwater – Salton Sea Ultramarathon Race

April 22, 2013

Borrego Springs, CA – Marine Captain Mosi Smith will be participating in multiple events this year, as he has done throughout his several years of supporting the Semper Fi Fund. Participating in the St. John 8 Tuff Miles Road Race, Rock'N'Roll USA Marathon (as a pacer), Bull Run Run 50-Miler, Boston Marathon, Badwater: Salton Sea ultramarathon race, and Endless Summer 6 hour event. These races are a part of a long-term fundraising campaign that Captain Mosi Smith and Captain Robert Hillery launched in 2010 – they call it "1 in 10" campaign.

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

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:

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

Saturday:
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 | usatoday.com | 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 »