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2021 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 2021– Provided financial support of nationally recognized “Wreaths Across America” for placement of balsam holiday wreaths at graves of twenty (20) Marine Corps veterans at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky.
  • December 2021– Provided membership-initiated donations of bottled water (31 cases) from the “Marine Corps Community” for rescue and relief efforts of tornado ravaged western Kentucky.
  • December 2021- – Cooperative acquisition of grants and individual donations from Kentucky Marines and Friends of the Corps, totaling $89,275 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 $178,550 support of injured and wounded Marines nationwide. With these matched donations and grants, the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky (MCCCK) has now been responsible, either directly or indirectly, for generating $1,807,880 in support of the SFF and its vital mission, since 2008.
  • December 2021 – 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 eleventh consecutive year (2011-2021) in this truly important extension of its motto “Marines Serving Marines.”
  • November 2021 – Provided organizational, logistical and financial support to a Marine Corps Birthday Reception at Louisville, Kentucky, in lieu of the annual Marine Corps Birthday Breakfast held at the Thoroughbred Club of America (Keeneland). Lexington, Kentucky, which was again canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions, during which LtGen Brian D. Beaudreault, USMC (Ret), Former Commanding General, II Marine Expeditionary Force (2019-2021) served as Guest of Honor.
  • November 2021 – Provided direct financial tuition support of six (6) wounded Kentucky Marines, enabling them and their families to participate in a physical and emotional therapeutic Wounded Warrior Deer Hunt in Woodford County, Kentucky, marking the eighth consecutive year that the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky has supported Marine Corps veterans participating in this event.
  • November 2021 – Presentation of an outdoor American flag to the Thoroughbred Club of America (Keeneland), Lexington, Kentucky, in gratitude for its gracious and generous hospitality in allowing the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky to enjoy its beautiful facility for the annual Kentucky Marine Corps Birthday Breakfast, despite the cancellation of same due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
  • October 2021 – Provided memorial remembrance to statewide Marine Corps community, marking the 38th anniversary of the Beirut, Lebanon barracks bombing, during which 241 American peacekeepers perished, including seven (7) from Kentucky.
  • October 2021 – Financial support of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Louisville; Alpha Company, 4th Law Enforcement Battalion, Marine Corps Reserve, Lexington; and Site Support, Inspector Instructor, Fort Knox, Marine Corps Birthday celebrations held in lieu of formal Birthday Balls, prohibited by Headquarters Marine Corps due to COVID-19 pandemic.
  • September 2021 – Facilitated the donation and shipment of very serviceable Navy and Marine Corps uniforms from retired Marine Corps officer and parents of a deceased Navy officer, to the Naval Reserve Officer Corps, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, through liaison efforts of the Marine Corps Officer Selection Officer, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • August 2021 – Provided grant ($1,000) toward satisfaction of outstanding funeral expenses incurred by family of Fern Creek Traditional High School, Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadet, who tragically drowned in Colorado Springs, Colorado, while participating in JROTC national rifle competition.
  • August 2021 – Provided logistical and family support of funeral and committal ceremony of Sgt Joseph L. Head, USMC, Korean War (Chosin Reservoir) veteran, at which MCCCK Chaplain presided both in Louisville, Kentucky and Camp Nelson National Cemetery, Nicholasville, Kentucky.
  • July 2021 – Provided logistical and administrative support to Southern High School Class of 1963 rededication of refurbished memorial on school grounds dedicated to Col William R. “Rich” Higgins, USMC, fellow classmate, who was killed by Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon, to include commitment from keynote speaker, LtCol Darien L. Kearns, USMC (Ret) and coordination of local media coverage.
  • May 2021 – Facilitated donation to the Semper Fi Fund, in memory of the late Col Robert V. “Bob” Evans, Jr, USMCR (Ret), Director Emeritus (2008 – 2018) of the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky and Treasurer of the 2008 “Salute to the Legends of the Corps,” for the benefit of the Semper Fi Fund.
  • April 2021 – Provided both financial and logistical support to the Marine Corps League (MCL), Frankfort, Kentucky for the formal re-dedication of the recently restored Kentucky State Historical Marker at the gravesite of the legendary Lt Presley N. O’Bannon, USMC, located in historic Frankfort, Kentucky, to include direct interaction with the Kentucky State Historical Society.
  • March 2021 – Funding support of Officer Selection Teams (Lexington)(Cincinnati), Marine Corps Recruiting Station Louisville, sponsored Colonel William R. “Rich” Higgins awards, associated with officer candidate recruiting efforts focusing on regional colleges and universities, to include all individual awards, primarily through a subsidizing grant, as well as dedicated award sponsorships.
  • March 2021– Provided indirect funding for a financially disadvantaged commissioning officer candidate for the purchase of a Marine Corps dress uniform, in which to be publically commissioned at Covington, Kentucky, noting that despite holding down two jobs while paying his own way through college, he was unable to acquire a uniform and was to be commissioned in battle dress uniform in office of Officer Selection Officer.
  • March 2021– Funding support of the Montford Point Marine Association, Chapter #22, Louisville, Kentucky, Covington – Hagan Scholarships, awarded annually to local deserving college bound African – American students.
  • January 2021– Presented a Marine Corps flag to a Marine Corps veteran of Korean War (Chosin Reservoir) suffering from Alzheimer Disease, for display on wall of his room at memory care facility,
  • January 2021– Donation ($15,000) to the Town Branch Park (Lexington, Kentucky), project – “Bassett Path of Service,” honoring James E. “Ted” Bassett III, funded by individual MCCCK members, as well as an MCCCK grant, in recognition of his long and faithful service to Marines in Kentucky and nationwide, to include his legendary benevolence to the National Museum of the Marine Corps, as well as his personal involvement in multiple charitable and philanthropic causes in the Lexington, Kentucky area.
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