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Semper Fi Fund tourney set for April 2

Gen. James Amos, USMC (Ret.)

Gen. James Amos, USMC (Ret.)

Updated with sec­ond photo Sun­day, 1:15 p.m.

Sub­mit­ted by Gail Choate

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – The Boca Royale Sev­enth Annual Sem­per Fi Char­ity Golf Tour­na­ment, to sup­port the Sem­per Fi Fund, which was  estab­lished in 2004 to help injured and crit­i­cally ill mem­bers of the U.S. forces and their fam­i­lies in need, will be held April 2.

Over the past six years, the Boca Royale char­ity fundraiser has raised over $800,000 for this wor­thy cause.  This money pro­vides finan­cial assis­tance to defray the expenses of injured or ill ser­vice mem­bers and their fam­i­lies dur­ing hos­pi­tal­iza­tion, reha­bil­i­ta­tion and recovery.

Accord­ing to an event press release, “Almost 94 per­cent of the funds raised are used to sup­port this mis­sion, with very lit­tle wasted on over­head. Dona­tions are wel­come and needed.”

The Boca Royale event will con­sist of a “Meet Our Wounded Heroes” cock­tail party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Fri­day, April 1, at the Boca Royale Coun­try Club, fea­tur­ing sev­eral ser­vice mem­bers and their fam­i­lies helped by the char­ity. A spe­cial treat will be meet­ing a trained ser­vice dog named Boca,” pro­vided with tour­na­ment funds for Daniel Frey­burger, who is med­ically retired from the Marine Corps.

Meet Boca at the cocktail party. Boca is a service dog specially trained for Daniel Freyburger, who is medically retired from the Marine Corps.

Meet Boca at the cock­tail party. Boca is a ser­vice dog pro­vided for Daniel Frey­burger, who is med­ically retired from the Marine Corps.

The event will con­tinue Sat­ur­day, April 2, with a golf tour­na­ment in the early after­noon. Before play begins, an unusual cer­e­mony will take place. The French Con­sul Gen­eral will award long time club mem­ber Art Nicholas the French Legion of Honor for his naval ser­vice in World War II.

Then the golf will be fol­lowed by cock­tails, a live auc­tion and din­ner at the Boca Royale Coun­try Club. The guest speak­ers for the evening will include Karen Guen­ther, founder and CEO of the Sem­per Fi Fund and Gen­eral James Amos, USMC (Ret.), the 35th Com­man­dant of the Marine Corps. For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Frank Lugo at 941−474−1917.

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