Wounded Marine recovers from injuries with support of Family, Friends, and the Semper Fi Fund!

February 9, 2012

Cpl Colin Faust

While serving in Afghanistan, Marine Cpl Colin Faust suffered an IED blast which changed his life forever.  Colin's injuries were severe.  His left leg was amputated above the knee.  His right leg was severely damaged as was his left lower arm.  After countless surgeries, skin grafts, and months of grueling rehabilitation, Colin is still in the fight for recovery!
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Wounded Warriors to participate in Cutting Horse Classic 2012

February 8, 2012

Nokesville, VA - As part of Semper Fi Fund’s Jinx McCain Horsemanship Program, ten select wounded Marines and Sailors from the Marine Corps’ Wounded Warrior Regiment (WWR) will be participating in the Wounded Warrior Cutting Horse Classic event Read the rest of this entry »

“Creations by Suzi” Jewelry Show

February 8, 2012
Suzi Burke-jeweler

Jeweler Suzi Burke

San Clemente, CA - "Creations-by-Suzi Jewelry Show" is an in-home event to raise money for Semper Fi Fund and bring awareness to the needs of our military families.

100% of funds raised will be donated to Semper Fi Fund.

Semper Fi Fund attends Marine South Expo

February 8, 2012

Marine Military ExpoCamp Lejeune, NC -- The Semper Fi Fund will be attending the 2012 Marine South Expo on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Please stop by our booth to say hello to our staff and volunteers and to find out more about our mission!

Marine South is co-sponsored by and held at Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune. Marine South commands from Camp Lejeune; Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point and Marine Corps Air Station, New River are among the attendees. Held since 1993, this annual exposition showcases the latest innovative displays, trailblazing computer simulations and state-of-the-art technology systems and equipment designed specifically for the U.S. Marine Corps.

Tough Mudder Dirt Devil Team

February 8, 2012

Team Dirt Devil does Tough Mudder for Semper Fi Fund

Frederick, MD – Team Dirt Devils, an all Marine team, will be testing their strength and mental stamina while running through mud, swimming through muddy water, climbing, crawling at the Mid Atlantic Tough Mudder obstacle course. This course is a 10 -12 mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, mental grit along with camaraderie. Tough Mudder is the premier Adventure Challenge series in the world.

The Dirt Devils will donate all the proceeds they raise to the Semper Fi Fund. You can support their event by donating through the Semper Fi Fund Donation page and choosing "Tough Mudder Dirt Devil Team" from the Events drop down menu!

Thank you Team Dirt Devils for your support!!

Marine Corps Connection: Marine’s Cross Country Ride

February 7, 2012
Tim Toumey's Operation Awakening for the Semper Fi Fund

Marine Tim Toumey with Operation Awakening

Tim Tuomey understands the sacrifices service members make to protect American freedom, especially after serving with the 2nd Reconnaissance Battlion, 2nd Marine Division more than two decades ago. While on a climbing trip in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, he experienced what he called an "awakening" where he fully realized that what was truly important to him were the Marines and Sailors protecting his freedom. He organized Operation Awakening, in which he aims to "make a difference in someone else's life" by riding his bike 3,168 miles across the United States. He will leave Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., on April 12 and arrive at his former home base of 2nd Marine Division in Jacksonville, N.C., approximately 70 days later. Tuomey plans to raise money and awareness through his ride for The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, which provides financial support for ill and injured service members and their families.

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The Record Herald: Penn State Mont Alto plays game that matters

February 7, 2012

By Lee Goodwin | The Record Herald | TheRecordHerald.com | February 7, 2012

Penn State Mont Alto plays game that matters

Brooke Jacobs (left) and Emily Walck work the silent auction and raffle tables during Monday’s Semper Fi Rally at the PSU Mont Alto-PSU Lehigh Valley mens’ basketball game in Mont Alto. Photo by Lee Goodwin.

Mont Alto, Pa. – If sports and competition is the ship, then compassion and caring are the anchors.

Both emerged as the true winners Monday night as Penn State Mont Alto held a Semper Fi Rally before and during their PSUAC men’s basketball game against Penn State Lehigh Valley at the Mont Alto Multipurpose Activities Center.

All proceeds from donations raised from the event — which included a silent auction, a raffle and t-shirt sales — will be given to the Semper Fi Fund, an organization dedicated to helping wounded Marines as well as wounded veterans in other branches of the military who have been in support of Marines. The Semper Fi Fund raises money to assist these wounded veterans in need of special care. Read the rest of this entry »

Comedy Hour and Night at the Races

February 7, 2012

Cheltenham, PA – Presentation Parish will again host this year's the Night at the Races which will include a Comedy Hour. There will be a special appearance by Comedian Joe Conklin who will lead off the evening with his special brand of Philly humor. Followed by a night of video horse races, games of chance and great food.

The event is in memory of PFC John Kihm, a 2005 graduate of Presentation BVM Grade School and LCpl Louis Rotondo.

Tickets are $30.00 and covers your food, drinks, set ups, and a chance at our door prize!

The event will benefit the Semper Fi Fund.

For more information please contact Paul Corbett by email.

Rise Media Pre-Grammy Event to Honor Those Who Protect Us

February 6, 2012
Rise Media  invites you to event to benefit Semper Fi Fund

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Sherman Oaks, CA – Rise Media presents “Honoring Those Who Protect Us" a pre-Grammy event to benefit the Semper Fi Fund.

The event will be hosted by Comedian Tommy Davidson and featuring a special live performance by Warner Brother recording artist Brandyn Burnette and other surprise guests!

When: Tuesday February 7, 2012 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Smiles' 13615 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

For more information please contact Liane Mori at Rise Media Group at 818-450-4640 or by email Homer.

Rise Media Group, is a team of experienced entertainment professionals who have successfully produced events such as The Grove Concert Series, The Hollywood Christmas Tree Lighting and the NAACP after-party, along with Tunnel Vision LLC presents “Celebrating Those Who Protect Us” a Pre-Grammy Event benefitting the Semper Fi Fund, a non-profit organization that provides immediate financial support for the injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. This evening of music and entertainment will be hosted by comedian/actor Tommy Davidson (In Living Color, The Proud Family) and will feature live performances by Warner Brothers’ recording artist Brandyn Burnette, along with a host of celebrities, top executives and press in attendance.

Celebrities confirmed to attend include actress/singer-songwriter Taylor Parks (Hair Spray, Bones, True Jackson, VP), musician Cassandra O’Neal (New Power Generation) and hit producer Damon Thomas (Underdogs).

Marine Corps Historic Half 2012

February 6, 2012

Fredericksburg, VA - Registration is now open! Join the Semper Fi Fund team for the 2012 "Marine Corps Historic Half." Read the rest of this entry »

Semper Fi Fund Launches the “Share Your Love” Campaign for February

February 3, 2012

Camp Pendleton, CA – During this month of Valentine cards and mementos, the Semper Fi Fund invites you to share your stories of compassion, hope and love on the organization’s Facebook page.

The stories can be from an experience with the Semper Fi Fund or a personal story of inspiration.

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Sea Otter Classic 2012

February 2, 2012

Monterey, CA – The mission of the Sea Otter Classic is to make people's lives better through participation in sport and recreation, and through celebration of an active outdoor lifestyle.

The 2012 Sea Otter Classic, "A Celebration of Cycling," will be held April 19-22, 2012 at Logo - Semper Fi Fund Supporter - Sea Otter Classic Monterey, California, USA. This four-day, action-packed cycling festival features a full schedule of amateur and professional events, as well as other activities for family members of all ages. The Sea Otter Classic also plays host to the largest consumer bike exposition in North America.

Once again Sea Otter Classic will be donating proceeds from the event to the Semper Fi Fund to support our injured service members and their families.

ADMISSION CHARGES: Festival admission is free to children ages twelve and under, and free to all registered athletes (both competitive racers and Gran Fondo recreational riders). All others must purchase Festival Passes: $12 for a One-Day Pass ($10 pre-purchase on-line), or $35 for a Four-Day Pass ($30 pre-purchase online). Special discounts: Two passes may be purchased for the price of one by members of the military (active duty or retired) and by members of the same family. For these, tickets must be purchased on-site, as photo identification will be required.

For more information or to register for the event please see the Sea Otter Classic website or call 800-218-8411 or 831-373-2331.

EVENT BACKGROUND: "You guys should put on a mountain bike race." That simple statement from a Monterey bike shop owner in 1990 was the genesis for the Laguna Seca Challenge, later renamed the Sea Otter Classic.

Co-founders Frank Yohannan and Lou Rudolph hosted the inaugural Laguna Seca Challenge on April 6 and 7, 1991. The event had a total of 350 athletes and 150 spectators. In 1993, the Laguna Seca Challenge was renamed the Sea Otter Classic. By 2010, the Sea Otter Classic had become a four-day celebration of cycling welcoming over 8,500 athletes and 50,000 fans.

The event is now regarded as the bicycle world’s premiere festival and one of the world’s largest. The little mountain bike race has grown up.

Hero Story: Staff Sergeant Jason Ross

February 1, 2012

Jason Ross is a Marine, a husband, a father, a son and a brother. He takes on each of these roles with pride. As a Marine, Jason is a highly trained explosive ordinance device (EOD) technician. On his third deployment in Afghanistan, an IED blast in March 2011 changed his life forever. This event left Jason clinging to life and his family scrambling to be at his side in Germany. Read the rest of this entry »

The Semper Fi 5K 2012

February 1, 2012

Washington, DC ‐ The Semper Fi 5K Run/Walk will be held on June 30, 2012 at Anacostia Park in Washington DC.

Semper Fi 5K Run - Join the fun!

Please come out for this fun event and show your support for our wounded service members and their families! For full race details please see the Semper Fi 5K website!

All proceeds from the race will be donated to the Semper Fi Fund.

Entries are limited so please sign up early to lock in a low registration fee and ensure your spot in this year’s race!

Register for Semper Fi 5K 2012

White House Blog: Joining Forces for Caregivers

January 31, 2012

By Brad Cooper, Director of Joining Forces | White House Blog | WhiteHouse.gov/blog | January 30, 2012

Earlier today, I had the great privilege of joining First Lady Michelle Obama and many of the nation’s leaders in announcing proposed changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) that recognize the unique circumstances faced by the caregivers of our country’s wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans.

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