Skylla Engineering’s Humble headquarters recently made a $100,000 donation to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, after a year-long campaign. The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, which is located in Camp Pendleton, CA, received the monumental contribution from Skylla Engineering in a “check presentation ceremony” on Aug. 9. According to Gabe Beltran, president and CEO of Skylla Engineering, this has been a year-long effort on behalf of all their divisions, including offices in Texas, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Carolina and Virginia. "This was a team effort commensurate with the selflessness and dedication of the quality of people on the Skylla team,” said Beltran. “The importance of what we've done to help this quality organization cannot be overstated and it brought me great pride and satisfaction contributing to the efforts of the Semper Fi Fund.” Beltran, who is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Officer of 22 years, runs Skylla Engineering as a Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). “We chose the Semper Fi Fund in an effort to raise funds to support the brave men and women who were injured while protecting our freedom,” Beltran continued. “The basic idea that drives the efforts of the Semper Fi Fund is simple; as much as these American heroes have sacrificed, they deserve the best care and support available in their hour of need. Their injuries are often severe and the road to recovery (or rehabilitation) is often long and costly.” According to Susan Lewis, Skylla Engineering’s community event coordinator, their fundraising campaign started in August 2011, with a goal of raising the $100,000 specifically for the purpose of donating to the Semper Fi Fund. Throughout the year, community events were sponsored at Skylla Engineering’s multiple locations, including golf tournaments, raffles, and softball tournaments. A donation package was submitted by Skylla Engineering after each sponsored event. The final donation package of $17,100 surpassed their pledge to raise $100,000 in only 12 months, and was delivered to the Semper Fi Fund after the last sponsored golf tournament was held in New Mexico in July. "Service members are still coming back injured and there is still a great need to bridge the gap and help them transition back home, adapt to their injuries and continue moving forward” Lewis commented. “With that said, Skylla Engineering is happy to announce that beginning in 2013, we will launch another fundraising campaign in support of the Semper Fi Fund and our injured American heroes,” said Lewis. “These traumatic and life-changing injuries endured by the men and women serving in our Armed Forces are resulting in staggering costs of hospitalization, treatment, and rehabilitation for a lifetime. As much as these heroes have sacrificed, they deserve the best care and support available." The Semper Fi Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U. S. Armed Forces and their families. They provide support through service member and family support, specialized and adaptive equipment, adaptive transportation, housing support, education and career transition assistance, therapeutic arts, post- traumatic stress disorder, and traumatic brain injury support. Photo: Skylla Engineering staff members recently presented $100,000 to the Semper Fi Fund to help wounded service members and their families: Susan Lewis, Skylla Engineering community event coordinator, left, Gabe Beltran, Skylla Engineering CEO and Wendy Lethin, Semper Fi Fund community outreach. [Contributed photo]

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