If you’re hosting (or attending) a party on February 5 to watch the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons battle for the NFL Championship, why not follow in the footsteps of Paul and Stephanie DeSimone?
The DeSimones — a Gold Star family from southern California (Stephanie lost her first husband in the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon) – have been hosting parties for a few years that include good friends, good food — and a little bit of fundraising for the Semper Fi Fund.
It all began a few years ago when the Patriots made it to the championship game (“we always host a party when the Patriots are in it,” said Paul). They continued the idea at a Christmas gathering where more than $1,000 was raised, and are looking forward to seeing the Patriots play again … and raising some money to support a good cause.
“I saw the enthusiasm of our guests when we did it,” said Paul. “We don’t put any pressure on them, and whatever we get we give to the Fund. The spirit we’ve generated amongst our friends is certainly well worth it, and it does add a nice touch to our gatherings.”
“We’ve received and continue to receive generosity from around the world,” noted Stephanie, who was pregnant at the time of the 9/11 attacks. “Our daughter continues to receive scholarships and such — and as a retired Navy family, giving back to this military community is important.”
“Folks want to do something,” noted Paul, a 26-year veteran of active service who ran a medical command and retired as a Captain at the end of 2011. “You get a little greater sense of pride of being able to contribute. We continually seek ways to assist other military families in need, and with the Semper Fi Fund, we know the funds are going to be well taken care of.”
Check out the fun shirts the DeSimones put together for purchase with all proceeds going directly to the Semper Fi Fund.
For more fundraising ideas and to explore different ways to support those who preserve our freedom by donating to the Fund, visit semperfifund.org/get-involved/ways-to-donate