Patriots of the Lowcountry golf outing on Sept. 16 at Dunes West to benefit Semper Fi Fund

  • Thursday, September 12, 2013

On Monday, Sept. 16 the Patriots of the Lowcountry will be hosting their annual golf tournament and fundraiser to benefit veterans at the Dunes West golf course. Several injured service members will be in attendance and all of the net funds raised by the event will be donated to the Semper Fi Fund and the Wounded Warrior Project.

The tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. and will be followed by an awards ceremony after the tournament has ended. Player spots are currently sold out, but sponsorships are still available.

Who: Injured service members, event organizers and players

What: Media availability to the patriots of the Lowcountry Golf Tournament

When: Monday, Sept. 16. Call Madeline Schildwachter to coordinate.

Why: To support the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and its mission

Where: Dunes West Golf Course, 3535 Wando Plantation Way, Mount Pleasant

Web: Semper Fi Fund: www.semperfifund.org; Patriots of the Lowcountry: www.patriotsofthelowcountry.org

ABOUT THE SEMPER FI FUND (SFF): 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. The Semper Fi Fund has given more than 62,400 grants totaling more than $80 million to our service members and their families.

WHO THEY ARE: The Semper Fi Fund was created by a group of Marine Corps spouses nine years ago, and those same women run the Fund today alongside other spouses from all services branches, retired service members, all of whom intimately know the needs of our military families. We have been by our injured and ill service member’s side from day one, helping them as they navigate lengthy recoveries and rejoin their communities.

HOW THEY HELP: Financial support for our injured/ill service members and their families through the following programs: Family Support, Adaptive Housing, Adaptive Transportation, Specialized Equipment, Education and Career Transitioning, Rehabilitative Sports programs, and more.

WHO THEY HELP: Post 9/11 service members with amputations, spinal cord injuries, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), burns, blindness, other physical injuries or those suffering from life-threatening illnesses. We also help immediate family members of our active duty, spouse or child, who face life threatening illness or injury.

HOW THEY ARE UNIQUE: 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 two veteran nonprofits to receive this rating the last two reports; four stars from Charity Navigator for five consecutive years. We maintain an extremely low overhead - 6 percent, rapid assistance with no red tape.

HOW THEY RAISE FUNDING: The Semper Fi Fund relies completely on donations from generous individuals, corporations, foundations, and community groups. We do not receive government funding or use direct mail campaigns in an effort to keep our overhead low. Our communities across the country host fundraising and awareness events for our mission, both big and small: golf tournaments, motorcycle poker runs, 5/10K races, dinners and contests - whatever their passion may be. We are members of the Combined Federal Campaign, through which federal, civilian, postal and military donors can support us. We encourage all citizens across America to join us in our quest to support our military members who have sacrificed so much in the service to our country.

THEIR PHILOSOPHY: The basic ideal that drives our efforts is simple: for as much as our heroes have sacrificed, they deserve the best care and support available in their hour of need. We are committed to being there at the time of injury or illness and for a lifetime if needed.

Since establishing the Semper Fi Fund in 2004, we’ve issued more than 62,400 grants, totaling more than $80 million in assistance to over 10,400 of our heroes and their families. We have been by their side from day one and our service members and their families will continue to need our help as they navigate lengthy recoveries and rejoin their communities.

LOOKING FORWARD: The Semper Fi Fund has been successful over the years thanks to our loyal supporters, both individuals and corporations. Yet our challenges continue to intensify due to the level of severity of injury, illness, and post-traumatic stress unique to the length of war on terrorism. These critical injuries are brought home and often call for a lifetime of assistance.

Tax-deductible contributions from people like you make up our lifeblood; whether donations are large or small, a one-time gift or ongoing endowment, every individual or corporation has the power to make a real difference, here and now, no matter where they are in the world.

The Semper Fi Fund is forever grateful to each of our supporters who share in our ongoing mission. Please help us help those who have given so much in the name of freedom.

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