On Sept. 15, 2007, the City of Irvine officially adopted a Marine battalion from Camp Pendleton to make a difference in the lives of our military personnel and their families. The Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee welcomes the Irvine community to support our adopted battalion by participating and donating to a variety of activities. These activities include holiday and pre-deployment events, care packages, toy drives and more.
Support the 2/11 Honor Guard
The Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee is collecting monetary donations to support the 2/11 Honor Guard, which is currently watching over the body of fallen 2/11 Marine Lance Cpl. Ruben Velasco. Lance Cpl. Velasco was one of three Marines killed Aug. 5 in the Osprey crash off the coast of Australia. He was returned home to Whittier on Aug. 25, and his funeral is Aug. 31. It is Marine Corps tradition to stand in Dress Blues and guard a deceased Marine 24 hours a day from the time of death until they are buried.
Celebrating 10 Years
10 Day | 10 Years | $10,000
The Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee is celebrating 10 years of serving the courageous 2/11 Marines and their families. To recognize and celebrate the City of Irvine's 10th anniversary of the official adoption of the 2/11 Marines, we're announcing the 10/10/$10,000 Fundraising Campaign. Funds donated will allow the committee to continue to support the 2/11 Marines. Donate and support the 10/10/$10,000 Fundraising Campaign today!
2017 Holiday Toy Drive
Nov. 6-Dec. 11
Make the season brighter for Irvine's adopted Marine Battalion families by donating a new, unwrapped gift suitable for infants or children ages 12 and younger. Donations will be accepted 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Nov. 6-Dec. 11, at the Irvine Civic Center, Irvine Police Department and Orange County Great Park Visitors Center. For more information, call 949-724-6606.
The specific purpose of the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee is to provide charitable and educational activities and support for the benefit and welfare of the United States Marines and their families assigned to Camp Pendleton, California, with special emphasis on the Marines and families of the 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines (“2/11 Marines”). Additionally, the Committee seeks to educate and inform the community regarding the 2/11’s activities and responsibilities. The Committee accomplishes its goal by soliciting private and public donations of cash, food, beverages, and new and used material goods to help underwrite the cost of sponsoring 2/11 Marines and their families.
The Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, welcomes the Irvine community to support our adopted battalion by participating and donating to a variety of activities. These activities include holiday and pre-deployment events, care packages, toy drives and more. Learn more about the 2/11 here. For more way to support the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee, visit Ways to Help the 2/11 here.
On Jan. 26, 2016, the City Council of the City of Irvine proclaimed Feb. 11, 2016 as "Irvine 2/11 Marine Battalion Day." View the Proclamation here.
Thank You Note
"Greetings 2/11 Irvine Marine Adoption Committee,
We are parents of one of the fortunate Marines of 2/11. Fortunate in that there is a city with the heart to support our Marines in such a positive and meaningful way. Our son is the Commanding Officer of Kilo Battery (see attached) and has been a Marine for 10 years. This is the first duty station to our knowledge where the community has shown such a generous heart. Being a Viet Nam veteran I have great respect for those who sacrifice to obtain and preserve freedom for the people of this world.
We are so very grateful for you and your willingness to provide for them as you have. Having a kind word for our Marines is more than most will do, but you have gone beyond by your actions and provisions.
Thank you again and may God bless you and your families for all you do.
-Don and Darlene Pickelsimer, Powder Springs, GA"
Contact the 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee Inc.
Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Tax ID # 26-2790567
For questions or to provide feedback, please email Wendy Brown.