Semper Fi Society of St Louis History

Shortly after the invasion of Iraq in March of 2003 a need was borne to provide assistance to our injured Marines and their families in order to deal with the trauma, separation, and ongoing care these Marines required. Spouses of Marines stationed at Camp Pendleton began holding bake sales to raise funds to support those needs. This led to the foundation of the Semper Fi Fund in 2004, which was later renamed to the Semper Fi & America’s Fund.

In 2005 General James T. Conway, USMC, who spent his formative years in Missouri, reached out to contacts of his in the St Louis area to help raise funds for the Semper Fi Fund and thus the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund was created. This was the predecessor to the Semper Fi Society of St Louis. In the early years the golf tournament was held at Forest Park. As popularity of this event grew and through the generous offering from St Albans Country Club and its members, the tournament was moved to St Albans. In 2015 the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund was retired in favor of the Semper Fi Society of St Louis to broaden the reach and scope of the charitable work our local volunteers do. Since it’s inception in 2005, The Semper Fi Society of St Louis has given more than $5 million in donations and matching grants to the Semper FI & America’s Fund. This has been made possible through the generosity of our local citizens and corporations.