Semper Fi Fund recognized at the Warrior Open Golf Tournament hosted by George W. Bush Presidential Center

October 17, 2011

Camp Pendleton, CA - Former President George W. Bush recently hosted the inaugural Warrior Open to honor the men and women of our military who have been wounded while serving our nation. Read the rest of this entry »

Ride for Semper Fi riders cycle 430 miles for injured service members!

October 17, 2011

San Diego, CA - After three and a half days and 430 miles across hot deserts and intense hills, 65 riders from the Ride for Semper Fi will arrive from Scottsdale, Arizona to San Diego, Califonria on Saturday, October 15. The riders are taking on the long and strenuous journey to raise awareness and support for injured Marines and Sailors. They will end their ride with a check presentation to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. Read the rest of this entry »

Ride for injured Marines ends in San Diego

October 17, 2011
Ride for Semper Fi photo by Fox News 5

Ride For Semper Fi ends 3 Day ride. Photo by Fox News 5.

Fox 5 News | Fox5sandiego.com | October 17, 2011

SAN DIEGO – A team of cyclists finished a 430-mile journey in San Diego that raised money to help injured soldiers and their families get back on their feet.

The Ride for Semper Fi team hand delivered a $320,000 check to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund on Saturday. The cyclists-turned-philanthropists proudly exceeded their $300,000 goal, team member Jessica Newell said. Read the rest of this entry »

Marines.mil: Riders for Semper Fi donate $320,000

October 15, 2011
Ride for Semper Fi check presentation photo

Representatives from Ride for Semper Fi present a check for $320,000 to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund at the Bay View Restaurant aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Oct. 15. Sixty-five riders spent six months fundraising in their communities to donate to the fund after completing a 430-mile bicycle ride from Scottsdale, Ariz., to MCRD.

By Lance Cpl. Eric Quintanilla | USMC | Marines.mil | October 15, 2011

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Friends and family cheered as their loved ones crossed the finish line of the fourth annual Ride for Semper Fi at the Bay View Restaurant aboard Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego Oct. 15.

The 430-mile bicycle ride began in Scottsdale, Ariz. and helped raised money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

430 Miles…One Mission: Ride for Semper Fi founder celebrates achievements and reflects on lessons learned.

October 14, 2011

430 Miles...One Mission!   This week 68 cyclists (including 3 members of Team Semper Fi) are biking 430 miles from Scottsdale, Arizona to San Diego, California!  They are raising funds and awareness for the  Semper Fi Fund.  After more than 5 months of hard work and training, they plan to present these funds at the end of their journey.

What follows is Part II of an interview with Ride for Semper Fi Founder, John Greenway:

John,  this week marks the 4th anniversary for The Ride for Semper Fi.   Please tell us why you started the Ride for Semper Fi and share with us a little about your mission:

The Ride for Semper Fi began with the idea of giving back; bound by a common cause.  We ride to honor the heroes lost,  to support those injured, and for those who continue to bravely serve.  Our mission is to provide hope for our injured heroes.  We believe that hope breeds determination; determination leads to accomplishment, and accomplishment provides healing. 

 

As you celebrate more than 5 months of training and fundraising  and the beginning of a 430 mile journey,  please share with us a favorite memory from your previous rides.

This is the most popular question I have been asked.  The interesting thing is there are so many memories that I can't narrow it down.  I think most people who have done the ride would agree its more about what we have learned:

 
1.  The true meaning of sacrifice:   During our journey I have watched friends leave for multiple deployments and seen other young people come back terribly injured; this has changed my perspective on life. I have come to realize that my worst day sometimes is still better than the best day of a young person who is laying in a hospital somewhere away from their family.   Also, spending time with some of the Team Semper Fi Athletes has taught me the real meaning of sacrifice, and has given our team incredible inspiration.  

2.  Heroes come in all different  forms:  I always thought I knew what a hero was....an athlete...maybe a rock star...that's what I looked at when I was young.  Now, I realize that heroes are doctors, nurses, volunteers at the Semper Fi Fund....people who just quietly serve day in and day out with the purpose of serving and taking care others. I have also seen the heroes of the battlefield.  Spending time with Major Smith and Major Christian and others has shown me what a real hero is:  a real leader leads from the front and puts the needs of others above his/her own.

3.  Americans are great and giving people:  The news or some columnists would have you believe that patriotism doesn't exist anymore. My experience over the last four years says differently.  I have seen people wave flags as we ride by...I have had total strangers hug me and thank me for what we are doing.  I had an older gentleman walk up to me on the ride and tell me that he had been laid off for several months.  He said " I don't have much but I would like to give what I have."  He then pressed a 10 dollar bill into my hands.  People like these make our country different than others.....Americans give until it hurts.....then they give a little more.

So, in the end, its not about a favorite memory as much as it has been about the journey...what we have experienced, the memories we have built, and the life lessons we have learned.

1 Team, 1 Mission, 1Goal

For those who are new to The Ride for Semper Fi, how can they learn more and even get involved?

*  Read about  injured heroes who are riding 430 miles with us!

*  Check out all the other Events these heroes are involved in.

* Follow our progress on Facebook and Twitter.

* Contribute to our cause  and help us provide hope for our injured heroes!



Clinton County Showcase “A Few Good Men” fundraiser

October 14, 2011

Clinton County Showcase in Breese, IL will be presenting the play "A Few Good Men" October 21-23. The theatre will be promoting the Semper Fi Fund and collecting donations before and after the show. Please support their efforts and see a great show too!

For more information on the Clinton County Showcase theatre visit their website

Helping Our Heroes Golf Tournament Raises $65K for the Semper Fi Injured Marines Fund

October 13, 2011
Helping our Heroes golf 2011

Cpl. Patrick Meyers and General Don Lynch (Photo by Neighbor Go)

Neighbors Go | Neighborsgo.com | October 13, 2011

The Brookhaven Country Club was home course to some 200 golfers teeing up for a cause on September 12, 2011. The Helping Our Heroes Golf Tournament and Dinner, sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors, raised $65,000 to benefit the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Participating in this first year event were local notables Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly, Jr., and Steve and Lauren Christensen. Read the rest of this entry »

President George W Bush honors America’s Wounded Warriors

October 12, 2011

By Focus Daily News | Focusdailynews.com | October 11, 2011

President Bush with wounded warriors photo

President Bush presents the trophy to the Warrior Open winner, Corporal Chad E. Pfeifer, United States Army (Retired) PRNewsFoto/The George W. Bush Presidential Center, Eric Draper

DALLAS—President George W. Bush today congratulated the wounded warriors who participated in the first-ever Warrior Open, presenting the Winner's Trophy to Corporal Chad E. Pfeifer, United States Army (Retired), currently of Scottsdale, Arizona. The Warrior Open is a two-day golf tournament that continues President Bush's efforts to honor the men and women of our nation's Armed Forces who have sacrificed to protect America's freedoms.

The tournament, held at Las Colinas Country Club in the Dallas area, featured 20 members of the military who served their country honorably and were severely wounded during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. President Bush joined the veterans during a practice round on Sunday, and then watched them on the course during the two-day event. Read the rest of this entry »

Biking for a Good Cause in Scottsdale

October 12, 2011

Fox News Phoenix | myfoxphoenix.com | October 12, 2011

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - It's a grueling ride, but the cyclists who join it every year get their motivation from the Marines they're riding for.

The group is headed to San Diego and for every mile they ride for injured Marines, they're raising money. Read the rest of this entry »

Legends Fight Night 2011

October 12, 2011
Legends Fight Night Invite photo

Download the Legends Fight Night Invite!

Chicago, IL - This unique event celebrates its ninth year, and continues to grow in popularity. Originally founded in 2003 by a small group of friends and colleagues in the institutional investment industry, “Fight Night” has emerged as one of the “IT CHARITY EVENTS” in Chicago.

Founder Neal Wilkinson and the Board of Directors, in an aim to extend the charitable reach of “Fight Night” and other fundraising efforts, launched the OpenField Foundation (O.F.F.) early this year. O.F.F. will serve as a charitable fundraising platform with a clear mandate to support (via grants, gifts and donations) small, new and underserved charities whose cause addresses the needs of individuals in one of the following three areas: Sports/Wellness - Military Veterans - Children.

Each year, proceeds of Legends Fight Night will benefit the broad efforts of OpenField Foundation, as well as two “Benefactor Charities, carefully selected by O.F.F.’s Board of Directors. The 2011 “Benefactor Charities"are the Semper Fi Fund and Walking with Anthony.

The night's competition consists of a golden gloves-style card, featuring exciting fighters from the United States and Canada including live musical entertainment. Expect good, clean, old-school boxing amusement and energy pumping music, with the goal of supporting a tremendously worthwhile cause. You can play an important role in the success of this extraordinary event by attending!

The Semper Fi Fund has been chosen as a beneficiary of the event in honor of Lance Cpl. Christopher “CJ” Boyd who died in combat Thursday, August 19, 2010 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. CJ was 22 years old when he was killed in combat. After enlisting in the Marine Corps in 2006, Boyd spent three combat tours in Afghanistan. He was decorated with a Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. A graduate of Palatine High School in suburban Chicago, CJ is survived by his parents, wife and 2-year old twin sons.

Please visit the Legends Fight Night to learn more about this event and to buy your tickets.

2011 Shrapnel Happens 5K

October 12, 2011

The 2011 Shrapnel Happens 5k is a run that circles the Veterans Memorial Park in Richfield, MN. Bring your family and friends to honor all those who serve our nation!

All proceeds from this event will be donated to the Semper Fi Fund. The event is presented by Up Tempo Race Management and Alarc.

To register, donate or to buy a shirt please, see the Shrapnel Happens website.

For more information, please contact the Race Director, Danika Seymour.

Register Early!
Fees to register:
By Oct 28th $25
By Nov 8th - $30
On Race Day - $35

Camp Pendleton Patch: The Ride for Semper Fi

October 12, 2011

By Laura Crawford | Camp Pendleton Patch | Camppendleton.patch.com | October 5, 2011

The Ride for Semper Fi kicks off Oct. 12 from Scottsdale, Ariz. and ends in MCRD San Diego. The 70 participating riders of the event, which supports the Semper Fi Fund, have been training for five months—some longer—completing rides of up to 100 miles a day.

One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, which supports critically ill and/or injured members of the United States Armed Forces. Four of the riders have benefited from the fund in the past. Read the rest of this entry »

Virginia Skylla hosts Semper Fi Charity Golf Tournament

October 12, 2011

Skylla Engineering of Virginia will be hosting a golf tournament to benefit the Semper Fi Fund on October 21. The format will be a four-person scramble, and they will play rain or shine. The fee is $80.00 for a single golfer and includes 18 holes of golf, a cart, award dinner, and prizes.

This tournament is part of Skylla Engineering's series of “Skylla for Semper Fi” fundraising events to benefit the Semper Fi Fund over the course of one year.

Events will take place near the Skylla locations in Virginia, South Carolina, New Mexico, and Mississippi. Events will consist of a combination of Golf Tournaments, 5K Run/Walks, and/or Dinner/Silent Auctions beginning in October 2011 and concluding in August 2012.

Please contact Susan Lewis, Community Event Coordinator for Skylla Engineering for more information.

See the Skylla Engineering fundraising website for full details!

Riders from SFF’s Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program to participate in Horse Cutting Classic 2

October 12, 2011

Nokesville, VA -- As a part of Semper Fi Fund's Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program, the Semper Fi Fund will be sending ten select wounded Marines from the Marine Corps' Wounded Warrior Regiment (WWR) once again to participate in the Wounded Warrior Cutting Horse Classic at the D & M Cattle Company in Nokesville, Virginia. Read the rest of this entry »

People rally for wounded Marine

October 11, 2011

By Howard Altman | Tampa Tribune | Tbo.com | October 11, 2011

For Rob Barrow and Richard Hartmann, perhaps the hardest part of trying to build an addition to the home of a severely wounded Marine is finishing a sentence.

"Every time I tell someone the story of Cpl. Mike Nicholson, I get ready to start a sentence asking for help, but I can't finish it," said Barrow, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel. "Can you help with the conc?… Can you help with the dry wa? … I can't finish the sentence because people have been so eager to help, and they just jump in and offer." Read the rest of this entry »