Patriots Hockey checks Semper Fi Fund

January 16, 2013

By Sgt. Michael Cifuentes | DVIDS | | January 16, 2013

SAN MARCOS, Calif. – A Southern California ice hockey team comprised of active and former service members made a huge play Jan. 13 when they presented the Semper Fi Fund with a check for $1,400.

The team, Patriots Hockey, raised the money at the ECHL’s Ontario Reign game Dec. 1 in Ontario, Calif. After spending three periods and an overtime in the corridors of Citizens Business Bank Arena, home of the Reign, raising money for the fund by selling Patriots Hockey t-shirts and accepting donations, the team then took the ice to take on Ontario Fire Department’s hockey team. Read the rest of this entry »

Ready, Set, Go: Second Annual Flight Line Dash

January 15, 2013

By Lance Cpl. Raquel Barraza | DVIDS | | January 15, 2013

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – At 6 a.m., with the cold San Diego breeze making them shiver, volunteers with the Officers' Wives' Club hosted the second annual Flight Line Dash aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Jan. 12.

Approximately 500 members of the San Diego community ran to support and raise money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, the MCAS Miramar Exceptional Family Member Program, the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society and the MCAS Miramar Children's Library. Read the rest of this entry »

Mission Redefined: Encouraging Veterans with physical disabilities to take on sports

January 15, 2013

The Semper Fi Fund is proud to have paratriathlete Michael Johnston on Team Semper Fi!

By Doug Williams | U.S. Paralympics | | January 15, 2013

Michael Johnston is a paratriathlete with hopes of competing in the sport’s Paralympic Games debut in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

But he is also part of another mission: He’s trying to encourage fellow Veterans and members of the Armed Forces with physical disabilities to get involved in sports to help open doors to new activities, enrich their lives and get them moving forward. Read the rest of this entry »

Tires in Honor of Tyler Southern for Semper Fi Fund

January 12, 2013

Orange Park, FL – For every tire sold in the month of February, All-Starz Tire & Automotive will donate $1 to the Semper Fi Fund in honor of Tyler Southern and his heroic service to our country. Hours: Monday – Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 12pm. Point of contact is Cindy Brown by email or at 904.579.3041

Visit the All-Starz Tire & Automotive website.

All Starz Tire and Automotive

Semper Fi Fund to attend Marine West Expo

January 10, 2013

Camp Pendleton, CA – The Semper Fi Fund will have a booth at the Marine West Expo on Camp Pendleton. Please stop by our booth and say hello!

Marine West, founded in 1992, is co-sponsored by and held at Camp Del Mar Beach Resort, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton. Marine commands throughout Southern California send delegations to visit this annual exposition. Marine West showcases the latest technology and prototypes aimed at preparing today's Marines for the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century.

Hours of operation:

Feb 13: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Feb 14: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Please visit the website for more information about the Marine West Expo.

Onslow County United Way iServe Volunteer Fair

January 10, 2013

UWOC_LogoJacksonville, NC – The Semper Fi Fund will participate in Onslow County United Way's 2013 iServe Volunteer Fair. This event helps the public find a cause they are passionate about by connecting local non-profit organizations to potential volunteers.

Contact Daniel Freyburger at 910.347.2646

New River Harley-Davidson 6th Annual Screamin’ Eagle® High Performance Chili Challenge

January 10, 2013

Jacksonville, NC – New River Harley-Davidson 6th Annual Screamin' Eagle® High Performance Chili Challenge
Saturday January 26, 2013 9am – 4pm

$20 Entry fee per team
$5 donation per person covers all samplings
9am – Cooking begins
Noon-2pm – Samplings
2pm – Judging begins
3pm – Trophies and bragging rights

Pre-registration for teams required – registration closes January 23, 2013 and must be paid by that day
Teams must:
– consist of head cook and no more than 5 other members
– provide their own pot, utensils, and gas burner as well as tent, tables, and chairs
– be responsible for decorating their tent
– supply all ingredients except for meat
– cook a minimum of 3 gallons of chili

For additional questions, please contact Shannon Hogan at 910.346.9997 or by email.

chili challenge event flyer

Stagecoach Century Ride 2013

January 7, 2013

Ocotillo, CA – Kick off your New Year of cycling with the 9th Annual 2013 Stagecoach Century Ride! The ride is a Wild West cycling adventure along the historic Great Southern Overland Stage Route of 1849. It travels through pristine California deserts on County Route S2 in east San Diego and Imperial Counties and Bicycling Magazine has rated Stagecoach as a "Best in Cycling Event" three years in a row!

This year Stagecoach Century Ride has chosen the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund as their charity of choice. Join the ride and support the Fund!

Visit the Stagecoach website to register for the ride and for full details of the course, weather, and types of riders.

Event Details:
Date: Sat, Jan 12, 2013
Where: Ocotillo, CA
(80 miles east of San Diego, just off I-8)

Start Window:
7:00-7:10 A.M: Time Trial
7:10-9:00 A.M: All Riders

Race Distances: 26, 50, 73, 84, 90, and 100 miles.
Out-and-back route allows riders to chose own distances.

Hire a Patriot

January 7, 2013

San Diego, CA – This FREE Military Hiring Event Education and Resource Fair is open to the public. All active duty military and spouses and veterans are invited to attend this great event sponsored by The Patriot Group, Inc.. For more information, please visit their website.

Download the event flyer.

Memorial Drag ‘N’ Shine

January 7, 2013

Puyallup, WA – This charity car show in memory of PFC Michael Firkins USMC will feature custom cars and trucks. $20 vehicle entry fee and trophies for the Top 25. All proceeds to benefit the Semper Fi Fund. For more information, please contact Larrick Firkins at 253.722.8710 or by email.

Download the event flyer.

PFC Michael Firkins USMC

PFC Michael Firkins USMC

38th Marine Corps Marathon: 2013 Semper Fi Fund Team

January 6, 2013

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Our Sponsors!

A heartfelt "Thank you!!!" to our 2013 sponsors!!

Blackberry, Inc.!!

Blackberry, Inc.

Gold Sponsors

FLIR Systems, Inc.

Silver Sponsors

Hewlett Packard


Bronze Sponsors

Subway, Inc.

The Donohoe Companies

Corner Bakery Cafe, Inc.

Runner's Mate Sponsors

C&J Energy Services, Inc.

Brown and Bigelow,


“Our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Walt Disney

Thank you to ALL of you for your hard work, dedication and support! Through all kinds of weather, injuries and a possible Government shut down, you dedicated a good part of this past year to training and fundraising for our injured and critically ill service members. What an outstanding accomplishment you have made. At this year's marathon you were part of the largest charity team in the Marine Corps Marathon.

With more than 1,000 of you, together you have raised over $737,028 and we can still apply donations to your totals through December 31st, so please help make this the best year yet!!

We thank you so much for not only raising funds, but most importantly, raising awareness of the needs of our injured and critically ill service members. This amazing team will be hard to top, but we are hopeful that you'll join us again next year and we're confident that our 2014 runners will enjoy the challenge as much as you have.

Hear what runners are saying about their experience at this year's Marine Corps Marathon and learn more about the Semper Fi Fund on our Facebook page. Join the conversation, we'd love to hear from you!

It has truly been a pleasure working with you this year and we look forward to seeing everyone next year...and bring a friend!

Check out our MCM
Supporter Resources!

Fundraising Kit
MCM Runner Poster
MCM Check Donation Form
MCM Campaign Page

If you have any questions about our participation in the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon or about participating in the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon, please contact Elizabeth O'Connell by email or by calling 516.567.6014


1. Support a Runner until December 31, 2013!

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2. Run with the Fund in 2014!

Runner registrations will begin in early 2014, just a few short months away! Check back with us for updates on when you can register!

3. Volunteer in 2014!

The Semper Fi Fund could use your help at the Marine Corps Marathon! If you or anyone you know would like to help us fulfill this need, please contact our Race Coordinator, Kathy Wise by email.

4. Become a 2014 Sponsor!

For more information, please contact Casey Fisher by email.


– Receive a Semper Fi Fund running shirt and gift bag.
– An online fundraising link set up by that you can send to your supporters.
– Fun post-marathon amenities at our Semper Fi Fund tent.
– Timely updates from our Race Coordinator.
– Semper Fi Fund Pasta Dinner: Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel. Join other runners and our Team Semper Fi Veteran Athletes for an evening of great food and camaraderie.
– Prizes for the top fundraisers!
– The heartfelt thanks of the injured Marines, Sailors, Airmen and Soldiers you will be supporting!

Training Tips

Here are some training tips to help you with your final preparations!
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The MCM was established in 1976, and as of 2009 the MCM became the fourth largest marathon in the United States and the eighth largest in the world with runners from more than 50 participating countries.

The race typically occurs a few weeks before the United States Marine Corps birthday on November 10. The Marine Corps Marathon is known as "The People's Marathon" because it is open to all runners ages 14 and above, and is the largest marathon not to offer prize money.

Thank you to all of our runners and supporters for your dedication to our mission of "serving those who preserve our freedom!"

No Federal or Marine Corps endorsement of advertisers or sponsors is implied.

Veterans’ Needs, Charitable Dangers

January 5, 2013

By Richard C. Morais | Barron's | | Jan 5, 2012

Military personnel are committing suicide at a rate greater than they are dying in battle. In 2011, there were 283 confirmed Army, Reserve, and National Guard suicides, according to the Defense Department. Last year, it appears, the tolling bells rang an even sadder result. In the first 11 months of 2012, there were 303 "potential" suicides among the same group, with 210 so far confirmed by investigators. In contrast, the Stars and Stripes military newspaper reports that, as of Dec. 7, 212 soldiers had been killed in Afghanistan last year. Read the rest of this entry »

Boeing Workers Donate $420,000 to Vets

January 4, 2013

The grants, through an employees fund, were given to nine groups that help military veterans transition into civilian life.

By OC Patch Staff | Los Alamitos – Seal Beach Patch | | Jan 4, 2013

Boeing's California employees recently gave more than $400,000 to groups that aid military veterans, according to the aerospace and defense company. Read the rest of this entry »

Thank you Go Daddy and The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation!

December 23, 2012

On Friday December 7th, Go Daddy hosted a huge year-end Holiday party at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ where Bob and Renee Parsons presented the Semper Fi Fund with checks totaling $2 million. The first $1 million check came from generous donors, including Go Daddy customers, the second $1 million check represented the matching funds from Go Daddy and the Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation who began their United States Marine Corps 237th birthday tribute with matching gifts campaign in November. On hand were approximately 5,000 employees and guests including Nascar driver Danica Patrick and IndyCar star James Hinchcliffe. Semper Fi Fund's Karen Guenther, Sondria Saylor, and Karen Kawachi accepted the check along with wounded service members, Eddie Wright, Tony Porta, Manny Delrio and Aaron Mankin. Read the rest of this entry »

Festival of Trees: Supporting our Service Members this Holiday Season

December 22, 2012

Inspired by the season of hope and giving, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort and Haim Salon presented Semper Fi Fund service member, Petty Officer Bryan Fazio, with a beautiful decorated tree to say thank you for his brave service to our country. As a cancer survivor, Bryan is an amazing inspiration and symbol of hope to his fellow injured and ill service members. He is very grateful to the Semper Fi Fund for assisting him and his family during the difficult stages of his fight against cancer. The Semper Fi Fund is equally thankful for Bryan's sacrifices, and his amazing story brings us hope this holiday season. Read the rest of this entry »