News Briefs, Dec. 1, 2014

Semper Fi Fund’s 10 for 10 Challenge

The Semper Fi Fund rounds out its 10th anniversary year with the 10 for 10 Challenge – a matching campaign with the potential to raise $10 million for wounded, critically ill and injured veterans. The challenge, issued by The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, with support from GoDaddy, is one of the largest matching campaigns in the history of veteran non-profits. Today through December 31, 2014, all donations to the Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund will be matched, dollar-for-dollar.
For GoDaddy Founder Bob Parsons, a U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran and a recipient of the Purple Heart Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, giving back to the men and women who support our country has always been a top priority. “Through the ‘10 for 10 Challenge’ we have the opportunity to rally the community, raise awareness and provide much needed and deserved support to our wounded, injured and critically ill service members who have sacrificed so much to protect the freedoms we enjoy,” said Bob Parsons.
“We are deeply grateful to The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation and GoDaddy for their ongoing support of our injured, ill, and wounded service members,” said Karen Guenther, CEO of the Semper Fi Fund. “Their love, passion and dedication to helping our military members and families is a true inspiration to us all.”
To support our wounded, critically ill and injured veterans, visit the 10 for 10 Challenge dedicated donation page www.semperfifund.org/match or www.americasfund.org/match

Operation Troops Aid® credits Harris Jewelry™ as mainstay supporter

On Veterans Day 2014, Mark Woods, 21-year Navy veteran and founder of Operation Troop Aid® credited Harris Jewelry™ as one of the military charity’s mainstay supporters, during a live interview on WSJ Live (Wall Street Journal Live). Harris Jewelry™ has been proud to support OTA’s care package program since 2009.

Harris maintains a long-standing pledge to give back to the military community. They identified OTA as a non-profit organization whose mission and values best matched theirs. It is recognized as a great partnership, committed to letting troops know that Americans at home stand with them and appreciate their bravery. To date, deployed troops in all branches of service have received care packages valued at over $1 million from Operation Troop Aid®.

Harris Jewelry™ launched Operation: Teddy Bear® in 2012. Its purpose — to provide care packages for deployed service members through the sale of uniformed teddy bears. This initiative has raised over $275,000 for OTA’s care packages and other military assistance programs. Uniformed teddy bears, representing all branches of the military, are sold at Harris stores nationwide and online. The profits from every bear sold are donated to OTA.

Operation Troop Aid® is a non-profit whose mission is to provide care packages to U.S. Service Members. Woods, a 21-year Navy veteran, founded OTA 10 years ago.

Harris Jewelry™ was founded by U.S. Marine and WWII Veteran, Jerome L. Harris, almost 60 years ago. Harris Jewelry™ provides special financing for Active Duty, Retired Military and Government Employees. Harris Jewelry operates 22 stores nationwide.

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