20th Annual Red Nose Run

November 1, 2011

Del Mar, CA - Everyone put your holiday running gear on and join the Red Nose Run (3K & 5K Run/Walk) on Del Mar beach in California! This annual holiday run is one of Semper Fi Fund's favorite runs!

Organized by The Low & Slow Running Club, this event will be held on Friday, December 9, 2011 at 2:00pm -- starting at the Poseidon Restaurant Parking Lot in Del Mar, CA.

The after-party at Poseidon Restaurant will include 5K Race Awards, free prizes, raffle and outstanding auction items, special 20th year souvenir gift, and complimentary food.

The Low & Slow Running Club raised a total of $8,901.25 in 2010 with a grand total of approximately $44,000 for the past six years for the Semper Fi Fund.

For more information, contact The Low & Slow Running Club at (760) 448-4164 or see their website.

Burton Charity Classic Golf Tournament (BCCGT-11)

November 1, 2011

The BCCGT-11 is a FUN golf outing with many twists that make the event interesting. There is something on every hole of the event from Blind Man's Putt to using a Foot Wedge to Bowl-A-Rama.

This is the third year all proceeds benefit the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund (IMSFF), as they celebrate over seven years of serving our injured and critically ill Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, and their families.

For more information visit the BCCGT-11 website.

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering call Mark Burton
at 602-228-6561 or email Mark Burton and he will be glad to answer any of your questions.

Monterey Elks Veterans Affairs Committee hosts “A Bachelor Auction”

November 1, 2011

Monterey, CA - On Saturday, November 19, The Monterey Elks Veteran Affairs committee will host a Bachelor Auction to benefit injured service members and their families. Attendees can bid on one of their favorite bachelor packages that includes golf lessons, cooking, home repairs, painting and much more.

Hors d'oeuvre and desserts provided by the amazing Cardinalli Cooking crew! Dancing will follow the Auction.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Semper Fi Fund.

Cost is $15 per person.

Download the event flyer for more details.

To make a reservation please call (831) 373-1285.

3rd Annual Colonel Ripley Memorial Race (Team Semper Fi Event)

October 30, 2011

Annapolis, MD -- Come out and join Team Semper Fi for the 3rd Annual Colonel Ripley Memorial Fuel 4 Life 5K!

Attention car enthusiasts! Thanks to a generous donation, the Ripley Race will be auctioning a 1970 Dodge SuperBee! Read the rest of this entry »

Marine Corps Marathon draws thousands to nation’s capital

October 30, 2011

By Julia LeDoux | Inside NOVA | Insidenova.com | October 30, 2011

WASHINGTON --The People’s Marathon brought thousands of runners and spectators to Arlington, Rossyln, and Washington, D.C. Sunday as the 36th annual Marine Corps Marathon saw its fastest finish in nearly 15 years. Read the rest of this entry »

Marines hike trail for their comrades

October 29, 2011
Fortunate Sons Hike photo

From left, Staff Sgt. Adam Williams, Sgt. Austin Duke and trail guide Scott Ward hike in Durham County. Photo by Martha Quillin

By Martha Quillin | News Observer | Newsobserver.com | October 29, 2011

DURHAM -- With every step along the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, the pain in Staff Sgt. Adam Williams' ankle and the ache in Sgt. Austin Duke's knee remind the two Marines how lucky they are.

They still have knees and ankles, unlike many of those they've served with who have been injured by homemade explosives in Afghanistan and Iraq.

"There are Marines and other service members who wish they had pains in their knees," said Williams, one of 18 Camp Lejeune-based Marines who are relay-hiking the Mountains-to-Sea Trail to raise awareness and financial support Read the rest of this entry »

Md. Man In Wheelchair To Take Part In D.C. Marathon

October 29, 2011

By Tina Reed | CBS Baltimore | Baltimore.cbs.local.com | October 29, 2011

ODENTON, Md. (AP) — Tom Chepurko didn’t bargain on participating in any marathons anytime soon. It wasn’t just that the 53-year-old Odenton resident hadn’t trained for years. Chepurko largely depends on a wheelchair for mobility. He was injured in a skydiving accident in 1981 that caused partial paralysis from the waist down.

“It’s difficult for me to get around,” he said.

But then his daughter, Kristina — his junior by 30 years to the day and a midshipman at the Naval Academy — Read the rest of this entry »

Wayland resident running Marine Corps Marathon for grandfather

October 27, 2011

GateHouse News Service | Wickedlocal.com | October 27, 2011

WAYLAND — Runner Colin “CJ” Norgaard of Wayland remembers as a boy rummaging through his grandfather’s things. He remembers seeing medals, patches, an American flag and old photos of his grandfather in uniform. He also remembers stories of the “Old Glory Days” and statements of “For God and Country.” Read the rest of this entry »

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 »