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Carefree resident to be honored at Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Dinner

8/12/2015

CAREFREE – World War II veteran Gerry Jones will be honored at the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Fifth Annual Arizona Awards Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 12. The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Annual Awards Dinner celebrates Arizona scholarship recipients and veterans; this year’s dinner is being held in conjunction with Marine Week Phoenix and will be the capstone of the week’s festivities.

According to his Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation biography, Jones, a Carefree resident, was born during the Great Depression on a farm in Indiana and started working the night shift at a local bakery at the young age of 11. A self-taught person, Jones has diligently studied his many interests for 78 years, and, in his own words “was blessed with an inquisitive mind, an over-powering urge to learn, and a retentive memory.”

Jones has been a self-employed architectural designer in Arizona for more than 60 years and lectures on his extreme terrain methods to graduate students at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. His mountain residences are highly sought after, and his work is noted throughout the state.  He has built 317 custom homes.

Jones is being honored with the Semper Fidelis Award at the 2015 Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation’s Arizona Awards Dinner on Sept. 12. The award is presented to those whose service to our nation and community exemplifies the Marine Corps motto to remain “Always Faithful” and demonstrate a recurring commitment to better our society. Jones served in the Marine Corps during WWII and the Korean War, and is a Purple Heart recipient. Jones also spent several years lecturing in China, served on the Black Belt Judo Federation for 13 years, and has trained Olympic athletes.

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation provides need-based scholarships to military children. Since its inception in 1962, the Scholarship Foundation has provided more than 33,000 scholarships valued at nearly $90 million to the sons and daughters of Marines and Navy Corpsmen whose parents have been killed or wounded in combat, or have demonstrated financial need.

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Annual Awards Dinner celebrates Arizona scholarship recipients and veterans across the state, as well as recognizing the local community that invested more than $835,000 last year alone to support these children’s dreams of higher-education. The black tie-optional event is held each year in support of the Scholarship Foundation’s mission to Honor Marines by Educating Their Children. This year’s dinner will include a key-note address from a Military Guest of Honor, a speech from one of the scholarship recipients, and the presentation of the Semper Fidelis and Service Above Self awards to notable community leaders.

The awards dinner will be held at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale. A limited amount of at-cost tickets are available. For information on how to attend or support the cause, contact Kim Rivera at krivera@bigyam.com. For more information on the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, visit mcsf.org.