Citadel Marines hit $90,000 mark for IMSFF
Marines from The Citadel’s Naval ROTC detachment have raised a staggering $90,000 for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund after taking part in today’s Cooper River Bridge Run. Donations continue to come in.
Active duty Marine instructors, active duty Marines who are Citadel students and cadets who will be commissioned as Marine officers after graduating ran the bridge run to raise awareness of the financial needs of Marines wounded in Iraq. But unlike most runners, the Marines wore field pants and boots and carried 55-lb packs on their backs.
"People will say we're crazy. We say the least we can do is run the bridge run with a 55-pound pack," said Junior Marine Instructor Capt. Matt Kutilek, who has served in Iraq and is currently an instructor at The Citadel. “U.S. Marines take care of each other."
Most of the team finished the race in about an hour. One runner finished in just under an hour.
Kutilek said the fundraising and awareness effort got a $25,000 boost Saturday from PGBA, a subsidiary Blue Cross Blue Shield. Since January, dozens of people and businesses in the Lowcountry have made donations. All of the money will go to IMSFF, which provides financial assistance directly to wounded Marines and their families.
“We are thankful for the Lowcountry’s support of wounded Marines and for its help bringing awareness to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund” Kutilek said.
If you like to donate, please make checks payable to IMSFF and in the MEMO line write “Cooper River Bridge Run.” Checks should be mailed to The Citadel Naval ROTC Unit, C/O Capt. Matthew Kutilek, 171 Moultrie St., Charleston, SC 29409.
For questions, email Kutilek at firstname.lastname@example.org or Staff Sgt. Mike Harris at email@example.com.