Fun was had by all at Raising Raiders’ 3rd Annual Raider Ball, as the Raider community gathered together to honor the legacy of Marine Raiders, and remember the brave service members who have paid the ultimate sacrifice over Memorial Day weekend, 2016. The Raider Ball is a fundraiser hosted by Hampstead-based nonprofit organization, Raising Raiders.
The fundraiser was attended by current active duty Raiders, as well as MARSOC alumni, supporters, family, and friends.
The mood was set for the 1940’s themed event under a white tent adorned with edison bulb string lights, handmade Americana centerpieces, and music reminiscent of the age of Edson’s and Carlson’s Raiders, with the U.S.S. North Carolina as the backdrop.
The night began with hand-passed hors d’oeuvres and pictures in front of the decommissioned Battleship by Diana Yntemna of Diana Rose Photography, as the sun set into the Cape Fear River, and continued with a buffet meal provided by Diamond Cateringof Wilmington NC, a motivating and uplifting speech by retired Navy Seal and author, Dick Couch, and popular music played by DJ Ash Bof Wilmington.
The Raider Ball was an incredibly memorable and successful event! We raised a total of $18,235, and everyone had an amazing time! We would like to thank all of our sponsors for all of their generosity, especially Teel Tech, Raising Raiders main event sponsor.
Raising Raiders is a nonprofit organization based in Hampstead, NC, that supports the families of MARSOC (Marine Special Operations Command) through their Always Beside You Grant. This grant provides academic, extracurricular, and career enhancing opportunities to spouses and children of MARSOC Marines and Sailors. In addition, the Always Beside You Grant provides emergency financial assistance to MARSOC families in need, and medical support to MARSOC service members where there are gaps in military health care coverage. The goal of Raising Raiders is to empower and encourage the personal and professional advancement of active duty and retired MARSOC families by helping them to thrive despite the daily hardships that come along with being part of a high-tempo command.