Actor, Singer, Philanthropist J.W. Cortes Runs the NYC Marathon: “I’m Honored to Announce my Support of the Semper Fi Fund,” November 5, 2017

Multi-talented Marine Veteran Will Participate in TCS NYC Marathon to Fundraise for Top Rated Veteran Non-Profit

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Who: Best known as Detective Alvarez in Gotham and Lieutenant Powers on The Night Shift, actor, philanthropist and Marine Corps combat Veteran J.W. Cortes announces his support of the Semper Fi Fund as a community athlete and fundraiser at the TCS New York City Marathon.

The Brooklyn-born Cortes spent nearly 13 years as an active-duty Marine. He served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom and attained the rank of Gunnery Sergeant. His citations include the Combat Action Ribbon, Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medals and Marine of the Year. 

WHAT: TCS NYC marathon : J.W. Cortes: actor, singer and philanthropist will participate as a community athlete, fundraiser and supporter of the Semper Fi Fund.   

“It’s always exciting to hear a Marine Veteran with such a high public profile like J.W. speak out in support of Semper Fi Fund’s critical mission,” says Karen Guenther, president, CEO and founder of the Semper Fi Fund. “Awareness of the issues facing our post-9/11 critically ill, wounded and injured service members and their families, and of the work we do to assist them, is the first big step toward making a difference in the lives of these heroes.” 

WHEN: November 5, 2017  

WHERE: TCS New York City Marathon 

WHY: “I am honored to announce my support of the Semper Fi Fund and join my brothers and sisters participating in the TCS New York City Marathon,” Cortes said. “Semper Fidelis means Always Faithful and that sentiment is so much of what makes the Marine Corps such a special & honorable organization — one that I am proud to have served in. Now I join the Semper Fi Fund to further that service, lending my support to those who have and continue to give so much to us.”