Semper Fi Ride for Heroes

March 22, 2012

Florida to California - Dennis Mclaughlin, John Gerlaugh and Troy McLeheny will ride across the United States from St. Augustine, Florida to Camp Pendleton, California on recumbent trikes in the summer of 2012 to raise awareness and funds for our country’s wounded veterans. Although they will be riding specifically for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, they will also ride to support and provide visibility for all of America’s veterans.

Dennis and John became interested in sponsoring a fund raising event for the Semper Fi Fund when they attended an awareness dinner on the USS Intrepid in New York City in 2011. They met several severely injured Marines and their families, and were completely inspired by their positive “Can Do, Don’t Pity Me” attitude. They left that evening with an increased desire to do more to actively support our nation’s war wounded and their families.

Please support this wonderful group of patriots on their fundraising page and follow them on their journey on their Facebook page.

Members of the Ride for Heroes team ride to their next destination

Members of the Ride for Heroes team ride to their next destination from Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, July 9, 2012. Ride for Heroes raises funds for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. armed forces and their families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Smith)

There will be a great celebration at Del Mar Beach, Camp Pendleton, at 4:00PM on August 10th as the riders reach the end of their journey!

ABC 4 News Charleston: Man runs cross country on an ‘ElliptiGO’

March 22, 2012

ABC 4 News Charleston | ABCNews4.com | March 21, 2012

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- What do you plan to do once you're 71 years old? Rick Hermelin, a retired marine, has had an idea for some time.

"I wanted to do a run, coast to coast, and that was my original idea was to run it," said Hermelin. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 Tri for Our Veterans – In Memory of Matt McCulley (TSF Event)

March 21, 2012

Sea Isle, NJ - This event is a wonderful way to start the summer triathlon season AND keep the "Memorial" in Memorial Day Weekend. Sea Isle City's "Tri for Our Veterans" triathlon/duathlon is a sprint distance event, complete with an ocean swim (tri) or run (du), a fast bicycle course, and a beach run. Read the rest of this entry »

KPBS San Diego: 71-Year-Old Ex-Marine’s High-Impact Quest For Vets

March 21, 2012

By Helen Hawes | KPBS San Diego | KPBS.org | March 20, 2012

A 71-year-old former Marine is about to glide across the nation to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund, a charity established to help injured veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Rick Hermalin of Encinitas is going to ride an elliptiGO bike from Marine Recruit Depot in Parris Island, S.C. to Marine Corps Depot in San Diego. Read the rest of this entry »

Jake Sullivan’s Walk-a-thon

March 20, 2012

Update!

Recently, Jake Sullivan and his classmates donated over $600 from his Walk-a-thon to the Semper Fi Fund!

Semper Fi Fund supporter 3rd grader Jake Sullivan presents donation to SFF!

Semper Fi Fund supporter 3rd grader Jake Sullivan (3rd from left) and his classmates present a donation to wounded warrior John Spring (far left) and SFF representative Barbra Roberson (far right)




Thank you Jake and all the Castle Hayne School walkers and supporters for giving to our injured service members and their families!

EVENT INFORMATION:

Castle Hayne, NC – Third grader, Jake Sullivan wanted to do a walk-a-thon for a charity. With his Mom's help, he researched and found the Semper Fi Fund to be the perfect choice for him.

On March 24, at his school's Spring Fling event, Jake and his classmates will do laps around their school complex to raise money for the Semper Fi Fund. Supporters can donate by sponsoring participates for each lap they complete.

Jake's goal is to raise awareness and $1,000 for the Semper Fi Fund.

Thank you Jake for your heart for our injured service members!!

Courage to Care Annual Charity Event

March 20, 2012

Easton, PA – The Courage to Care Annual Charity Event was started to bring together family, and friends to benefit others in need. With that goal in mind, this year they are choosing the Semper Fi Fund as their charity of choice.

Their goal is to assist the Semper Fi Fund in making it possible to care for those men and woman that have made unselfish sacrifices.

Courage to Care, not only want to help those in need, but inspire others to do so as well.

This event is a private friend and family event being held to raise money for the SFF through the registration fee, raffles and donations.

Wounded Warrior Golf Outing 2012

March 20, 2012
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Ligonier, PA – Join golfers for the Wounded Warrior Golf Outing to honor Marine Sgt Michael Frazier at the beautiful Ligonier Country Club in Ligonier, PA on May 25, 2012. Registration includes lunch, 18 holes of golf and dinner. Please see flyer for more information!

The tournament is being hosted by Rob Gault, the uncle of Sgt Frazier. Sgt Frazier was severely wounded while serving the United States mission in Afghanistan. His injuries resulted in the loss of both of his legs, requiring extensive care and rehabilitation. However, Sgt Frazier has not allowed his injuries to slow him; he is continuing to serve in the Marine Corps and is dedicated to returning to full mobility with the aid of prosthetic legs. In fact, Sgt. Frazier plans on getting married in October, 2012!

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Semper Fi Fund.

5 Star Fitness Weight Loss Challenge Fundraiser

March 19, 2012

Yucca Valley, CA – 5 Star Fitness will once again be hosting their annual Weight Loss Challenge. The event takes place from March 3 - May 19, 2012 at their location in Yucca Valley, CA.

5 Star Fitness is anticipating 100-125 participants. Each person will be sponsored by people in the community, and the Semper Fi Fund will receive donations according to pounds lost.

For more information, contact Ashley Wade by email.

North County Times: Former Marine launching coast-to-coast fundraiser

March 19, 2012

By Mark Walker | North County Times | NCTimes.com | March 19, 2012

Longtime marathoner and former U.S. Marine Rick Hermelin is set to leave for Perris Island, S.C., on Tuesday to begin a cross-country ride to raise money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

Hermelin, an Encinitas resident, is making the journey on an elliptical bicycle and hopes to raise at least $10,000. Read the rest of this entry »

FOX News 5 San Diego: Former Marine embarks on transcontinental ride

March 19, 2012

Fox News 5 San Diego | Fox5sandiego.com | March 19, 2012

ENCINITAS, Calif. -- A 71-year-old former Marine said Monday he will make a transcontinental ride on a bicycle-like contraption to raise funds for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

Rick Hermelin, who has run in 100 marathons and 100 half-marathons, said he will begin his journey Friday at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Perris Island, S.C., and hopes to complete it 100 days later at the MCRD in San Diego. Read the rest of this entry »

Broken Yolk Cafe’s 12-egg Ironman Challenge

March 19, 2012
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Oceanside, CA – On Friday, April 13, 2012, Broken Yolk Café of Oceanside, California will invite a handful of Marines, San Diego Chargers, and a local radio station (105.3 FM), to take the 12-egg Ironman Challenge. Bragging rights are on the line to whomever can finish the challenge!

If a contestant finishes the challenge, Broken Yolk Cafe will make a donation to the Semper Fi Fund.

If you are interested in participating in the challenge or would like additional information about the event, please email Randy Corrigan by email.

The live radio broadcast takes place between 6:00 am - 10:00 am with the challenge running from 8:00 am - 9:00 am.

San Diego Blood Drive will also be taking place in the parking lot.

KGTV San Diego: Retired Marine Prepares For Cross-Country Trek

March 19, 2012
Rick Hermelin on KGTV News SD

By Ariana Duarte | KGTV San Diego | 10News.com | March 19, 2012

Rick Hermelin, 71, Will Ride From South Carolina To San Diego To Raise Money For Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

ENCINITAS, Calif. -- A 71-year-old retired Marine said on Monday he will make a transcontinental ride on a bicycle-like contraption to raise funds for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

Rick Hermelin, who has run in 100 marathons and 100 half-marathons, said he will begin his journey Friday at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Perris Island, S.C., and hopes to complete it 100 days later at the MCRD in San Diego. Read the rest of this entry »

SCMM’s 5th Annual All-MINI Car Show

March 14, 2012
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Tustin, CA - Come check out all the great cars and support the Semper Fi Fund at SoCal MINI Maniacs's (SCMM) 5th Annual All-MINI Car Show! The show is set for Saturday, June 9, at the Enderle Center in Tustin, CA.

It draws more than one hundred vehicles, from beautifully restored Classic Coopers to the latest models of today’s MINI.

Each year a charity is chosen to receive half of the show proceeds. This year the club is supporting the Semper Fi Fund.

Proceeds from car show are being donated in memory of long-time SCMM member Mike Donahey, a Marine and Vietnam veteran who passed away last April.

SoCal MINI Maniacs (SCMM) is a friendly, casual, non-profit organization formed primarily as a social club for the enjoyment of the MINI Cooper automobile among a group of like-minded enthusiasts. Anyone who holds an appreciation and interest in these cars may join. They welcome all MINIs both new and classic to our club.

For more information about SCMM, please see their website.

4th Annual Run for the Fund

March 14, 2012
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Ridgecrest, CA – The 4th Annual Run for the Fund benefiting the Semper Fi Fund is set for April 14 beginning and ending at Leroy Jackson Park in Ridgecrest, CA.

You can register for the race or sign up as a sponsor on the Run for the Fund website!

The first year the Run for the Fund saw almost 200 runners and walkers, over 20 sponsors, and raised over $8,500 for the Semper Fi Fund! The second annual run saw over 300 runners and walkers and raised over $10,000! The third annual run raised $10,500! Thank you Ridgecrest for your continued support!

For more information, please contact Mark Millis at 760-608-1748.

3rd Annual Run for the Fund

3rd Annual Run for the Fund

Rebeca and David Randle Benefit Concert

March 14, 2012
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Encinitas, CA – Rebeca & David Randle will host a musical benefit concert on May 5, 2012 at John St. Claire’s home at 1839 Freda Lane, Encinitas, CA.

Mingle hour is at 6:00 p.m. Concert starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

10% gross and $10/CD sold at the concert will benefit to Semper Fi Fund.

To purchase tickets and to find out more about Rebeca & David's music please see their website.

For more information, please contact Rebeca Randle by email.