LCPL JONATHAN W. COLLINS MEMORIAL FUND

To Honor His Service and Ultimate Sacrifice

1st Marine Division, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, Fox Company 2nd Platoon

 

KIA August 8, 2004 ~ Operation Iraqi Freedom

 

LCPL Jonathan W. Collins Memorial Fund


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EVENTS


8th Annual Golf Outing

May 10, 2013

Gleneagles Country Club

Lemont, IL

 

A Message from the HeartSM

January 19 & 26, 2011

Camp Pendleton, CA

 

 

 

PROGRAMS


A Message from the HeartSM

Scholarships

St. Gerald's Parish LCPL Jonathan Collins Activity Center

 

PHOTOS & VIDEOS


A Message from the HeartSM Family Days October 2011

 

2011 Memorial Golf Outing

 

A Message from the HeartSM Family Days March 2011

 

ABC News San Diego~Video

 

A Message from the HeartSM Family Days Nov. 2010

 

NBC 5 News Chicago~Video

 

A Message from the HeartSM Family Days Sept. 2010

Jon's Life ~ Video

A Message from the HeartSM Recording Event 8/09/10

2010 Memorial Golf Outing

2010 Cubs Game

2009 Soccer Field Dedication

2008 Memorial Golf Outing

 

 


 

 

Recent Events

 

7th Annual LCPL Jonathan Collins Memorial Fund Golf Outing May 2012

On Friday, May 11th, 2012, the LCPL Jonathan Collins Memorial Fund's 7th Annual Golf Outing teed off under beautiful weather. Once again we had a full outing and closed registration at 214 people. The day was even more memorable as we were honored to have the traveling Purple Heart Memorial Wall on hand to commemorate all the Fallen Soldiers from Illinois. We had honored guests of 30 active Marines and Navy Corpsmen on hand, thanks to our many generous Marine sponsors. The night culminated with the raffle of a 42" flat screen TV. It was another incredibly successful event and we are so thankful for all of our sponsors, volunteers and participants!  View Photos.

 

A Message from the HeartSM Family Days  August 2012

In August 2012, we hosted our A Message From The Heart family days for 9th Communication Division which was deployed to Afghanistan.  You can view our photo album here...  Over 125 children received comfort bears from their deployed parents between this event and the event held in January.

 

A Message from the HeartSM Family Days  May 2012

In May, we hosted our A Message from the Heart for the CLB5 in California and 150 children received comfort bears from their deployed parents in Afghanistan.  View the photos and see the joy on the children's faces.

 

A Message from the HeartSM Family Days  January 2012

In January 2012, we hosted our A Message From The Heart family days for 9th Communication Division which was deployed to Afghanistan.  You can view our photo album here... 

 

A Message from the HeartSM Family Days  October, 2011

October 2011 was our event held for A Message From The Heart with the unit Jonathan had deployed with to Iraq. It was an honor to be able to provide the bears with a message to these children in memory of Jonathan, we know he would have been proud. We had 124 children and as you can see by the pictures, it was another successful event!

 

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6th. Annual Golf Outing at Gleneagles Country Club  May 13, 2011

 

The LCPL Jonathan Collins Memorial Fund held our 6th Annual Golf Outing Friday, May 13th. Weather was fantastic and we had a record number of golfers that participated. We were happy to welcome 20 Marines that were able to enjoy a wonderful day of golf, thanks to our many Marine Sponsors. At the outing we recognized Victor & Stephanie Betancourt and the Foglia Foundation who each donated $10,000 to the fund. Their generosity was greatly appreciated. We are looking forward to our next outing May, 2012 and hope to see many new faces.

 

 

 

 

 

   

     

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A Message from the HeartSM Family Days  March 7 - 12, 2011

Thanks to the wonderful work of the Family Readiness Officer for the 1st Marine Regiment, our most recent event was a huge success. We were able to provide a message and bear to over 350 children. From infants to young adults, the children were absolutely thrilled to hear the message from their parents. We were lucky to have wonderful volunteers and great support at each store.

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A Message from the HeartSM Family Days  November 12 - 13 and 19 - 20, 2010

 

In November 2010, we were thrilled to join the families of the 2nd Battalion 1st Marines at the Build-A-Bear Workshops in Mission Viejo and Escondido, CA.  With great thanks to our supporters, it was our honor to provide hundreds of A Message from the HeartSM Comfort Bears to the children.  Once again, there were countless smiles, lots of fun, and of course, many tears.

 

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A Message from the HeartSM Family Days  September 28, 2010 - October 2, 2010

 

“Thank you soooo soooo much!! My son named his bear "dada" and does not let it out of his sight!! He laid it down next to him at bedtime and made him hold his picture of daddy :)”  Stephanie M.

 

On Tuesday, September 28th, the first family event for A Message from the HeartSM was held at the Build A Bear store in Mission Viejo, CA.  We had over 125 children that came, unaware that their parent had left a special message for them before they deployed. They were excited to find out we were providing a bear for them, but when they heard their message, the response was overwhelming. It brought tears to the eyes of everyone involved, volunteers, parents, and store personnel.  One young boy listened to the voice chip and proclaimed, “That’s my Dad!!!”

 

“Thank you so much for the Build-a-bears today!!! Riley loves her bear and she wouldn't let it go when we got home. That was an unbelievably awesome thing you guys did for the children! And we won't forget it! ♥ ♥”  Vanessa S.

 

As the event progressed, these children were able to interact and see that they were not alone. They learned there are other children whose parents are gone, gone to “work” for a year as one boy told us. They sweetly shared their parent’s message with each other, all smiling ear to ear while they listened.  They all left the store holding tight to their new bears and the beautiful message inside.

 

“Thank you so much it was amazing and all of my kids are sleeping with them in their arms and a smile on their face.”  Kelly M.

 

The families were so grateful and thrilled with the A Message from the HeartSM Program and we, as a Fund, were so excited to be able to share this day.

 

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A Message from the HeartSM Recording Event  August 9, 2010

 

On Monday, August 9th, 2010 four board members from the Memorial Fund flew out to Camp Pendleton, CA to record voice messages from members of the 1st Marine Regiment and 1st Intel Battalion.  These Marines will spend 1 year in Afghanistan. For many of them and their families, this is one of many deployments. The Marines know how hard it is for their families when they are separated under these circumstances. They were very grateful to be able to provide this message to their children and to know their children will have this bear to comfort them in their absence.

 

As one Marine stated, “I like that my children can listen to my voice on their time, not when I am able to get to a phone or computer, but anytime they feel the need to hear my voice”

 

     

 

 

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5th. Annual Golf Outing at Gleneagles Country Club  May 7, 2010

 

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CUBS vs. HOUSTON   APRIL 18, 2010

 

The Cubs organization generously donated 15 tickets for some lucky Marines to come to the Cub's vs Houston game on Sunday, April 18th. The Cubby Bear kindly reserved a couple of tables for our Marines and even gave us a discount...Thanks Cubbie Bear!!! Marines truly enjoyed their time, even though temperatures dipped into the low 40's. We bought some blankets and sweatshirts, since we were all ill prepared for that biting wind, but the Cubs kept us entertained. Unfortunately they lost in the 10th, but nothing beats a game at Wrigley Field. Thank you to the Cubs organization for the wonderful donation. Thank you too, for all the sacrifices that our United State's Marines have given to their country.

 

   

 

"Just wanted to say thank you for the incredible time yesterday. Even though we could not Fly the W flag it still was amazing to look around all the history of Wrigley." Gunny Ski - GySgt. Michael J.Michalski

 

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CRYSTAL LAKE SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER FIELD DEDICATION   September 9, 2009

 

On September 9th, 2009, a beautiful fall day, Crystal Lake South High School dedicated a newly donated soccer field in honor of 2003 graduate, LCPL Jonathan Collins. The LCPL Jonathan Collins Memorial Fund donated $100,000 to provide a field for the soccer team Jonathan so loved. He played all 4 years and started as goalie his senior year.

 

The ceremony began with a presentation of the American flag and the playing of our national anthem by a member of the CLS High School Marching Band. The Memorial Fund provided both the home and opposing teams with a Challenge Coin made specially for this occasion. Challenge Coins have a long military history and important significance in marking any special event. The soccer team completed the day with a win over the opposing Belvedere team.

 

     

 

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THE 3rd ANNUAL MEMORIAL GOLF OUTING   May 9, 2008

 

Memorial Golf Outing was held on May 9, 3rd Annual LCPL Jonathan W. Collins Lemont, IL was the perfect setting for the 188 golfers who enjoyed the delightful 2008. The Glen Eagles Golf Course in spring weather. A complimentary continental breakfast was followed by the shotgun start. The Lunch and beverages were offered on the course. A delicious sit down dinner was enjoyed by all back at the Club House Restaurant. Then the many valuable prizes were awarded and the event enabled the Fund to raise $30,000 for its beneficiaries.

 

 

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ABOUT THE FUND


The LCPL Jonathan W. Collins Foundation is a 501 (C)

Non-Profit Organization.

 

Donate Online or mail to:

PO Box 1331

Crystal Lake, IL  60039-1331

 

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We appreciate all those who have helped in the past and always welcome new friends.  If you would like to help the Foundation or volunteer for an upcoming event, please let us know your interests.

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NEWS & LINKS


NBC 5 News Chicago

 

ABC News San Diego

 

Mother Honors Fallen Son by Helping Other Marines' Children

 

Fallen Heros Memorial


New soccer field dedicated
to fallen Marine

 

 

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