Ongoing Giving Opportunities: Lock-n-load Java

September 22, 2011

Lock-n-Load Java is a veteran-owned provider of premium coffee sold over the internet.

In everything they do, they honor our armed forces, our veterans, and their loved ones. Lock-n-load will be donating $1 of every order to charities that support the military community. The Semper Fi Fund is one of five charities they support

Try some of their great blends and support the Fund!

Please see their website or contact Carl Churchill by email for more information.

Georgia Tech Research Institute supports SFF at Modern Day Marine Expo

September 22, 2011

Ron Smith and Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) will be at the Modern Day Marine Expo in Quantico, Virginia hosting a coffee service.

With your cup of coffee, GTRI will be ask attendees to donate to the Semper Fi Fund.

If you are attending the MDM EXPO stop by GTRI's booth, grab the best cup of coffee and support the our injured service members and their families.

Community Athlete: Mandy Brannon at Boston Marathon

September 22, 2011
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Boston, MA Community Athlete Mandy Brannon will be running the Boston Marathon to raise awareness for injured service members and their families.

Mandy is taking on the historic routes of Boston. This course runs through the Main Street and through the New England town of Hopkinton then pushes through the scenic Ashland, Framingham, Natick, and Wellesley. Routes flow through the Newton Lower Falls and continue through the well known commonwealth streets. It evens finishes near the John Hancock Tower. A great course to provide an atmosphere of historic nature to all its runners! Have a great race Mandy!

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Community Athlete: John Trepen at Florida Ironman

September 22, 2011
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Panama City Beach, FL -- Community Athlete John Trepen will be taking on the Florida Ironman Panama Beach to raise support and awareness for injured service members and their families.

In previous years John has competed and raised funds for the Fund through the Cooper River Bridge Run but this year he is stepping it up by competing in the Florida Ironman. Read more about John and support his effort by clicking on the Donate to Event button!

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Community Athlete: Kimberly Prater at Tunnel Hill 10 Mile Trail Run

September 22, 2011
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Community Athlete Kimberly Prater

Vienna, IL - Community Athlete and Marine Kimberly Prater is taking on another race! This time she will be taking on the Tunnel Hill 10 Mile Train Run.

Voted number seven in Runner’s World Magazine’s top 10 mile races. This trail type course takes on the Illinois' flat ground taking runners along abandoned renovated railroad bed. Let’s all cheer on Kimberly as she runs from Tunnel Hill Trail to Vienna!

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Community Athlete: Kimberly Prater at St Louis Rock N Roll Marathon

September 22, 2011
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Community Athlete Kimberly Prater

St Louis, MO - Community Athlete and Marine Kimberly Prater is taking on another race! This time she will be taking the classic race, the St Louis RockNRoll Marathon.

This well-known series is running under the St Louis Arch past great riverfront and historic neighborhoods and parks. This course contains the typical rolling hills of Missouri but keeps the shade of the tree lined streets for a cooling effect that is great for runners.

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Community Athlete: Kimberly Prater runs the Women’s Magazine Half Marathon

September 22, 2011
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Community Athlete Kimberly Prater

Nashville, TN - Semper Fi Fund Community Athlete, and Marine Kimberly Prater is participating in the Women's Magazine Half Marathon to raise support and awareness for injured service members and their families.

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Race Information:

Experience Music City at its finest—Country Music Hall of Fame, Music Row, Centennial Park, great Nashville neighborhoods and a street party in Downtown Nashville. The custom finisher's medal, ultimate goodie bag, cookie cafe and much, much more make this Half Marathon & 5K a spectacular event.

Semper Fi Fund announces the “Day of Inspiration” contest in conjunction with the major motion picture release of “Dolphin Tale”

September 20, 2011

Camp Pendleton, CA – In conjunction with the upcoming release of Alcon Entertainment’s “Dolphin Tale,” The Semper Fi Fund, Inc. http://www.semperfifund.org would like to announce a special contest to send one lucky U.S. military family (up to 5 people) on an all-expense paid trip to the Clearwater Aquarium, in Clearwater, FL for a “Day of Inspiration” with the dolphin named Winter, who plays herself in “Dolphin Tale,” and several of our injured service members from the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

More than 30 injured service members from Team Semper Fi take part in Tunnel to Towers Run

September 20, 2011

Brooklyn, NY – The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund (www.semperfifund.org) will be sending 36 team members from Team Semper Fi, to take part in the “Tunnel to Towers” race in Brooklyn. This is the third year the team has participated in the race.

The Tunnel to Towers Run is organized by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. The run memorializes all who perished on September 11, 2001 and follows the heroic footsteps of Firefighter Stephen Siller, who raced on foot from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Towers and laid down his for others. Read the rest of this entry »

2,000 American flags sold to benefit wounded Marines

September 20, 2011

By Grant Bissell | KSDK 5 TV | KSDK.com | September 19, 2011

St. Louis (KSDK) - Hundreds of St. Louisans now own a piece of a very special 9/11 memorial that graced Art Hill in Forest Park. The memorial was one of the most popular displays in St. Louis over the past week.

Nearly 3,000 American flags that paid tribute to the victims of the September 11th terror attacks were removed from the display Monday.

Around 2,000 of the flags were sold. Many of the buyers were looking for the individual flag that represented their friend or family member killed on 9/11. Read the rest of this entry »

More than 30 injured service members will attend special screening of “Dolphin Tale” in New York City to benefit the Semper Fi Fund!

September 20, 2011

New York, NY – In conjunction with the upcoming release of Alcon Entertainment’s “Dolphin Tale,” the makers of the film are hosting a special screening for the Semper Fi Fund (www.semperfifund.org) Thursday, September 22, 2011 at the AMC Loews Theatres,19th Street East 6, New York City, NY.

Approximately 200 supporters of the Semper Fi fund will be in attendance, to include more than 30 injured service members from the Semper Fi Fund's "Team Semper Fi" who will be in town for this weekend's “Tunnel to Towers” race in Brooklyn.

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Rock Solid Mud Run

September 19, 2011
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Englishtown, NJ -- Are you ready to take your endurance to its limits on a 5 mile course designed by US Marines?? Then join runners for the Rock Solid Mud Run in Englishtown, NJ.

The Rock Solid Mud Run was designed by US Marines to push you to your physical and mental limits. You will be running, swimming, crawling, climbing, jumping and of course negotiating mud…. Lots of mud!!!

After you survive the race join all the runners, family and friends for the "after party" that will include refreshments and live music.

Rock Solid Sports will be donating a portion of their profits to the Semper Fi Fund.

Please check out the Rock Solid Mud Run web site for information on the race, the course and how to register.

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9/11 Memorial Flags on Art Hill Coming Down Monday

September 19, 2011

By George Sells | KTVI | fox2now.com | September 19, 2011

Flags can be purchased on site for a $40 donation

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI - FOX2now.com)--It has been one of the most talked about artistic displays to come to St. Louis in some time. The 9/11 flag tribute on Forest Park's Art Hill has been the talk of the town since the nearly three thousand flags were placed there early in September. Monday, it was taken down, but its impact is sure to be long lasting. Read the rest of this entry »

Dolphin Tale Movie Screening

September 19, 2011
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A complimentary private screening of the new movie Dolphin Tale has been provided to the Semper Fi Fund for injured service members, families and friends!

Due to limited seating, this event is by invitation only.

Have you heard about the "Day of Inspiration" Drawing?

In conjunction with the movie, the SFF will be having a "Day of Inspiration" Drawing. If you have served (or are currently serving) in the U.S. military, and you have a child who is fighting to overcome a significant disability or debilitating disease, the makers of the film Dolphin Tale and the Semper Fi Fund would like to send you and your family to Clearwater, FL to spend a "Day of Inspiration" with "Winter" the Dolphin, the star of Dolphin Tale and some of our injured service members!

Find out how you can enter!

About Dolphin Tale

Alcon Entertainment’s “Dolphin Tale” is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin and the compassionate strangers who banded together to save her life.

Swimming free, a young dolphin is caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail. She is rescued and transported to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she is named Winter. But her fight for survival has just begun.

Without a tail, Winter’s prognosis is dire. It will take the expertise of a dedicated marine biologist, the ingenuity of a brilliant prosthetics doctor, and the unwavering devotion of a young boy to bring about a groundbreaking miracle—a miracle that might not only save Winter but could also help scores of people around the world.

The real Winter, who plays herself in “Dolphin Tale,” today serves as a symbol of courage, perseverance and hope to millions of people—both able and disabled—who have been touched by her remarkable story of recovery and rehabilitation.

Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., and Ashley Judd also star in the movie.

Learn About this Star-Studded Movie!

Semper Fi Fund helps veterans

September 19, 2011
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Marine Cpl. Kevin Chambers is home after a tour in Afghanistan. For now, he is stationed at the Home Base program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Courtesy photo.

By Bruce Coulter | Wicked Local| Wickedlocal.com | September 16, 2011

Maynard — Kevin Chambers has been in the Marine Corps for five years. At his choosing, he was sworn in on Sept. 11, 2006 and left for boot camp at Parris Island, S.C.

As could be expected, Chambers was deployed to Afghanistan, in Helmand Province, from August 2008 to April 2009.

Kevin, who has been home since June 1, said he was diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of repeated exposure to IED (improvised explosive devices) blasts while in Afghanistan with Alpha Co., Second Combat Engineer Battalion. He was part of the unit’s road clearance platoon.

“We were constantly out on the road looking for IEDs. We’d clear the road ahead of everybody else,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »