"Thank you ALL for joining our mission and quest of 'Serving Those Who Preserve our Freedom' over these last 10 incredible years...we still have a lot of work to do, our deepest thanks for remaining by our side to keep this critical mission moving forward- Happy Anniversary to Team Semper Fi and our amazing Community Athletes!" 

Karen Guenther, Founder & CEO of the Semper Fi Fund
MCM Newsletter                                                                                                                    May 2014 
In This Issue
Top Fundraisers

2014 MCM

"Fund"raising Totals



Top Individuals 

Garrick Wright - $5,292

Kevin Davis - $2,575

Kenny Lehman - $2,412

Heather Vahovich - $1,681

Carla Smith - $1,655 


Top Teams 

Rich and Jordan's - $7,214

Never Say Never - $5,968

Yankee Runners - $4,565

Yellow Ribbon Warriors - $2,320 

Blood, Sweat, & Beers - $2.220

Way to go!


Fundraising numbers pulled on 5/20/2014 

Runner Spotlight
Meet Garrick Wright 

I am a former enlisted Marine and the son of a retired Marine Officer. Military appreciation and traditions run deep in my family.  Setting goals, working hard, and completing the mission are the foundation and basis for any Marine.  I have always had the goal to run the Marine Corps Marathon.  I started training for the MCM in 2012, but after a foot injury I deferred to 2013. I healed my foot and started training again, with my goal set to run the MCM 2013.  After plenty of training, I successfully ran the MCM last year.  I was emotionally touched every step of the race. Everywhere I looked, I was encouraged by the will and determination of the injured men and women participating in the marathon.  Within hours of finishing the race, I was already planning MCM 2014.  I learned about the Semper Fi Fund charity during my experience at MCM 2013 and decided that I would run for and directly support a charity that helps the injured men and women of our military.  It is with great pride that I am able to associate myself with such an outstanding and worthwhile cause.  I do not run for any one person, but for everyone who has ever felt the need to say "Thank You" to the members of our beloved United States Military.  It is for all those, past and present, who serve in roles of defenders and protectors of our beautiful United States of America that I unconditionally respect and have dedicated my MCM 2014 experience to...in short, I say "Thank You and Semper Fi!"      

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


Our MCM fundraising is now over $130,000! This is an amazing start. Let's keep the momentum going and make this 10th Anniversary year our best ever!!


The needs of our wounded continue to grow. Many service members will need long-term assistance as they adjust to lives that are forever changed due to the extent of their injuries. We rely on the generosity of our donors to support our wounded heroes and their families during some of their most difficult days. Every donation, both large and small, from corporate gifts to individual contributions, DOES make a difference!


All the best,


Elizabeth O'Connell & the 

Semper Fi Fund 

Race Team


Elizabeth O'Connell

Race Coordinator



10th Anniversary Newsletter


10 Fund Facts

10 Fund Facts about the 

Semper Fi Fund 

  1. 2004 was the first year SFF participated in the MCM with a team of 4 runners raising $15,000!  In 2013, the team consisted of over 1000 runners raising over $750,000!
  2. In 2005 the Semper Fi Fund became an official charity partner with the MCM
  3. Raised our first $10 million in donations in 2007
  4. The average community athlete raises approximately $760...Let's bring this average to $1,000!
  5. SFF supplies over $1 million in support every month
  6. The MCM mascot, Semper Fido was first introduced at the MCM pasta dinner in 2012
  7. We've administered over 71,500 grants to service members and families
  8. Top MCM fundraising team of all time was Team Excel - $71,000. WOW!
  9. Top MCM individual fundraiser of all time - Mark Neilan - $20,516
  10. We've helped over 11,500 wounded heroes
MCHH Recap
A huge thank you to all of our Community Athletes, Team Semper Fi and our volunteers for participating in the Marine Corps Historic Half this past weekend.  It was great seeing everyone at the expo and race tent!  

Click photo for more pictures

Registration Info

What you need to know about registration:

---Registration codes will be sent to those who have reached their fundraising commitment on theirindividual fundraising page starting on Monday, May 12th.   

---Registration codes will be sent to the email address you have on your Active account.

---If you are on a team, please try to reach your fundraising commitment on your individual page rather than your team page.  This will help us streamline the reporting process. 

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

---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.

The Semper Fi Fund has been awarded the highest ratings from Watchdog groups: 4 stars from Charity Navigator and one of only three veteran nonprofits to receive an A+ from CharityWatch. We maintain an extremely low overhead - 6% and we provide rapid assistance with no red tape.
Charity Watch   
Want to learn more about the Semper Fi Fund to help with your fundraising?  Below are some useful links.  



Quick Links
Fundraising Sample Letters
SFF Information Sheet
Invite a Friend!
Registration Link
Check Donation Form
Fundraising Tips
Matching Donations

MCM runner, Dawn Donadio, was able to increase her fundraising by $250
dollars and you can too! 


Double or Triple your contributions! Many companies offer matching gift programs to their employees that can increase the power of your donation. Contact your personnel office to see if your business or organization participates in matching gift programs. Our Federal Tax Id # is 26-0086305. 


To find out if your company is already in our database, please contact Susie Guthrie.   

Hero Story
Lance Corporal  
Robert "Drew" Mendez

The first time Drew saw an example of the brotherhood of the Marine Corps, he was about 8 or 9 years old in his home town of Kingsville, Texas, just south of Corpus Christi.


"I was raised by my grandparents," Drew recalls, "and they owned a bar. I used to go over there a lot in the summers, count the quarters from the pool table, help clean up, that sort of thing. My grandpa served in Korea, he was a member of the 1st Marine Division, and he used to wear a 1st Marine Division hat.
Registration Still OPEN!

We want to see as many red shirts out on the course as possible!  If you know anyone who is looking for entry, has gained entry from transfer, deferment or lottery and wants to join us, send them our registration link.


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

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