"Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and

commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence -

that will enable you to attain the success you seek." - Mario Andretti 


MCM Newsletter                                                                                                                    July 2014 
In This Issue
Top Fundraisers

2014 MCM

"Fund"raising Totals



Top Individuals 

Jeanne Dolan - $9,371

Garrick Wright - $6,038

Richard Headley - $4,200

Kenny Lehman - $2,762

Kevin Davis - $2,575


Top Teams 

Yankee Runners - $29,438

Rich and Jordan - $11,976

Never Say Never - $7,376

Yellow Ribbon Warriors- $4,741

Blood, Sweat, and Beers - $4,584


Keep it coming!


Fundraising numbers pulled on 7/26/2014 

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Recruit a Friend!

Our MCM registration

is still open!  


 Tell your friends!  There are still some slots available.  Register here
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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.   


Rooms are also available at the Crystal Gateway where we will be hosting our pasta dinner the night before the marathon.


Renaissance Arlington Capital View

2800 South Potomac Ave Arlington, VA 22202 



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



1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA 22202

SFF Room Block for dates
10/25/14- 10/26/14
Book by 10/04/14


Room rate is $199 per night.


Semper Fi Fund Room Block >>

No Federal or Marine Corps endorsements of advertisers or sponsors is implied.
If you don't ask, the answer is always NO.
With summer in full swing and our August deadline quickly approaching, it is now more important than ever to focus on our fundraising. 

You all are doing an amazing job fundraising, but we've still got a long way to go to make this the best year yet! Please talk to your friends, family and people in your community to support you and all of the heroes who have given so much.


Important MCM info:

  • Fundraising deadline extended to August 15th
  • Codes to register are being emailed weekly as you reach your goal.
  • If you have reached your goal on your individual page and have not received a code, please contact me asap.
  • We need you more than ever! 
  • Save the date - Pasta Dinner October 25, 2014.

The race team and I are here to help you not only reach your goal, but to exceed it. If you need any info or support from us, please do not hesitate to ask.  


All the best,


Elizabeth O'Connell and the Semper Fi Fund 

Race Team


Elizabeth O'Connell

Race Manager

[email protected] 


Pasta Dinner
Our pasta dinner will be held at the Marriott Gateway, Crystal City on October 25, 2014
Runner Spotlight
Meet GiGi Windsor 

My name is GiGi Windsor and my son is Sgt. Kenny Lyon, USMC Ret. I am running this year's Marine Corps Marathon in honor of him. He was severely injured on May 1, 2006 and spent 4 years recovering. I saw him persevere every day in everything he had to relearn to do. I saw agony on his face as he struggled to walk. I watched him experience complete defeat on a daily basis. But he always got up the next day and say "Come on Mom, let's go do this. Today is going to be the day!" I never heard him complain or whine about what his new limitations were due to his massive injuries. He just kept fighting to do new things every day. He took two steps forward and 5 steps backward, but never gave up.


I am encouraged by Kenny every day in my training. When the going gets tough and I want to quit, I think of Kenny's face the first time he put on a prosthetic. That gives me a new perspective and keeps me running.


Today he is in college and lives in a handicapped accessible house. He has a positive attitude and refuses to be defined by his injuries.


The Semper Fi Fund made it possible for me to be with Kenny full time for 9 months. They supported me so that my only worry was my son. I would have lost everything to be with Kenny. They made it possible for me to forget about finances and focus on encouraging and helping my son.


I am raising money for The Semper Fi Fund so other families can focus on their loved ones as they fight to persevere and relearn what most of us take for granted such as eating, walking, driving and running.

 Semper Fi Fund, 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, directing urgently needed resources to post 9/11 service members of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Reserves. Semper Fi Fund has been working with wounded service members since 2004, offering assistance to lessen the burden for those who need it most.  


Tax ID # 26-0086305        CFC # 11459

Quick Links
Fundraising Sample Letters
SFF Information Sheet
Invite a Friend!
Registration Link
Check Donation Form
Semper Fido's
 Fundraising Incentives
What do you receive for your hard work fundraising?
$100Dry-Fit Shirt and Goody Bag
$500Headband or Sport Towel
$1,000Camelbak Water Bottle or Nike Hat
$2,500Pocket Jacket or Long Sleeve Shirt
$5,000Gym Bag
$10,000Nike Jacket
**All items are based on fundraising on your individual fundraising page.
Fundraising Tips

Top 5 ways to raise money quickly and easily


1. Penny Drive - most people are happy to donate a little extra change in their pockets.


2. Car Wash -great way to cool off in this hot weather!  


3. Yard Sale - ask friends and family to donate some items to help your sale.


4. Beverage Stand - get your kids involved! Look for a good, high traffic spot.


5. Donation Jars -

print out To Benefit The Semper Fi Fund logo and put it on a jar.  Ask a local business if they will allow you to place it in their store.  



2Toms is once again supporting the Semper Fi Fund with product for our goody bags.  They are also offering our runners a 25% discount on their product.  

Click here for more info>>

Fund Facts

The Semper Fi Fund has been awarded the highest ratings from Watch Dog groups: A+ from CharityWatch 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.
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