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Semper Fi Fund wants to 'Double Down' on donations

| Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, 11:48 a.m.

A national nonprofit that helps wounded warriors and fully funds a program in Somerset County hopes to raise $10 million by Dec. 31 so a private foundation will kick in another $10 million.

Formed by a group of Marine Corps spouses, the Semper Fi Fund pays all the expenses of the Semper Fi Odyssey camps that are held at Outdoor Odyssey in Boswell. The program finished its 61st six-day camp in October.

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has agreed to match all donations up to $10 million. Bob Parsons is a Marine veteran who served in Vietnam and the founder of GoDaddy and several other businesses.

The foundation has sponsored the Double Down for Veterans campaign with the Semper Fi Fund for six years.

Charity Watch gives the Semper Fi Fund an A+ rating and Charity Navigator gives it four out of four stars for its lower overhead and its accountability and transparency.

Donations to the Double Down for Veterans campaign can be made at

Brian Bowling is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-1218, or via Twitter @TribBrian.

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