Service Members Reunite with New Friends in Boston

Gabe Martinez and TSF in Boston
April 26, 2013

A group of injured service members from Team Semper Fi returned to Boston this weekend to revisit with the patients injured in the Boston Marathon bombing. Service member Gabe Martinez reunited with his new friends, Celeste and Sydney, and their special friendship is just one of the many reasons the Semper Fi Fund was inspired to create the America's Fund Mentors program: A new program through which our veterans will mentor those who were injured in the Boston Marathon bombing and accompany them through their rehabilitation, providing hope and encouraging success along the way to recovery. Read the rest of this entry »

Homestead Gardens – Severna Park, MD Fundraiser

April 26, 2013

Severna Park, Md – Homestead Gardens is once again sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. As in the past, raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each or 5 for $20 for a chance to win gift cards from local restaurants close to both Homestead Gardens locations, as well as from Homestead Gardens itself.

The fundraiser will be on May 4th and 5th in Davidsonville, Md. from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on May 11th and 12th at their Severna Park, Md. location from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

All those who contribute to the fundraiser will receive a 25% discount coupon from Homestead Gardens, good for one regularly priced item (with some exceptions).

Don't miss this great opportunity to support the Fund and win a chance to go on a shopping spree at Homestead Gardens or for a nice dinner out at one of the great local restaurants.

For additional information or if you have any questions, please contact Gladys Rodriguez at 443-607-1946

Homestead Gardens – Davisonville, MD Fundraiser

April 26, 2013

Davidsonville, Md – Homestead Gardens is once again sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. As in the past, raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each or 5 for $20 for a chance to win gift cards from local restaurants close to both Homestead Gardens locations, as well as from Homestead Gardens itself.

The fundraiser will be on May 4th and 5th in Davidsonville, Md. from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on May 11th and 12th at their Severna Park, Md. location from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

All those who contribute to the fundraiser will receive a 25% discount coupon from Homestead Gardens, good for one regularly priced item (with some exceptions).

Don't miss this great opportunity to support the Fund and win a chance to go on a shopping spree at Homestead Gardens or for a nice dinner out at one of the great local restaurants.

For additional information or if you have any questions, please contact Gladys Rodriguez at 443-607-1946

May Program to Benefit “Be There For Boston”

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April 25, 2013

For the entire month of May, these two great promotional product companies pledge to donate $10 of every order to the America's Fund "Be There for Boston" program. The Semper Fi Fund has set up the Boston Marathon Relief Fund through our America's Fund program, and will be raising funds that will directly assist victims of the Boston bombings.

Visit www.ipromo.com and www.memorysuppliers.com today, make a purchase, and help Memory Suppliers and iPromo reach their $10,000 goal to benefit the America's Fund Boston Marathon Relief Fund. For further information, please contact Laura at Memory Suppliers by email.

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CNN: Tragedy in Boston – How to help

April 23, 2013

By Rebecca Angel Baer and Katie Walmsley | CNN | cnn.com | April 23, 2013

CNN – Patriots Day is the third Monday in April marking the anniversary of the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. It is also the date for the Boston Marathon every year. It is meant to be a joyful celebration for the city, but yesterday that all changed.

Tragedy struck and lives were changed forever after two bombs exploded near the finish line of the marathon. Instead of celebrating the city, a nation now mourns the loss of three and the injuries of more than 100. But true to the American spirit, there are people and organizations on the ground helping the victims, and you can join their efforts. Read the rest of this entry »

The Wall Street Journal: FBI Returns Boston Marathon Bombing Site to City

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April 22, 2013

By BEN KESLIN G | The Wall Street Journal | wsj.com | April 22, 2013

BOSTON – A week after the Boston Marathon bombings, the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday returned control of the crime scene to the city, as local businesses and Bostonians tried to return to normalcy.

Mayor Thomas Menino earlier announced a five-point plan to open much of the Back Bay neighborhood a week after two bombs killed three people and injured more than 170 last Monday near the marathon finish line. Authorities had cut off access to street and pedestrian traffic to a large swath of the area near Copley Square after the bombings, citing the needs of the investigation and possible contamination. Read the rest of this entry »

Community Athlete: Captain Mosi Smith at Endless Summer 6 hour event

Captain Mosi Smith
April 22, 2013

Annapolis, MD – Marine Captain Mosi Smith will be participating in multiple events this year, as he has done throughout his several years of supporting the Semper Fi Fund. Participating in the St. John 8 Tuff Miles Road Race, Rock'N'Roll USA Marathon (as a pacer), Bull Run Run 50-Miler, Boston Marathon, Badwater: Salton Sea ultramarathon race, and Endless Summer 6 hour event. These races are a part of a long-term fundraising campaign that Captain Mosi Smith and Captain Robert Hillery launched in 2010 – they call it "1 in 10" campaign.

To help his campaign, please donate to his fundraising page!

Community Athlete: Captain Mosi Smith at Badwater – Salton Sea Ultramarathon Race

Captain Mosi Smith
April 22, 2013

Borrego Springs, CA – Marine Captain Mosi Smith will be participating in multiple events this year, as he has done throughout his several years of supporting the Semper Fi Fund. Participating in the St. John 8 Tuff Miles Road Race, Rock'N'Roll USA Marathon (as a pacer), Bull Run Run 50-Miler, Boston Marathon, Badwater: Salton Sea ultramarathon race, and Endless Summer 6 hour event. These races are a part of a long-term fundraising campaign that Captain Mosi Smith and Captain Robert Hillery launched in 2010 – they call it "1 in 10" campaign.

To help his campaign, please donate to his fundraising page!

Community Athlete: Carolyn O’brien – Running for a Cause Team

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April 22, 2013

Houston, TX – Community Athlete Carolyn O'brien will be participating in the Lions Club 2013 Safari Run and Obstacle course.

Please help her out by donating to her fundraising site!

Community Athlete: LtCol Don Thieme and son at Fellsman Event

LtCol Don Thieme
April 22, 2013

Thresfield, UK – LtCol Thieme is currently stationed at the US Embassy London. During his tour in London, he will be participating in the 61 mile Fellsman, which includes a climb of over 11,000 feet. Taking on this challenge with him is his son, Matthew. During this amazing challenge, they both will be representing the Semper Fi Fund and Marine Corps.

To help their campaign, please donate to their fundraising page!

Liberty Run Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5k

April 22, 2013

Liberty State Park, NJ – Liberty Run Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5k will take place on Friday May 24, 2013 – Saturday May 25, 2013 at Liberty State Park. The focus of this run is to celebrate the military during Fleet Week in NYC, as well as rebuild the New Jersey coast after Hurricane Sandy (charity partners reflect this mission). The Semper Fi Fund is a beneficiary of this event.

Click here to register now! Please visit the event website for more information.

Event details:

Friday:
10am-8pm packet pick-up, Health & Fitness Expo in Liberty State Park
7pm Hot Legs High Heel Hustle
7pm-9pm USO free concert

Saturday:
6:30am-7:45am Assemble at starting point
8am Liberty Run Marathon handcycle/wheelchair start
8:15am Marathon start
8:30am Half Marathon start
9am Hudson Lightning Liberty Hustle 5k
10:30am-3pm Post Race Festival
6pm Salute to the Fleet Free Concert (Standing Room Only)

Polo & Hot Air Balloon Festival

April 22, 2013

Lake Worth, FL – The Ford Trucks Polo & Balloon Festival will take place o May 10-12, 2013

–Admission is donated to the Semper Fi Fund
–USMC color guard, Hot air balloon rides, Mothers Day breakfast, polo games, and more

Contact Jonathan for more information at 561-683-4443 x.339 or by email.

Download the event flyer.

Mt. Kilimanjaro Hike

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April 22, 2013

Tanzania, Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcanic mountain in Kilimanjaro National Park, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Tanzania, the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 19,341 feet above sea level. This statistical significance helped Mount Kilimanjaro secure the position as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.

Father and son team, Mark and Marine Sergeant Brad Dixon, will hike the incredible Mt. Kilimanjaro in an attempt to raise $1 for each foot to the summit elevation - $19,341 - for our wounded and critically ill service members and the Semper Fi Fund. Please visit their fundraising page and support their great adventure.

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Ink Jam Studio Bike Ride 2013

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April 22, 2013

Massachusetts – The Ink Jam Tattoo Studio Summer Bash will take place on July 21, 2013. This is a family friendly event.

–$15 donation to ride
–Bike run starts 10am, leaves 11:45am from Boston Harley-Davidson, 1760 Revere Beach Pkwy (Rt 16) Everett, MA
–Motorcycles arrive at Maynard Rod & Gun Club 45 Old mill Rd Maynard, MA
–Bash is 12:30PM-6:00PM
–food, beer, live music, hot rods, pin ups, tattoo contest, bike contest, and raffles

For more information call 781-316-2393 or visit the website.

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Giving to Boston’s victims: How to choose a charity

April 19, 2013

By Barbara Bogaev | Marketplace | marketplace.org | April 19, 2013

Between the bombing in Boston and the deadly explosion in Texas there are hundreds of Americans still in the hospital, many of them facing large hospital and rehab costs. After tragedies like these, home-grown charities usually pop up immediately to help with expenses. Ken Berger, president and CEO of Charity Navigator, a website which ranks philanthropic organizations based on performance, joins us to talk about donating. Read the rest of this entry »