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"Fund"raising Totals
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Hero Story
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Downloadable Poster
MCHH Hotel Info
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2014 MCM

"Fund"raising Totals



Top Individuals 

Garrick Wright - $2,126

Colleen Leonard - $781

Caryn Critelli - $501

S. Morrison - $500

Renee Chek - $345



Top Teams 

Never Say Never - $1,754

Two Foot Onions - $543

Freedom Lovers - $350

Blood, Sweat, & Beers - $275

Always Faithful - $100


Way to start off strong!


Fundraising numbers pulled on 2/7/2014 



Quick Links


Our Website

Fundraising Kit

Fundraising Sample Letters

MCM Campaign Page

Downloadable Poster 

SFF History

SFF Information Sheet

Invite a Friend! Registration Link

Check Donation Form

Runner's Spotlight
Meet Abby Wilder

Because of a foot injury, I hadn't been able to run much in a couple of years.  In the fall of 2011, my foot improved and I started running.  At the same time, our oldest son, Will, was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the USMC (August 2011).  Having been very impressed by his physical training and wanting to honor his service, I decided to train for the Marine Corps "Historic Half" marathon in May of 2012.  Because I wanted to support a cause that helped service men and women, I looked into joining a charity "team".  Happily for me, the Semper Fi Fund was near the top of the list, it had room on the team and I joined on.  I thought I was done with training when I completed that race, but NO!  About a month later, our daughter, Mary, told me that she and three friends had signed up to run the MCM.  Without telling anyone for quite a while, I signed up through the SFF team and started training.  I never in a million years had contemplated running a marathon.  But having done the half, and knowing that Mary was running, I thought to myself, "If not now, never".  As the training ramped up, I began to tell people about my goal.  As I ran longer and longer distances, my family and friends responded incredibly generously to my fundraising appeal.  I was going to do this!  The 18 and 20 mile training runs were low points (as they apparently are for many people...don't get discouraged!), but the race itself was amazing. Very emotional.  Very inspiring.  I ran for Will and all of the great young people I've met who are serving.  I ran for our wounded servicemen and women and their families.  And I ran to prove something to myself...I could do this!!  I ran (albeit slowly) the whole way, I didn't stop once and I raised a significant amount of  money for a fantastic organization, The Semper Fi Fund.  Now, I am hoping to run one more...if a badly sprained ankle heals up and cooperates, I hope to slowly start training soon and I really hope to see you at the starting line (AND the finish line!) in October...stay strong...if I could do this, I guarantee, you can too.

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"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe." Anatole France
What a way to ring in 2014!  You have set an amazing goal for this year. You are not only going to train for and run a marathon, but you are also committing to raise money for our wounded service members who have given so much. Thank you! 


For those of you who are returning Welcome Back!  We are truly grateful for your continued support. For the first time MCM/10K/MCHH registrants, you are about to embark on an amazing journey and we will be here to support you along the way. 
Over the next eight months, we will be sending you updates on the progress of our goal and additional team information through newsletters.  These newsletters will be your main source for the latest SFF team information. 
Thank you for your "Support Through Sport" and for believing in our mission.  We look forward to getting to know everyone over the coming months and seeing you in October! If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.
All the best,
Elizabeth O'Connell and the Semper Fi Fund Race Team
Elizabeth O'Connell
Race Coordinator


BJ Ganem talks about the Semper Fi Fund on David Letterman Show

Our own B.J. Ganem appeared on the David Letterman Show to discuss the Semper Fi Fund and his involvement in the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team. 

Read the rest of this entry>> 


Read other hero stories>>

2014 Race Calendar



Team up with the Semper Fi Fund and help support our mission or choose your own race or sport event in your community. 

Army MarathonMar 2, 2014Killeen, TX
Cooper River Bridge RunApr 5, 2014Charleston, SC
5 Boro Bike TourMay 4, 2014New York, NY
Marine Corps Historic HalfMay 18, 2014Fredericksburg, VA
NYC TriathlonAug 3, 2014New York, New York
Tunnel 2 Towers 5K Run/WalkSep 28, 2014New York, NY
Marine Corps MarathonOct 27, 2014Washington, DC
NYC MarathonNov 2, 2014New York, NY

How to raise $500 in one week!
Day 1: Start by sponsoring yourself for $30

Day 2: Ask five family members to contribute $20 each

Day 3: Ask five friends to contribute $20 each

Day 4: Ask five neighbors to sponsor you for $15 each

Day 5: Ask seven co-workers to contribute $10 each

Day 6: Ask three businesses you frequent for $25 each

Day 7: Ask your boss for a company contribution of $50


*Always remember to follow up with a thank you for their donation, no matter what the amount.

Hotels in Central Park:
Hilton Garden Inn Fredericksburg
1060 Hospitality Lane, Fredericksburg 22401

Hampton Inn & Suites 
1080 Hospitality Lane, Fredericksburg 22401

Homewood Suites by Hilton 
1040 Hospitality Lane, Fredericksburg 22401

Near Central Park:
Quality Inn 
2310 Plank Road, Fredericksburg 22401

The Semper Fi Fund does not endorse any of the above listed hotels. 


This year the Semper Fi Fund has again teamed up with the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel located in the heart of Crystal City's dining and business district.   


Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel

2800 South Potomac Ave Arlington, Virginia 22202 USA



Room rate is $189 and the group code is Semper Fi Fund


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The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit set up to provide immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. We direct urgently needed resources to post 9-11 Marines and Sailors, as well as members of the Army, Air Force or Coast Guard who serve in support of Marine 


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