5th Marine Regiment Dana Point Support Group wins Spirit of Hope award
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By Lillian Boyd
Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment (DPSG) Support Group Receives Prestigious Spirit of Hope Award for Supporting Marines, Navies and Families of 5th Marine Regiment, United States Marine Corps United, headquartered at Camp Pendleton. .
The Spirit of Hope Prize was established in 1997. It was first awarded to artist Bob Hope by the United States Congress and is presented annually in his honor. The basis of the award was to recognize Hope’s commitment to entertaining military service members over many decades, both inside and outside of combat zones.
Each division of the Armed Forces and the Department of Defense is invited to nominate an individual or organization who embodies the values of Bob Hope: duty, honor, courage, loyalty, commitment, integrity and selfless dedication, and who dramatically improve the quality of the lives of military personnel and their families serving around the world, and selflessly devoting an extraordinary amount of time, talent or resources for the benefit of the military.
DPSG joins a distinguished list of past “Spirit of Hope” recipients, including Gary Sinise; American Idol country music runner-up and star Kelly Pickler and her husband, Kyle Jacobs; and singer-songwriter Toby Keith. Other recognized organizations are the Fisher House Foundation, the Soldiers’ Angels, Camp Hope, and The Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund.
“We are truly honored to have been chosen for the Spirit of Hope Award from among so many other American Patriots and Generals who have been nominated,” said DPSG President Mike Lipscombe. “We will continue our mission of caring for the Fighting Fifths and their families for many years to come.”
The DPSG is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit made up of local patriots who support American heroes and their families of the 5e Marine Regiment and the Wounded Warriors Battalion West at Camp Pendleton. It currently has more than 350 volunteers from all walks of life. The ages vary from high school students to seniors. For more information or to become a volunteer, visit the group’s website, danapoint5thmarines.com.
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