Community Athlete Bill Greineisen, Ironman Extraordinaire

July 3, 2013

Bill Greineisen Community AthleteBill Greineisen is participating in the Ali'i 6 Mile Swim Challenge in Kohala Coast, Hawaii. Bill has been a consistent participant in the hardcore races. He takes on the multiple aspects of physicality races such as the Ironmans. This year he is planning on competing in:

*Ali'i 6 Mile Swim Challenge, August 12, 2013
*Lavaman Waikaloa in April, 2014
*Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas in May, 2014
*Ironman 70.3 Hawaii in June, 2014
*Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene also in June, 2014
*Lavaman Keauhou in August, 2014
*IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP in October, 2014

He does these races with the mindset to help our mission. If you would like to join his fundraising efforts, please donate to his site today.

Community Athletes: Team Reaction, Steelhead 70.3

July 3, 2013

Scott McBride Team Reaction Community Athlete"Team Reaction" is comprised of Scott McBride, Kenny Lehman, Sally Sherman, Jeff Nelson, Joe Fischette, Jason Brehm, John Haggerty, Dave Kelsch, Brandon Cecil, and Mark Marafka. They are participating in the Steelhead 70.3 in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

They be participating in numerous events from New Orleans Ironman to Steelhead Ironman. If you would like to support their effort to fundraise for our servicemembers whom need assistance, please donate and support them today.

Community Athlete: Larry Thon, Baby Boomers Bicycle Ride Across America

July 3, 2013

Larry Thon Community Athlete riding across americaLarry is riding across America starting in Portland, Oregon and finishing Portland, Maine. That’s over 3,000 miles. Larry recently found out about the great mission of the Semper Fi Fund from a friend whom is prior Naval Graduate. After realizing how fabulous the funds mission was, he decided to take on the great challenge of riding from Portland to Portland.

He plans to help others realize the need of our injured servicemembers along with raise funds to help them. If you would like to help with his efforts, please donate to his campaign.

Semper Fi Fund Returns to Germany

June 25, 2013

Recently, Semper Fi Fund traveled to Germany to visit the Landstuhl hospital, Ramstein flight line, Helicopter unit, and the Landstuhl Fisher House to wrap our arms around our liaisons, injured service members, and hospital staff. As always, it was one of our most touching annual trips. Read the rest of this entry »

Help us with a $75,000 grant from DSW Shoes: DSW Show that Shoe Lovers Care!

June 11, 2013

The Semper Fi Fund has been selected as one of eight charities to compete in the DSW Shoe Lovers Care - Leave Your Mark contest. Each of the eight charities was nominated by an employee of DSW. The charity with the most votes will receive a $75K grant! From June 6-19, supporters can vote ONCE A DAY on their Facebook page. Go to the DSW Facebook page, then click on the green Shoe Lovers Care tab at the top. Like their page and then you will be able to vote for the Semper Fi Fund once a day. Read the rest of this entry »

You. Are. Beautiful. – A Tribute to Warriors

June 4, 2013

Gloucester, MA – "You. Are. Beautiful." is a fine art photography project by Thi Linh Wernau. The work celebrates the human spirit and beauty in all people. She especially honors veterans and wounded veterans with her work. This event will celebrate the launch of her new book and will showcase select art from the warriors she has photographed to date, which includes 5 men who have served in the Marine Corps and Army.

Please join in this exciting event where 100% of the ticket price will be donated to the Semper Fi Fund. Read the rest of this entry »

3d Dental Battalion Officers’ Mess 2nd Annual Mid-Summer’s Night 5k Fun Run

June 4, 2013

Okinawa, Japan – The 2nd annual Mid-Summer's Night 5k Fun Run will involve members of the military community in Okinawa, Japan. Funds will benefit the Semper Fi Fund. For more information, please visit the Facebook page or contact by email.

Please download the event flyer!

Rock Solid Mud Run – August 17

June 3, 2013

Rock Solid Mud RunEnglishtown, NJ – Rock Solid Mud Run is a challenging, 5-mile course with over thirty obstacles designed by U.S. Marines to test you physically, mentally, and emotionally. This is sure to be one of toughest events you ever attempt! Athletes can take on this course as individuals or as a team.

After the 5 grueling miles of obstacles and MUD, there will be a post-race party with live music, food, drinks, and exhibitors. Portions of the proceeds will benefit the Semper Fi Fund!

Register and learn more about the course and this event on their website.

Ongoing Giving Opportunities: Tokia Wear

May 31, 2013

Tokia Legends military clothing Tokia Legends is a California apparel company that is owned and operated by a U.S. Marine wife. In 2010, she made a t-shirt design for her husband's islander friends called Tokia Legends – Warriors of the Sea which also proved popular among service members and other athletes in San Diego and Los Angeles areas. Read the rest of this entry »

America’s Fund Announces $1 Million Matching Campaign

May 27, 2013

America's Fund, a charitable program operated by the Semper Fi Fund, announces a $1 million donation matching campaign to run over the next year, made possible by the incredible generosity of a family who prefers to remain anonymous. Donations up to $1 million pledged to America's Fund will be matched by this family, helping America's Fund further their mission of providing financial assistance to injured U.S. service members and their families. Read the rest of this entry »

Bringing Hope to Boston

May 25, 2013

Hailey Danisewicz recently teamed up with some of our injured service members to bring hope those wounded in the Boston bombings. What she found in return will stay with her for a lifetime. Read about her experience in this entry from her blog:

There are certain days in history that remain etched in our minds forever- events that we can recall with vivid detail years after they occur. For me, Monday April 15, 2013 will always be one of those days. Read the rest of this entry »

Hugh Hewitt Hosts the Semper Fi Fund in Honor of Memorial Day

May 24, 2013

Each Memorial Day, national radio personality Hugh Hewitt takes the time to talk with some of our nation's injured heroes so that they may share their stories with America. We invite you to listen in to this inspirational show and hear first-hand how the Semper Fi Fund has been there for our wounded and critically ill service members from "day one". We are excited for the opportunity to spread awareness for our injured service members and their families, and also celebrate and remember the life and service of all those who lost their lives while bravely serving our country. Read the rest of this entry »

Partners in Tourism 2013

May 22, 2013

San Diego, CA – San Diego Concierge Association along with corporate partners SeaWorld, Lego Land, & Enterprise Car Rental will be having their annual "Partners in Tourism" Tradeshow to showcase their companies to the tourism industry. This year, they've decided to help raise money for the Semper Fi Fund. The event is free and open to the public. Please contact Gaby Delgado at 858.964.6544 if you have any questions.

Download the event flyer!

SDCA LogoEstancia La Jolla Logo

Semper Chai: Marine spouse promotes healing power of tea

May 19, 2013

By Hope Hodge | Military Times | militarytimes.com | May 19, 2013

A Marine spouse believes she has found a remedy for deployment separation anxiety, post-traumatic stress and even battlefield wounds — and it’s all in a cup of hot tea.

For Rachel Crawford, wife of a Marine major stationed aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., her discovery of the healing powers of tea began after the loss of her prematurely born twin girls. Finding that a mug of tea was the only thing that brought her any comfort in her grief, she was inspired, as time passed, to learn more about the potency of tea and its uses. Her digging led her to adaptogens, compounds within medicinal herbs that some believe enhance performance and promote wellness, stability and healing. Read the rest of this entry »

San Diego Union Tribune: Marines win Warrior Games

May 17, 2013

By Gretel C. Kovach | San Diego Union Tribune | utsandiego.com | May 17, 2013

The Marines fought off a near upset from the Army this week in the 2013 Warrior Games, claiming a fourth Chairman’s Cup and another year of bragging rights as undefeated champion of the athletic competition for troops injured by combat, illness or accidents.

At closing ceremonies Thursday night in Colorado Springs, Colo., the 50-member team of active duty and veteran Marines belted their hymn for the crowd, singing “From the Halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli…” Some of the athletes sat in wheelchairs or stood on prosthetic legs. Some couldn’t see the cup they passed around, but they kissed and hugged it and each other. Read the rest of this entry »