Baltimore Sun

Flowers for Marines?

The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, which supports injured servicemen and women and their families, will be the beneficiary again this year of a fundraiser at Homestead Gardens in Davidsonville.

(The fundraiser will occur again next weekend at Homestead's Severna Park store.)


Raffle tickets -- $5 each or 5 for $20 -- will be sold on Saturday and Sunday for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Homestead as well as gift cards to local restaurants. In addition, all participants in the fundraiser will receive a coupon good for 25 percent off one regularly priced item.

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Since 2004, the fund has given $39 million to aid injured service members.

The fund not only provides financial and emotional support for families during the recovery of their injured loved ones, it has built homes, ramps and provided special cars and other equipment.

The Homestead fundraising effort is the brainchild of Gloria Rodriguez, who works at Homestead. She fled Castro's Cuba 40 years ago with her husband and two sons, and expresses her gratutude to this country by volunteering to help injured Marines and by raising money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

She has also put together a cookbook, filled with recipes from Marine families, which sells at Homestead. All proceeds benefit the fund.