"Challenges are what make life interesting;
overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." 
-Joshua J. Marine 
MCM Newsletter                                                                                                                       April 2014 
In This Issue
Top Fundraisers

2014 MCM

"Fund"raising Totals



Top Individuals 

Garrick Wright - $3,867

Kevin Davis - $2,521

Deborah Carter - $1,145

Alana McKercher Meyers- $1,125

Colleen Leonard - $1,024 


Top Teams 

Never Say Never - $4,354

Rich & Jordan's MCM -$2,661

Yellow Ribbon Warriors - $1,131

Blood, Sweat, & Beers - $1,110

Two Foot Onions - $1,043


Way to start off strong!


Fundraising numbers 

pulled on 3/31/2014 

Team Semper Fi
Winning gold in Sochi

Fund Facts

The Semper Fi Fund has been awarded the highest ratings from Watch Dog groups: A+ from Charity Watch for the second year, and we are one of only three veteran nonprofits to receive this rating the last two reports; 4 stars from Charity Navigator for five consecutive years. We maintain an extremely low overhead - 6% and we provide rapid assistance with no red tape.
Want to learn more about the 
Semper Fi Fund to help with
your fundraising?  Here are a few helpful links. 
MCM Hotel Info

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

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

Our 2014 Marathon team is off to an amazing start: More than 230 runners registered and more than $40,000 raised!


What you need to know about registration:

---MCM has changed over to a lottery registration process.

---All fundraising must be completed by August 1, 2014 to secure your slot on our team.

---Once you reach the $500 fundraising commitment, we will send you a code to register with the MCM. 

---Codes will be available starting in April.

---If you registered prior to February 21, you have already paid your registration fee.

---If you registered after February 21, you will pay your registration fee directly to the MCM.


If you know anyone who is hesitating about registering, please encourage them to do so ASAP. We expect our slots to fill up very quickly.


Don't forget, too...there is a 10K the same day.  We want to see as many red shirts out on the course as possible!  If you know anyone who has gained entry from transfer, deferment or lottery and wants to join us, send them our registration link.


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 to 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

[email protected]


Runner Spotlight
Meet Dawn Donadio
After running my first marathon in May 2013, I was determined to run the NYC marathon. I knew that I wanted to run 
this race with a charity; a charity that had a connection with our military. After searching the list of available charities I was pleased when I found the Semper Fi Fund. After reading about SFF, I knew I just had to run for them. I quickly contacted them, and couldn't have been more excited when I got accepted.

With my cousin being a member of the Navy Recruiting District Jacksonville currently deployed in Afghanistan with the Regimental Combat Team 5, I wanted to really make him proud.


I quickly started training knowing that NYC is a hard course. As the miles got longer there were plenty of times when I thought to myself  "why are you doing this again?" but I continued to push through.  There were times when the torn tendons in my knee made me wish I was sitting on my couch, but I knew I just couldn't give up. I made the decision to do it, and not crossing the finish line just was not an option. 


While running through the streets of NYC proudly wearing my Semper Fi Fund shirt people kept thanking me for running for the military.  I can't even guess how many times I heard "My son is overseas now! Thanks for the support!"  No words can describe how amazing that feels.


After crossing the finish I just knew I wanted to run the MCM, and I knew I wanted to run with the Semper Fi Fund. I cannot wait to proudly put on my red team shirt and run the streets of DC with the Semper Fi Fund once again.

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.

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, NY
Tunnel 2 Towers 5K Run/WalkSep 28, 2014New York, NY
Marine Corps MarathonOct 26, 2014Washington, DC
NYC MarathonNov 2, 2014New York, NY

The Semper Fi Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and its program America's Fund, are set up to provide immediate financial assistance and lifetime 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 service members, who meet our criteria for assistance, from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Reserves.


Tax ID # 26-0086305        CFC # 11459

Quick Links
Fundraising Sample Letters
SFF Information Sheet
Invite a Friend!
Registration Link
Check Donation Form
Hero Story
Specialist Four Tyler Jeffries, U.S.Army 
Growing up in Zephyr Hills, Florida, Tyler Jeffries seemed to be on a fast track to living every young boy's dream. With the ability to throw an 87-mile-per-hour fastball in high school, Tyler had a promising college baseball career in front of him. A spot on a major league team seemed well within reach. 
Fundraising Tips
You could name this fundraiser whatever you would like and hold it during any month.  
  • Set your goal at 100 people and have each person donate $25 
  • Every day of the month you choose, draw a name from the 100 people involved. Each day the person drawn wins $25
  • The names drawn on Fridays win $50. 

So here's the math: 

100 x 25 = $2500 income. Payout 27 days at $25 = $675 and payout 4 days at $50 = $200 (27 + 4 = 31 days in March). Therefore, the income of $2500 minus the prize money of $875 = profit of an easy $1625. 

Source: NASCAR Foundation  


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

MCHH Hotel Info

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. 
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