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Allied Forces Foundation has worked closely with Azalea Charities for several years in supporting Marathon participation of wounded veterans.

Azalea Charities, Inc. is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support a dual mission. Internationally, they focus on Aid for Wounded Warriors, but also support youth and special needs projects in the local Northern Virginia area. They publicize their efforts with these charities so people know that 100% of their donations go to causes that make a difference in the lives of those in need.

Efforts on behalf of Aid for Wounded Warriors provide comfort and relief items for soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who are sick, injured or wounded from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Azalea purchase specific items requested by Military Medical Centers, VA Medical Centers and Fisher House rehabilitation facilities each week. They also provide financial support to CrisisLink, a Hotline for wounded soldiers and their families, and Hope for the Warriors, special projects for wounded soldiers. Many of the servicemen and women are grievously wounded and will require long hospitalization and rehabilitation. The purpose of Azalea’s mission is to lift their spirits and enhance their morale as well as affect a lifetime support program.

In the Northern Virginia area, there are many worthwhile charities to support. Azalea Charities has identified Boys & Girls Clubs, Special Olympics, Homeless Shelters (ACTS, SERVE, Carpenter’s Shelter), Leukemia/Lymphoma Research, Juvenile Diabetes, and Education-based projects to support. Selections were made based on past and present relationships with many local organizations and causes.

The organization is made up of 100% volunteers who donate their time and talents because they believe in the mission of Azalea Charities. Beyond minimal expenses, all the funds raised go to charitable causes.

Azalea Charities raises funds through membership fees, private donations and sponsorships of special events such as the Marine Corps Marathon and the Azalea Classic Pro-Am Invitational Golf Classic. Financial support helps worthwhile organizations and their dedicated staffs spend less time on fundraising and more time on programs that produce positive results.