San Clemente Military Family Outreach

October 2023 Annual Salute to Military Heroes Week

October 28, 2023 @ 6:00 pm

SCMFO October 2023 Fundraiser

Annual Salute to Military Heroes Week

Just prior to the Marine Corps Birthday and Veteran’s Day, SCMFO kicked off its week of festivities! The Annual Salute to Military Heroes Fundraising Week began with our very extraordinary Virtual Auction where on-line bidding wars ensued between October 22nd and 27th!  Then on October 28th SCMFO hosted its annual “Salute to Military Stars” luncheon event on base at Camp Pendleton at the Pacific Views Event Center.   Members of the community were invited to attend an afternoon where many engaging activities created memories for all!

SCMFO surpassed its fundraising goal for the Salute to Military Heroes Week, with many thanks to those made that happen (see our list at the end of this page).

Annual Salute to Military Heroes Luncheon

 

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For the first time ever San Clemente Military Family Outreach’s Annual Salute to Military Stars event was on Base at Camp Pendleton; the Pomp and Circumstance associated with our proud Military men and women was the center of attention.  Our guests had an opportunity to get their picture in front of a beautiful wall mural of the Raising of the Flag on Iwo Jima.  As guests checked in at the registration desk they proceeded down the hallway they could stop to read the names of the many Sponsors who help support SCMFO (see below).

Celebrating our 21st year was an event to remember as guests gathered on the pavilion to socialize and enjoy delicious appetizers and a beverage as the Marine Corp Band played patriotic tunes.

 

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Guests were ushered indoors for the commencement of the program as the USMC Band played “When the Saints Come Marching In”.  Next was the USMC Color Guards with the  solemn Presentation of Colors by the impeccability dressed young Marines, reminding all of us what our American Flag represents and all those who have fought for our freedom.

Judy Franz , SCMFO President & Auction Chair, welcomed our guests, honored our Military and our Veterans, thanked our Sponsors and gave a rousing champagne toast.

 

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Dave Mauerman, SCMFO Vice President & MC enlightened our guests with the history of SCMFO.  Many had no idea it all started in 2002 as Friends of San Onofre Marines (“FOSOM”) by Marine Lt. Col. William McReynolds and his wife, Sidonia, who had retired to San Clemente and saw a great need to provide emergency assistance to low income families in north Camp Pendleton.  We sadly recognize today that our name has changed but the needs have not.

 

Patriotic flower arrangements adorned the tables on the pavilion as well as the Seaview luncheon room where a delicious lunch of salad, champagne chicken and sides and the all American Apple pie was consumed. SCMFO October 2023 Annual Salute to Military Heroes Fundraising Week

 

SCMFO October 2023 Annual Salute to Military Heroes Fundraising Week Our keynote speaker Colonel David B. Moore, Commanding Officer, MCAS Camp Pendleton, gave a commanding presentation.  He spoke about the importance of recruiting and retaining troops for a rapidly changing technological military and the hardships Military Families experience.  He recognized and thanked SCMFO for all we do to help these enlisted families when they don’t know where to turn.  He also coined a new acronym for SCMFO “SKIM-FO” (typical Military Brass) and we will long remember his words and his new tag line for us.

 

 

There were so many highlights to the program but the most touching and revealing was the testimonials from five Marines who reached out to SCMFO in their time of need.  They each spoke eloquently from the heart to share just how difficult it was to ask for help and how thankful they were that we could help them.  Several commented that being a Marine meant they should always be able to take care of themselves and their family no matter what and admitting they needed help was a sign of failure.  We hope and trust they no longer believe they failed and that they will remember their struggles and will reach out to others who may be experiencing similar issues and refer them to SCMFO.

 

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SCMFO October 2023 Annual Salute to Military Heroes Fundraising Week “I’d like to offer everyone who attended the event, sponsored, donated or was part of the planning team a HUGE THANK YOU to each of you for making this one of the most impactful, emotional and rewarding programs I've ever had the pleasure to be involved in….”   Becky Mauger - 2023 Salute Event Chairperson

 

For more pictures from the Salute to Military Stars, please check out the Google Photo Album.

 

Sonance Foundation Christ Lutheran Church Logo LP Website Design

St. Clements by the SeaSC Exchange Club and St. Andrew's by the Sea The Heritage of San Clemente Park and the America Legion Auxillary Newport Harbor

 

Sponsors, Donors and Event Participants - We are so very grateful for their support and on-going commitment - listed here in alphabetical order:

 

Al Viscuse & Kenneth Gilliland

Alberto Casellas

American Legion Auxiliary 291

Amy Miska

Anaheim Ducks

Art by Daryle Lynn

Barbara Zakaryan

Beatrice Foster

Becky Mauger

Bev & Bob Sandelman

Bill & Kathy Meairs

Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast Area

Brian & Beth Friestman

Bridget Callanan

Bru Surf

Camino Real Playhouse

Catherine Arreguin

Cathy Giardina

Charlene Bailey Crowe & Robert Hagstrom

Chris & Keith McCann

Christ Lutheran Church

Christopher Schroeder

City of San Clemente/Muni Golf Course

Clark & Carla Lashmett

Cong. Mike Levin

Constance Stratton

Daisy & Jeffrey Howell

Daisy Nueva

Dave Cook’s PGA Pro Shop

Dave & Kelley Mauerman

Delita Kobold

Dellamarie Bonomo

Dennis & Danine Pysz

Dianne & Grant West

Dixie Bullock

Dolores J. Padgett, COL USA NC Ret.

Exchange Club of San Clemente

Gary Barnak

Geometry, LLC

George Bauer

Gina Rambeau

Inge & Thomas Harris

James & Alice Wilson

James Fournier

Janet & Don Prideaux

Janet Moore

Janet Sperber

Janice Frydrychowski

Jerri & Tommy Gustafsson

Jim & Kathy Ferguson

Joanne Fairweather

John & Sara Harms

Judie Thompson

Judy & James Ferguson

Judy & Norman Franz

Judy Tatman

Julianne Murphy

Julie & Michael Doyle

Karen & Barrie Larvin

Karen & Mark Rottmann

Karen Hamilton

Karen Ronchetti

Kathy Bray

Kathy Pephens

Katie Lichtig

Ken & Daryle Lynn Cornelison

Ken Cornelison

Kirk Goodfellow

Kitty Carretti & John

L’Hirondelle Restaurant

Larry & Patricia Sawyer

Larry Rannals, Lt. Col USMC (Retired)

Laura Casellas

Laura Pephens

Lauraine Bilfulco

Linda Howard

Linda Pauer

Lisa Goodlad & Jeffery Heileson

Lois Faist

LP Website Design

Marian Fournier

Mark & Karen Williams

Mark Thiffault

MaryBeth Schade

Melanie Lavering

Michael Heath

Michael Potter

Michael Voorhees

Miracle Springs Resort & Spa

MURF Electric Bikes

Nancy & Pat Brashear

Nancy Pohlot

Nicolet Araujo

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Ofelia Bermudez

Ortega Equestrian Center/Otra Mas

Pat & Louise Gilliam

Patricia Fish

Pauline & Patrick Gallagher

Penny Martin

Plant Depot

Randi Peshkin

Rascal’s Ladies Boutique

Roger Morrison

Sally Silva

Salon Connection, Julie Stockwin-Krueger

Samantha Hanner

San Clemente Historical Society

San Juan Hills Golf Club

Sandra Holmes

Sharon & Keith Sims

Sol Agave Restaurant

Sonance Foundation

St. Andrew's By-the-Sea Foundation

St. Clement's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church

Steve & Diane Sonnenberg

Steve Awbrey

Surfside Quilters Guild

Tanya & Shane Newman

Tatia & William Wallett

The Heritage of San Clemente Foundation & San Clemente Proud

The Teahouse on Los Rios

Tina & Russ Inglish

Trader Joe’s, San Clemente

Traude Valachi

VFW Auxiliary 9934, Dana Point

Wayne Eggleston

Wreaths Across America

 

 

 

 

 

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