Unit Fundraisers

“The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears.” 

Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis, USMC Ret, (San Diego Union Tribune)

The Marine Corps League is a not-for-profit organization within the provisions of the Internal Revenue Service Code 501(c) (4), with a special group exemption letter which allows for contributions to the Marine Corps League, its Auxiliary and subsidiary units (detachments), to be tax deductible by the donor.

This raffle will sell only 500 tickets at $10 each.  If interested call Raffle Chairman Max Allen 343-5538.


For additional information contact Arnie Strawn  454-8295 [email protected]


History of the “Marine Corps Rose”

In 1778, during the War of Independence, the Marine Corps Rose was dedicated to those Marines who made the Ultimate Sacrifice for their country.  This tradition was continued by the French during World War One when the Marines attacked the Germans in the trenches at Belleau Wood, Roses were planted by the grateful French people at the graves of the Fallen Marines.  When and where ever you see Marine Corps Leaguer’s or Young Marines distributing these remembrances take and wear one proudly.



Started by Marine Eddie Gallagher from New York, designed to parallel the VFW “Poppy” program to provide funds for detachments to assist veterans and youth and provide other services to the community.

– Health and comfort items for hospitalized veterans.

– Support programs such as bingo or holiday parties for hospitalized or retired veterans in Retirement homes.

– Scholarships

– Assist youth programs

– Humanitarian Aid


– Purchase roses from MCL National Headquarters, Ships Store

– Coordinate with local businesses or organizations to set-up a table or booth at their location

– Use a coffee or other type container as a collections can

– Advertise what the Marine Rose Program is for and what the donations will be used for.

– Conduct each year in conjunction with the Marine Corps Birthday, or whenever you feel it will be most effective.

– Funds should not be used for the detachment’s “general fund”, to fund Detachment parties, cook-outs, Birthday Balls, etc.

They should be used for the purposes stated above.

Principals of FUNDRAISING

1. Know your product.
2. Know the price of the tickets.
3. Know why you fund raising, how will the funds be used.
4. Keep records of everything you do. (Setup and sales)
5. No. of tickets sold and above all the money received.
6. Know when and where you are going to sell.
7. Signup volunteers at least 2 weeks ahead of event.
8. Always have a signup sheet for sales personal at the event.
9. What time you are starting and ending for the day.

If you are selling in a business:
Treat your location with respect, keep your area clean, and make sure you clean up at end of day.
When setting up in different locations make sure that what you want to do is legal and can be done at that location.

Always have a plan B,

Keep control of everything,
Make up a tote box that has everything in it to set up a table and awning.

a. Container for money and tickets
b. Bowl of candy for kids from 2 to 90.
c. Candy should be wrapped
d. Table cloth banners
e. Anything to give away
f. Tape safety pins clamps pens to write with
g. Make sure you have tickets for everything you are selling
h. Flyers of all kind, bumper stickers, handouts
i. Signage for MCL and Fundraiser.
i. Recruiting information (you will meet people interested in your organization).

What uniform will everyone wear.
Plan ahead don’t wait till the last minute for anything.
Do not take anything for granted.
Keep any other people involved informed and up to date.
Don’t try to do it all yourself, ask for advice and help when needed.
Have people around that can help you.
Keep in control of everything!

“Warriors by day, lovers by night, professionals by choice, and Marines by the grace of God.”

Unofficial Marine Slogan