Ride 430: Powered by the Free Wheel Foundation

February 28, 2013

Arizona – The Ride 430 Challenge is a non-profit cycling event that helps give America's injured military service people and their families hope and assistance as they travel the road to recovery. This year's race will begin on October 9th and complete on October 12th as the group rides through the beautiful mountains of northern Arizona, passing through historic towns such as Wickenburg, Prescott, Strawberry, and Payson before finally arriving in Scottsdale under police escort.

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The Ride is a four-day, 430-miles challenge in which cyclists must complete more than 100 miles each day, including mountain climbs. In addition to training and completing the ride, participants must fundraise, with the average rider raising more than $6,600 for the cause, more per rider than any event of its kind. Money raised by the Ride 430 Challenge supplements military assistance and bridges gaps to help injured service people and families who lost loved ones recover. Our funding helps provide everything from financial assistance, scholarships and adaptive sports equipment for injured heroes to camps for kids who've lost a parent in combat. Read more about the ride.

Registration for the 2013 Ride430 Challenge will open March 1st, 2013. This year the group of riders has a new route that will bring a challenge, physically, that few of them have faced. With over 16,000 feet of vertical climbing, this coarse will test the legs of even our most experienced riders.

The real challenge, however, will not be the ride; The challenge will be making sure that our injured heroes and their families are taken care of. As the rest of the country wrestles with politics and economic issue, we still have heroes and families with incredible needs. Join in the ride430 to raise funds and awareness in support of the many servicemen and women who are currently on the road to recovery.

Visit the website for more information about this unique event.

If you want to help but cannot participate in the ride itself, you can sponsor one of the riders! To make a donation or to sponsor a rider, click here.

An Evening with the Semper Fi Fund

February 28, 2013

New York, New York – Invitation only: an informational dinner with business leaders, loyal donors, and future supporters to share and promote the mission of the Semper Fi Fund. The evening will include cocktails, dinner, testimonials by our service members, our guest speaker General James F. Amos, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and an auction of service-member made items.

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This event was made possible thanks in part to the generosity of our sponsors. The Semper Fi Fund is extremely grateful for the support of TriWest, and also for John and Carole Dowd and their generous contribution. We are excited to have this opportunity to share our crucial mission. Thank you!

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Cooper River Bridge Run 2013

February 28, 2013

Charleston, SC – The Cooper River Bridge Run is a world-class 10-K in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. The Semper Fi Fund is excited about participating again this year and we would love to have you join our team!

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**Registration Now Open**
Date: April 6, 2013
Time: 8:00 am
Location: Mt. Pleasant/Charleston, SC
Fundraising: $300 recommended
Registration Options:
1) $40 until 2/15/2013 or $45 until sell out (38,500)
2) $150 Charity Bib with Semper Fi Fund logo

**Here are two options to run in support of the Semper Fi Fund**
1) $40 until 2/15/2013 or $45 until sell out (38,500)
– Go to Cooper River Bridge Run to register for the race. You have two options for fundraising either through Active or Crowdrise.
– Active: a fundraising page will automatically be created for you.
– Crowdrise: go to Semper Fi Fund Team on CrowdRise and click the "I'm already registered but want to fundraise" text to create your fundraising page.

2) $150 Charity Bib with Semper Fi Fund logo
– Go to Semper Fi Fund Team and click Charity Registration to register for a charity bib until they sell out.
– It's a $150 fundraising minimum and at the end of the registration process, you will guarantee your minimum with a credit card and create a fundraising page.

If you have any questions about participating in the Cooper River Bridge Run, please contact Elizabeth O'Connell by email or by calling 516-567-6014

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Lance Corporal Rudolfo Moreno

February 28, 2013

Lance Corporal Rudolfo Moreno was injured in August of 2011 while on patrol with 1st Battalion 6th Marines in support of OEF in Helmond Province, Afghanistan. Rudolfo was the Gunner on an MATV when it hit an improvised explosive device. He suffered numerous injuries, to include a bilateral ankle and heal fracture, a right femur fracture, and a traumatic brain injury. Since the injury, Rudolfo has endured eleven surgeries (with more pending) and countless hours of both occupational and physical therapy. Read the rest of this entry »

Ongoing Giving Opportunities: Book: Al Gray, Marine, The Early Years, 1950-1967, Vol. 1

February 27, 2013

General Al Gray – the 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps – served in that billet from 1987 until his retirement in 1991. Through the years he became an inspiring figure for Marines of all ranks, though not much is known of his early days as an enlisted Marine and young officer. In this first of two volumes, Scott Laidig gives a detailed account of Al Gray as a young sergeant in the Amphibious Reconnaissance Platoon through his tour as the Commanding Officer of a Special Intelligence unit in Vietnam in late 1967. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund host a “Beauty Night”

February 27, 2013

The Semper Fi Fund and America's Fund hosted a "Beauty Night" for our military spouses, moms, and girlfriends at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland on Tuesday, February 26. The Semper Fi Fund partnered with NEX Bethesda to create a special evening of for our ladies night out. Read the rest of this entry »

USA Today: Ailing veterans turn to charities in record numbers

February 26, 2013

By Gregg Zoroya | USA Today | usatoday.com | February 21, 2013

Susan Rocco starts authorizing help on a litany of pleas from wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans at 7 a.m. in her home north of Quantico, Va.

One is a young Marine veteran living in a shelter who needs clothing and electricity turned on so he can go back home; another is a Marine missing a leg who visits his parents, but needs a ramp built to get into their house; and a third is hospitalized for attempted suicide and his wife needs travel money to visit him.

Rocco is eastern-region case director for the military charity Semper Fi Fund. As the hours unwind through the day, she authorizes 34 grants worth $37,000 to help dozens of current and former troops in need.

And that's just on Friday, Feb. 1. Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund Founder Karen Guenther awarded Marine Corps Spouse of the Year 2013!

February 25, 2013

To date, the Semper Fi Fund has provided more than $72 million in assistance to over 9,100 injured or critically ill service members and their families, and it all started because of a few amazing women and their kind, open hearts. Karen Guenther – the President, Founder and CEO of the Semper Fi Fund – has been awarded Marine Corps Spouse of the Year 2013, and she is more than deserving of this honor! Her passion and dedication to our nation's service members and their families is inspiring and contagious. Thank you to all who voted in support of Karen! Read the rest of this entry »

Freedom Autosport Ready To Show Off The Mazda MX-5 In Austin

February 25, 2013

By PaddockTalk | paddocktalk.com | February 25, 2013

Freedom Autosport is looking forward to introducing a new group of fans to their Mazda MX-5s this weekend, when GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge has their inaugural event at Circuit of the Americas.

Rhett O'Doski and Andrew Carbonell had a strong start to the season, finishing sixth at Daytona, and they will be hoping for an even better result at Austin in the No. 26 Mazda MX-5. Derek Whitis and Tom Long, who co-drive the No. 25 Mazda MX-5, were 13th at Daytona.

"Going to a new track is always a fun challenge, and this is a great chance to not only show off what a great car the Mazda MX-5 is, but to promote the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund," says O'Doski. "We encourage veterans to stop by our pits so we can say thank you in person." Read the rest of this entry »

Marine wife runs to help wounded troops get back on their feet

February 21, 2013

By DAVID LAUDERDALE | The Island Packet | islandpacket.com | February 21, 2013

A young Beaufort couple stepped out of church to face news they instantly knew would not be good.

"We had missed text messages and phone calls from both my parents – on my phone and my husband's phone – so we knew something was wrong," Jenifer Keller said this week from her home in the Habersham neighborhood.

Keller's younger brother was then a 24-year-old Marine Corps corporal serving his third combat tour in the Middle East. Read the rest of this entry »

Community Athlete: MGySgt Jonathan White at USA Rock N Roll Marathon

February 20, 2013

USA Rock N Roll Marathon, Washington, DC – Throughout previous years, MGySgt White has been a massive supporter of the Semper Fi Fund and has been a great representative for us. He raised funds while spreading the mission of our need to support our injured service members. He is taking on a list of races, including the New Orleans RockNRoll Marathon, Dallas RNR, USA RNR, Historical Half Marathon, and the Army 10 miler. Thank you, Jonathan, for your efforts to raise funds and awareness!

Community Athlete: Megan Shimp at San Diego Half Marathon

February 20, 2013

San Diego Half Marathon, San Diego, CA – Community Athlete Megan Shimp will be participating in the San Diego Half Marathon to raise funds and awareness for the Semper Fi Fund. Thank you, Megan, for your efforts!

Community Athlete: Nathan Merithew at GUTS Reactor Run

February 20, 2013

GUTS Reactor Run, Dawsonville, GA – Community Athlete Nathan Merithew will be participating in this run to raise funds and awareness for the Semper Fi Fund. Thank you, Nathan, for your efforts!

Community Athlete: John Hulsey-prior Cpl 85-87 at Phoenix marathon

February 20, 2013

Phoenix marathon, Phoenix, AZ – While serving in the Marine Corps from 1985-87, John learned the full value of the Marines. Now he wants to give back to his fellow Marines.

Please join him in his fundraising efforts by donating to his fundraising page!

Community Athlete: Robert Rouleau-prior at Phoenix Half Marathon

February 20, 2013

Phoenix Half Marathon, Phoenix, AZ – Robert has been a longtime supporter of the Fund, raising funds and awareness for multiple years. He plans to continue to do so for the upcoming 2013 season! He says, "Now that I am out of the Marine Corps I wanted a way to still have the back of my brothers returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan."

Robert is participating in the IMS Arizona Marathon in February, Phoenix Half Marathon in March, and National Veterans Day Run in November.

Please join his fundraising efforts by donating to his fundraising page!