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2018 Beneficiaries

Following is a summary of some events, projects, causes, and initiatives that the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky (MCCCK) and/or its individual members have administratively, logistically, and financially supported during the year so indicated:

    • December 2018 – Support of Toys for Tots (Lexington/Fayette/Franklin Counties) through individual personal toy donations by past and present MCCCK officers and directors, as well as sustaining members and spouses, during an enlarged Christmas related social event at Claudia Sanders Dinner House, Shelbyville, Kentucky.
    • December 2018 – Houston Mills, Jr, President, MCCCK, continues to serve on a national level with the Toys for Tots Foundation, Board of Directors, as a member of the Audit, Finance and Compensation Committee.
    • December 2018 – Cooperative acquisition of grants and individual donations from Kentucky Marines and Friends of the Corps, totaling $99,150 for the benefit of the Semper Fi Fund (SFF), all of which was matched dollar-for-dollar by the Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation, thereby resulting in $198,300 support of injured and wounded Marines nationwide. With these matched grants, the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky (MCCCK) has now been responsible, either directly or indirectly, for generating $1,295,732 in support of the SFF and its vital mission, since 2008.
    • December 2018 – Continued funding of a college or university “Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky Scholarship,” to be awarded annually to a worthy son or daughter of a Kentucky Marine, under the auspices of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (MCSF), which has been “honoring Marines by educating their children” since its inception in 1962. The Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky is proud to partner with the MCSF for the ninth consecutive year (2011-2019) in this truly important extension of its motto “Marines Serving Marines.”
    • November 2018 – Provided direct financial tuition support of four (4) wounded Kentucky Marines, enabling them and their families to participate in a physical and emotional therapeutic Wounded Warrior Deer Hunt in Woodford County, Kentucky.
    • November 2018 – Funding support and cooperative partial sponsorship of annual Kentucky Marine Corps Birthday Breakfast at Lexington, Kentucky, attended by 120 active duty, reserve and veteran Marines from throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky, who honored the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, through keynote address by Maj Matthew J. Smith, USMC, Former Commanding Officer, Silent Drill Platoon, who was recognized as Guest of Honor.
    • November 2018 – Funding support of Marine Corps Birthday celebrations hosted by the Marine Corps Recruiting Station Louisville (Louisville), Military Police “Alpha” Company (Lexington), and “Echo” Company, 4th Tank Battalion (Fort Knox).
    • November 2018 – Facilitated the acquisition of organizational and individual donations from the statewide Marine Corps community, in support of the Sgt Reckless Memorial Fund, for casting and placement of a larger-than-life bronze statue of Sgt Reckless, a Mongolian mare who served alongside Marines during the Korean War, at the International Museum of the Horse within the Kentucky Horse Park at Lexington, Kentucky, to include grants from the MCCCK to complete funding of landscape.
    • October 2018 – Facilitated the planning and execution of a memorial service at the Patriots Peace Memorial, Louisville, Kentucky, commemorating the 35th anniversary of the terrorist bombing of the Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, in which 241 Americans perished, to include 7 Kentuckians. Liaison with local media brought this tragic event to the attention of the Louisville metropolitan area.
    • October 2018 – Provided financial support to a Marine Corps League (Frankfort, Kentucky) initiative to assist a Scott County, Kentucky deputy sheriff and Marine Corps veteran, who was shot and paralyzed in during an exchange of gunfire with a fugitive felon, while assisting federal law enforcement agents. Although outside the scope of its mission, the Semper Fi Fund was alerted to this tragedy and agreed to investigate the needs of the paralyzed veteran for possible material assistance.
    • June 2018 – Provided financial support of the Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers Training Program at Fern Creek High School, Fern Creek, Kentucky, to assist with travel expenses associated with an out of state national markmenship competition.
    • May 2018 – Funding support of Louisville Armed Forces Committee (LAFC) annual Armed Forces Day Dinner at Louisville, Kentucky, during which local military personnel of all our armed forces are recognized and honored for individual achievements associated with their respective services. Complimentary dinners are provided to representatives of the Marine Corps League, Kentuckiana Detachment, Montford Point Marine Association, Louisville Chapter, and Women Marines Association (Louisville Chapter), as well as sponsoring of a Patriot Award honoring a Louisville area “Marine of the Year.”
    • May 2018 – Presented the 2017 Martin G. Hanse, Sr. Humanitarian Award to David A. Jones and Betty A. Jones in recognition of their selfless dedication to human welfare through charity and compassion, at a private ceremony, inasmuch as neither was able to attend the 2017 Kentucky Marine Corps Birthday breakfast at which presentations of this and other MCCCK awards are generally made.
    • May 2018 – Logistical and administrative support of formal dedication ceremony of Sgt Reckless statue at the Kentucky Horse Park, to include program planning, Marine Corps color guard, invitations, liaison with Kentucky Horse Park, local print and television media in Lexington – Louisville area, and photo article for publication on “Leatherneck” magazine, with large national circulation both in print and digital formats.
    • May 2018 – Funding support of academic scholarship established by Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (MCJROTC), Seneca High School, Louisville, Kentucky, in memory of LCpl Robert A. Lynch, USMC, Seneca High School, MCJROTC alumnus killed in action on July 24, 2007 in Iraq, marking the tenth annual presentation of same since May 15, 2008.
    • April 2018 – Funding support of Officer Selection Teams (Lexington)(Cincinnati), MCRSL, sponsored and hosted Colonel “Rich” Higgins Memorial Mess Night, major officer candidate recruiting effort focusing on regional colleges and universities, to include food, beverages, and awards, primarily through individual member participation and generosity of those unable to attend, subsidizing grant, as well as dedicated award sponsorships.
    • March 2018 – Funding support of the Montford Point Marine Association, Chapter #22, Louisville, Kentucky, Covington – Hagan Scholarships, awarded annually to deserving college bound African – American students.

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