Newport Beach First Battalion, First Marines

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Adoption of the First Battalion, First Marines 


The City of Newport Beach “adopted” the First Battalion, First Marines (1/1) in December, 2003, creating the Newport Beach 1st Battalion, 1st Marines Foundation (Foundation).

The 1st Battalion, 1st Marines is one of the most decorated and distinguished units in the Marine Corps. It is an integral part of America’s premier force-in-readiness that has historically been first to the fight whenever conflict arises. The Battalion is stationed at Camp Pendleton.

Through this relationship, a number of events and activities have been hosted including several “Mess Nights.” These formal attire, traditional dinners are hosted by about 300 residents of the city and attended by 150 to 200 members of the Battalion. The Foundation anticipates continuing these events on regular basis, depending on the Battalion's deployment schedule. 

The Foundation is continually seeking donations that are used primarily to assist family members of the Battalion, especially the families of younger enlisted service members, with unexpected expenses while their Marines are deployed. The Foundation is able to provide support for a variety of things, from helping to fix broken appliances to travel expenses to picnics and parties for the children. In addition, the Foundation provides appropriate condolences and memorials, on behalf of the city, for those lost.

These Marines face many challenges and difficulties as they fight fulfill their military service. Their individual futures remain uncertain, but one thing they know is that they can count on the continued support of Newport Beach community members. Your thoughts and prayers for their safety and your generous support for their families at home will allow them to fully focus on their assigned combat missions. 

Want to donate?

Donations* can be made payable and mailed to:

Newport Beach 1st Battalion, 1st Marines Foundation
P.O. Box 1216 
Newport Beach, CA 92659

Or via the website at:

*Donations made to the Foundation exclusively for public purposes are considered to be tax deductible in accordance with IRC 170(c)(1), as long as the donor does not receive any substantial benefit in return for the contribution (Tax ID: #27-2756685). It is not the City’s intent to express an opinion on the tax-deductible nature of the donations. It is up to you and your tax adviser to make this conclusion. We greatly appreciate any contributions to the 1/1 Fund. 


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