Semper Fi Fund helps provide adapted homes to North Carolina injured Soldier

October 26, 2011

Thomasville, NC – On Saturday October 29, Army Sergeant Joseph Smith, a former Marine will be presented with the keys to his new specially adapted home, made possible by Homes for Our Troops, Inc. and local volunteers and donors from the community. The Semper Fi Fund is providing a grant of $15,000 to be used towards the cost of SGT Smith’s new home. Read the rest of this entry »

Utah veteran’s company delivers java jolt to troops

October 26, 2011
Loadnloadfounder stltribune photo

Lock-N-Load Java founders Carl and Lori Churchill pose for a portrait with some of their coffee Wednesday October 5, 2011. Photo by Chris Detrick The Salt Lake Tribune

By Cathy McKitrick | Salt Lake Tribune | SltTrib.com | October 26, 2011

“Coffee that will blow you away.”

That claim accompanies a skull and thunderbolt logo on Lock-n-Load Java’s Web page, touting the online business’s two passions: top-notch coffee and providing it and donations to the nation’s military men and women who put their lives on the line.

“We started working on this company just over a year ago and formally launched the website in April,” said Carl Churchill, a lieutenant colonel who served nine years on active duty and 12 years in the Army Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Community Athlete runs Marine Corps Marathon to honor Grandfather, assist injured heroes

October 25, 2011
"Papa was some kind of a Superhero that disguised himself and went out to save the world when we grandchildren were not around."  
        Colin Norgaard discovered this as a boy while  rummaging through his grandfather's things. "I remember opening up that old steamer chest" he says, "to see medals, patches, an American Flag, and old photos of my "young" grandfather in his military uniform. It was truly a sight for my young eyes to discover that Papa was more than just a grumpy old man who told me what needed to be done for the ways of the world."
       PVT Wesley G. Norgaard served in the 4th Marine Division, 24th Regiment, 3rd Battalion, Company I in the central Pacific at the Battle of Iwo Jima.  He put his life on the line to help his platoon survive one of the greatest victories this country ever accomplished.
       What follows is an excerpt from a letter Colin wrote, sharing with us why his grandfather is his inspiration for running the Marine Corps Marathon:   "For God and Country" I'd hear him say as he told me tear struck stories about the "Old Glory Days."   My grandfather told me these stories with passion in his eyes and a limp to his walk; reliving a piece of history.   Read the rest of this entry »

Camp Pendleton Marine to Run in Marine Corps Marathon for wounded Marines

October 25, 2011

Camp Pendleton, CA – Marine and Milwaukee native John Adams is training for the 36th Marine Corps Marathon, an event that hits close to home for the Marine. Read the rest of this entry »

4th Annual Rink Roast

October 24, 2011

Charleston, SC - The 4th Annual Rink Roast will be held on Nov 5, 2011 at the Elks Lodge in Charleston, SC. The event is hosted by a group of retired Navy service members. They will be donating all funds collected from the raffles and the BBQ to the Semper Fi Fund.

The Elks Lodge will also be celebrating its 40th anniversary on this date. There will be BBQ, Music and raffles.

This is a private event.

Marines make trek to raise money

October 24, 2011

By Tyler Hemstreet | Northwest Military News | Northwestmilitary.com | October 22, 2011

One group of active-duty Marines is hitting the trails to raise money for injured Servicemembers.

Northwest Military News Hike for Marines photo

Fortunate Sons, a group of 18 Marines, are in the midst of collectively hiking the entire 1,000-mile North Carolina Mountains-to-Sea Trail with the goal of raising money and awareness. The 42-day journey began Oct. 2 at Clingman's Dome in the Great Smokey Mountains and ends at Jockey's Ridge on the Outer Banks on Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 13. Read the rest of this entry »

Marines hiking for cause

October 24, 2011

By Morgan Wall | Mount Airy News | Mtairynews.com | October 23, 2011

DOBSON — Not rain, nor cold, nor wind, nor injuries will keep the Fortunate Sons from attaining their goal.

A group of 18 Marines are three weeks into a 42-week hike that will take them from Clingman’s Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge State Park in the Outer Banks along the Mountains to Sea Trail to benefit the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

Vinottimo – Sigonella “Brunello Retrospective Vertical Tasting” Event

October 22, 2011

Vinottimo LLC in collaboration with Marchesi de Frescobaldi is hosting the first ever, Brunello Vertical Tasting led by world famous wine maker, Lamberto Frescobaldi to lend a hand to those who have selflessly served our country.

The vertical tasting will be held at the MWR Club (Upstairs) on Saturday, 5 November from 10- 11 a.m. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, 26 October for $10/person. All proceeds will go to the Semper Fi Fund.

Attendance is limited to the first 40 persons. All attendees must bring their own wine glasses.

You may email your registration to Mike with Vinottimo.

About Vinottimo: The VINOTTIMO Team travels throughout the overseas military bases conducting wine tastings, bottle signings and wine dinners featuring wine ambassadors from Italy’s best wineries. Over the last 10 years they have developed a following of Active Duty and Civilian DOD personnel who enjoy great food and wine and they welcome the opportunity to give back to troops deployed overseas.

They are actively involved in raising funds for our fearless men and women who continue to go into harm's way so that we can enjoy the privileges of living in the best country in the world. We are proud to partner with the Semper Fi Fund in supporting our Marine Corps warriors and any other service members injured in support of the Marines around the world.

During 2011, Vinottimo will be conducting more of these events on overseas bases all around the world combining the pleasures of fine fine food and wine with giving to our wounded warriors.

An updated events schedule is available on the Vinottimo website.

Vinottimo – Sicily “Semper Fi Super Heroes Supper”

October 22, 2011

Vinottimo LLC in collaboration with Marchesi de Frescobaldi is hosting an Italian Wine Dinner to lend a hand to those who have selflessly served our country.

The gourmet dinner will be held at the Hotel Excelsior on Friday, 4 November from 7:45 - 10:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, 26 Oct for 65 euro/person.

Included in the price of your ticket is a 5 course menu matched with some of Tuscany’s most famous wines crafted by Lamberto Frescobaldi.

Attendance is extremely limited so make your reservations today.

You may email your registration to Mike with Vinottimo.

About Vinottimo: The VINOTTIMO Team travels throughout the overseas military bases conducting wine tastings, bottle signings and wine dinners featuring wine ambassadors from Italy’s best wineries. Over the last 10 years they have developed a following of Active Duty and Civilian DOD personnel who enjoy great food and wine and they welcome the opportunity to give back to troops deployed overseas.

They are actively involved in raising funds for our fearless men and women who continue to go into harm's way so that we can enjoy the privileges of living in the best country in the world. We are proud to partner with the Semper Fi Fund in supporting our Marine Corps warriors and any other service members injured in support of the Marines around the world.

During 2011, Vinottimo will be conducting more of these events on overseas bases all around the world combining the pleasures of fine fine food and wine with giving to our wounded warriors.

An updated events schedule is available on the Vinottimo website.

6th Annual Braden Bailess Memorial Golf Tournament

October 22, 2011
Braden Bailess Photo

Marine Braden Bailess

The sixth annual Braden Bailess Memorial Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, November 7, 2011, at the Northgate Country Club in Houston.

This charity tournament was created to honor Houstonian Braden Bailess, a 22-year-old avid golfer, who was the son of Doug and Claudia Bailess. He was a graduate of Westfield High School. Private Bailess tragically lost his life in July 2002 while serving in the U.S. Marine Corp, 2nd LAR BN, 2nd Marine Division.

The format is a four-player scramble. You can register as an individual for $150 or as a team for $500 with a special discount for veterans. Prizes will be awarded for the top team in both low gross and low net categories. There will be contest holes along the course as well.

Visit the Braden Bailess website for more information or contact Kathy Dubiel by email.

Flipsyde Veteran’s Day Concert

October 22, 2011
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Oakland, CA - The world famous hip-hop band Flipsyde will host a Veterans Day Concert on November 13 from 3:00 - 6:00 PM to benefit Veterans.

75% of proceeds will be donated to Semper Fi Fund.

Major sponsors are ReUp Energy and Togo's Sandwiches.

Please contact James Farr at Flipsyde Entertainment for more information.

Marines Participate in The Wounded Warrior Cutting Horse Classic

October 21, 2011

By Beth Parker | Fox News DC | Myfoxdc.com | October 21, 2011

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. - Marines we talked to following the President’s announcement say they are pleased to see that U.S. troops will be out of Iraq soon.

But this week, these wounded warriors are a world away.

They have been down on the farm in Prince William County.

Ten marines from all over the U.S. are learning something called horse cutting.

The week is paid for mostly by the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

MILITARY: Pendleton amputees to compete in Marine Corps Marathon

October 21, 2011

By Mark Walker | North County Times | NCTimes.com | October 21, 2011

Camp Pendleton, CA - A half-dozen amputees from a Camp Pendleton unit that suffered more casualties than any other in the war in Afghanistan will be in the nation's capital next week to compete as hand cyclists in the 36th annual Marine Corps Marathon. Read the rest of this entry »

Central Arizona Young Marines donate to Ride for Semper Fi

October 21, 2011
Daily Courier photo check presentation to RFSF

Arizona Young Marines Adjutant Vicki Bostwick presented Dr. Chris Hummel with a check for $1,100 on Monday for the Semper Fi Fund. Photo by Lisa Irish/The Daily Courier Central

| The Daily Courier | DCCourier.com | October 21, 2011

"Thank you so much for your donation," said Dr. Chris Hummel, who cycled from Scottsdale to San Diego earlier this month in the Ride for Semper Fi.

Hummel said wounded veterans joined the cyclists and inspired them on the difficult ride that he's looking forward to doing again next year.

Hummel gave the Young Marines wristbands to remind them of veterans' sacrifices and said their donation helped him raise $5,300 for the fund that has given away more than $50 million to wounded service members and their families since 2004.

Hummel also reminded the Young Marines to use the notebooks they carry with them to jot down their Read the rest of this entry »

Marathon mom ready to run

October 20, 2011
Leann Cavicchi and her son, Cody.

Leann Cavicchi and her son, Cody. Courtesy photo.

By Ruth Thompson | Wicked Local Norwell | Wickedlocal.com | October 20, 2011

Norwell — Leann Cavicchi said she has never been a runner.

“I hated running,” said the Norwell resident who is gearing up to take part in the Marine Corps Marathon at the end of the month. “I’m astonished I’m able to do this.”

The 26.2-mile event will take runners on a route through northern Virginia and the nation’s capital. Over 30,000 people are registered to take part in the marathon. Read the rest of this entry »