The Heart Of A Marine Foundation - Proudly serving all branches of the United States Armed Forces
Our Strength. Our Energy. The Reason. In memory, honor, and spirit of Marine Lance Corporal Phillip E. Frank.


  • We Challenge You to 22

    The Heart Of A Marine Foundation in partnership with the Daily Herald, Elk Grove Park District, and Push Fitness

    Challenge You to 22      

    Complete 22 repetitions of various exercises! 

    This is a free, fun, family, event open to the public, with a kid friendly challenge area.

    Saturday, April 22

    10:00am-12 Noon

    The Pavilion of Elk Grove

    1000 Wellington Ave., Elk Grove Village

    Pre-registration in encouraged at 

    This event is held in awareness of the 22 military veterans that commit suicide each day. 

    April 22-flyer.pdf

  • Sweet delivery...

    Recently, The Heart Of A Marine Foundation had the fun task of delivering bags of candy to several veterans centers. The candy, donated to us, certainly brought smiles to the folks at the centers. 

    We are happy to pay the fun forward! Enjoy!

  • Sweet delivery...

    Recently, The Heart Of A Marine Foundation had the fun task of delivering bags of candy to several veterans centers. The candy, donated to us, certainly brought smiles to the folks at the centers. 

    We are happy to pay the fun forward! Enjoy!

  • The Foundation partners with Elk Grove VFW

    The Heart Of A Marine Foundation was pleased to partner with the Elk Grove Village VFW this past holiday season. The Foundation donated military logoed items for their Christmas event raffle table and live auction. The VFW was generous to donate a portion of the proceeds back to The Foundation. Thanks to past commandant Terry Tomaso for presenting Roy with this check.


  • Veterans First in 2016

    The  Heart Of A Marine Foundation places Veterans First

    Keeping Veterans First, kept The Heart Of A Marine Foundation busy in 2016. We were privileged to: 

    ~Donate over 3,200 items to homeless veterans. Items included coats, sweaters, hoodies, hand warmers, hats/gloves/scarves, personal care items and bed/bath linens. Thanks to the organizations that made these numbers come to fruition!

    ~Donated in excess of 1,160 ergonomically correct canes. Over 880 canes were donated to the Hines VA therapy departments. 

    ~Donated new computers and software to aid in the treatment of TBI to the Eagle's Healing Nest, a homeless shelter and healing refuge for veterans in Minnesota.

    ~Established a relationship with Chicago based female homeless veteran organization. A donation of over 200 personal care items was made at their Stand Down. 

    ~Continued our relationship with the Residential Care Facility on the Hines VA campus through donations of dinners, desserts, prizes, and comfort. 

    Looking forward to 2017, The Heart Of A Marine Foundation will continue to place veterans first, staying aware of their changing needs.

    There is more to do. Join us. Be A Part of the Heart.

  • Veterans' Art Show

    The Heart Of A Marine Foundation was proud to host a Veterans' Art Show from Thursday, November 10 through Saturday, November 12. Artwork displayed was that of veteran artists or veteran family members. A "Meet the Artist" reception was held on Saturday. A Marine Corps birthday cake was cut, Brigadier General Randall Rigby USA (ret) was in attendance, and over 250 winter scarves were collected for homeless veterans. 

    We thank our artists, our hosts Zeigler Chysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram of Schaumburg, and our friends and supporters for stopping by and making this a most wonderful event. 


  • Fisher House Residents treated at Mario Tricoci in Schaumburg

    The month of November is national "Care Givers Month". To honor those who care for our veterans The Foundation invited the residents of Fisher House on the Hines VA campus for a day of pampering at the Mario Tricoci Salon and Spa in Schaumburg. After the afternoon of very special treatment, the residents were then treated to dinner at The Ram Restaurant in Schaumburg. 


  • Shinnyo-en Buddhist Temple Community Service Day assist The Foundation

    The Shinnyo-en Buddhist Temple in Elk Grove Village held a community service day on Sunday, October 23. Temple members opened their hearts and home to many local non-profit organizations and assisted where ever needed. 

    Temple members and volunteers helped The Heart Of A Marine Foundation in making men's winter scarves for homeless veterans.  In a one hour time span, they made 30 scarves for our veterans! Amazing! They are warm, cozy, and beautiful! 

    A huge shout out of Thanks! to everyone involved at the Community Service Day! 

  • Foundation and Friends make a difference!

    On Friday we delivered our donations to the National Women Veteran's United and Hines VA Women's Stand Down. 

    On Saturday we saw the impact of these donations, first hand. Over 100 women veterans had access to clothing and personal care items provided by The Foundation and Elk Grove Village supporters and friends. 

    Thanks to everyone for making a difference in the lives of these ladies! 


  • Foundation and Friends support Women Veterans!

    The Heart Of A Marine Foundation in association with many Elk Grove Village based organizations was proud to deliver much needed items to the National Women Veteran's United annual Stand Down for women veterans. Our donation included new clothing and outerwear, socks, personal hygiene items, winter hats and scarves and boots. 

    Our thanks to the Elk Grove VFW Post 9284, Elk Grove VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Girl Scout Service Unit 406, the wonderful ladies at the Sheila Ray Adult Center, and the Community Character Coalition of Elk Grove. Their generosity, time, and  concern for our veterans is changing lives. ....A special shout out to Terry and Vivian Tomaso and Mary Ann Christenson. 


    Roy Frank delivers our donation to Angela of the National Women Veteran's United 

  • Glenview Blaze Baseball donates to The Foundation

    Our sincere thanks to everyone with The Glenview Blaze Baseball association for their support of The Foundation. 

    Their continued generosity has brought help and hope to many veterans. 

    Thanks again, gentlemen! You mean the world to us!

  • Foundation ships items to Walter Reed

    Roy Frank and the fine folks at UPS in Elk Grove Village prep boxes for shipment to Walter Reed.

    The Heart Of A Marine Foundation recently sent over 350 new jackets, hoodies, and other outerwear (many with military branch insignia!) to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). 

    Military members receiving care at WRNMMC will have new warmth and knowledge that we are thinking of them and thanking them for their sacrifice. 

    Godspeed to all at WRNMMC for your service to our nation. 

  • Roy and Georgette hit the road!

    Roy and Georgette on the road again! This time East Coast bound. Along the way they had 

    a speaking engagement in Stroudsburg Pennsylvania. The Torch of Knowledge organization were 

    their hosts, and the Franks were so well received! Our many thanks to the Torch of Knowledge folks, 

    and we look forward to future endeavors! 

  • Foundation and Eagle's Healing Nest partner for Veterans

    The Heart Of A Marine Foundation is honored to partner with the Eagle's Healing Nest. "The Nest" is located in Minnesota, and is a refuge for veterans where they can 'heal with honor'. The Foundation recently made a visit to The Nest, as the campus was a stop for the Vietnam traveling wall. Georgette was asked to lay the Gold Star Mother's Wreath at a the ceremony dedicated to our veterans. 

    While on campus, The Foundation made a donation of new computers and Aphasia software to assist in the rehabilitation of those veterans dealing with traumatic brain injury. We also had the opportunity to provide canes to veterans over the weekend! We are privileged to be a part of the healing process happening at The Nest! 

    The Heart Of A Marine Foundation salutes Melony Butler and the entire Eagle's Healing Nest family for their devotion and commitment to serving our veterans. We look forward to future growth with The Nest, and stand ready to assist. 


  • Foundation donates to Standdown 2016


    Roy presents Elk Grove Village Walgreens (Town Center location) manager, Jeff,  with a Heart Of A Marine Foundation coin for his efforts in providing first aid kits to Standdown 2016. This Walgreens provided over 900 first aid kits for homeless veterans.    

    What is a Standdown? The concept of Standdown comes from the military practice of removing exhausted combat units from the field of combat to a place of relative safety, where the troops may rest and recover. Chicago Standdown 2016 looks to represent that safe haven for homeless veterans. Event organizers anticipated 700 homeless veterans in attendance. 

    Chicago Standdown 2016 was held on June 10-11. Chicago area Veteran Centers, VA Medical Centers, and more than 50 public and private, federal and state, and city agencies lead the effort. 

    The Heart Of A Marine Foundation donated to Standdown 2016: 

    700   light outwear items

    700   men's tee shirts

    1,150   first aid kits

    The Heart Of A Marine Foundation is grateful to the following for making these donations possible: 

    Anonymous donors (Elk Grove Village)   

    Walgreens (Elk Grove Village location)

    Bradford Exchange (Bensenville location) 

    Walmart (Elk Grove Village location) 

    Shinnoy-en Buddhist Temple (Elk Grove Village location) 


  • Wedding anniversary brings smiles and hope to homeless veterans!

    On May 21st, a special event took place in Elk Grove Village. Special in the fact that it was a couple's 50th wedding anniversary party. Extraordinary in the fact that this couple did not want gifts or presents of any kind. No. They wanted their friends and family who attended their party to bring a donation for military homeless and/or disabled veterans. 

    And boy did they bring donations! All items were NEW: Over 300 pair of athletic socks, bath towels, washcloths, laundry detergent, over 125 t-shirts, and much, much more! 

    Roy and Barbara made a delivery of many of the items to the Eddie Beard Transitional Home for Veterans. (Some of the items will be used at the 2016 Stand Down for Homeless Veterans on Saturday, June 11). 

    The staff and residence of the Eddie Beard Home were overwhelmed with emotion when they saw the donation. Overwhelmed that someone cared enough to do this. 

    Our thanks to this couple (you know who you are!) for their kindness and generosity. 


  • Zeigler Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep Donation


    Zeigler Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep of Schaumburg hosted a fundraising event for The Foundation this past Memorial Day weekend. Management offered The Foundation $100 for each new vehicle sold over the three day period.

    Well....records were broken, funds were raised, and success on all fronts garnered! Sixty-one new vehicles were sold! ....that is $6,100 for The Foundation! Thanks to the entire Zeigler team for making this happen!  

    The Heart Of A Marine Foundation is grateful for the management and staff of Zeilger (208 W. Golf Road, Schaumburg!) and we look forward to working with them in the future.  

    Roy and Georgette presented Mr. Lou Lopez, Zeigler sales manager, with a Heart Of A Marine Foundation plaque of appreciation, while accepting the $6,100 check.


  • Mario Tricoci of Schaumburg and The Foundation host Fisher House

    The Heart Of A Marine Foundation is proud to partner with Mario Tricoci located in Schaumburg to bring the residents of Fisher House a day of pampering and an evening of fun!

    Jessica Brenn the General Manager of Mario Tricoci in Schaumburg offered the ladies and gentlemen of Fisher House, 2 salon services each - and each lady received a full makeup makeover!  What a great day of pampering for those who deserve so much! .... After the time at Mario Tricoci, The Foundation treated everyone to dinner at The Ram Restaurant & Brewery in Schaumburg.




    What a great day for all!

  • Foundation at the Shinnyo-en Buddhist Temple Service Day

    On Sunday, April 24, Shinnyo-en Buddhist Temple hosted a community service day. The Heart Of A Marine Foundation was a recipient of their generosity, goodness, and kindness. Shinnyo-en and community members gathered to create much needed items for many non-profit organizations in the area.

    One hundred first aid kits were crated for The Foundation. We will distribute them to homeless veterans during several summer events.


  • Donations to Midwest Veterans Closet

    The Heart Of A Marine Foundation has found a great partner with the

    Midwest Veterans Closet.

    The MVC is located near Great Lakes Naval Station and the James A. Lovell FHCC.

    MVC serves all branches of the United States Armed Forces by provided clothing, kitchen items, furniture, and most recently a well stocked food, to assist veterans and their families. The Heart Of A Marine Foundation is proud to offer them new outwear; coats, sweatshirts, and many other items.


  • Donations to Eddie Beard Transitional Home for Veterans

    The Heart Of A Marine Foundation was honored to be invited for dinner at the Eddie Beard Transitional Home for Veterans. We had a wonderful meal and great fellowship.

    The Foundation did not come empty handed! Members the CCC of Elk Grove collected items for our veterans, and The Foundation was happy to bring them to the gentlemen residing at the Eddie Beard home. We delivered towels, sheets, laundry detergent, athletic socks, and a whole lot more!

    Thanks to the CCC of Elk Grove!

  • Elk Grove Fire Department donation


    Thanks to all of our friends at the Elk Grove Village Fire Department of your kind and generous donation, and for all that you do!


  • "What have we been up to, you ask"? Lots!

    The Heart Of A Marine Foundation is having a wonderful time meeting the needs of our veterans and forever grateful for those who support them through us!

               We were pleased to donate to the Evanston Veteran Center: 2 Sony PlayStation gaming consoles and 7 games.

    The staff at the center will host a pizza party and gaming day. The Foundation will participate on that day too! Stay tuned!

     On February 13 we participated in the monthly Bingo game at the Residential Care Facility at Hines VA. A very generous friend of The Foundation made afghans to be used as Bingo prizes....and did the veterans love them! Thanks to our very talented and generous friend for making these wonderful gifts! You know who you are!


    Speaking of Hines VA....

    On February 11 we made a donation of 384 ergonomically correct canes to be distributed in their therapy departments.


    And a special shout out to the Addison Fire Department for their generous donation to The Foundation. Pictured below is Chris Drews, President, Addison Professional Fire Fighters Union 4727. Thank you and everyone at Addison!



  • Bradford Exchange donations and Reebie Moving help!

    The Heart Of A Marine Foundation had an incredible day on Friday, January 22:

    First, the Bradford Exchange donated to us over 40 pallets of merchandise, primarily military logoed items.

    Secondly, but equally important, Reebie Moving and Storage moved this merchandise for us.

    We look forward to going through all of the 108 boxes, over 5, 800 items and donating them to military and veterans in need.

  • The Heart Of A Marine Foundation Celebrates our supporters!


    Mayor Johnson of Elk Grove is joined by Village Trustees and

    The Heart Of A Marine Foundation at our "thank you" event.

    The Heart Of A Marine Foundation closed out a busy year by saying "thank you" to our supporters, donors, and friends. A reception was held at the Belvedere Banquets in Elk Grove to pay tribute to those who have made a difference in our life, and in the lives of veterans.

    We do what we do, because of you.

    Thank you!


  • A great end to 2015 helping our veterans!

    The Heart Of A Marine Foundation has been busier than ever!

    Since our anniversary celebration on Tuesday, November 17, we have been making a difference in so many veterans' lives!

    We are honored and proud to have made new friends within the veteran community, and assist them in any way we can.

    Here is what we have accomplished:

    ~New winter coats for the Oak Park Veteran Center Veterans. A total of 100 new winter coats were donated for their Thanksgiving and Christmas parties for homeless veterans and their veteran clients.


    ~New winter coats for the 3 Hope Manor locations in Chicago. Hope Manor I,  II, and Hope Hall are residence for homeless veterans. Over 100 new winter coats were donated by The Foundation to these homeless veterans.

    ~The Foundation in conjunction with the CCC of Elk Grove coordinated our area Toys for Tots campaign. Over 200 toys were given to the 2/24 Marine Regiment on December 1.

    ~Fifty new winter coats were donated to the DuPage County Veterans Center on December 8 to those in need at their facility.

    ~On December 8 the residence of Fisher House (on the Hines VA campus) were guests of The Foundation for a day of pampering at Mario Tricoci Salon and Spa in Schaumburg. Each resident received 2 Mario Tricoci services, and the women received a full make-up makeover. Following their pampering at Mario Tricoci, The Foundation took them to dinner at The Ram Restaurant for a reveal dinner!

    ~The Foundation donated over $35,000 (retail value) of USMC logoed outwear to the Marines at the Wounder Warrior Battalion at Camp Lejuene. Donation was received at their location on December 11.

    We are busy serving our most deserving, and look forward to 2016 and continued service. Join us! We guarantee, nothing is more rewarding.

    From The Heart Of A Marine Foundation family,




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Our Day at Hines VA ....

On Saturday, October 10

Roy, Georgette, and Barbara had the pleasure of spending the afternoon

at Hines VA at their monthly Bingo gathering.

What fun we had!

What wonderful people we met!

What a Bingo Pro Roy turned out to be!!

We had the pleasure of playing Bingo with 25 veterans, we played for those veterans who could not come to the common area. Roy won big for his veteran Edwin! The Foundation provided some prizes in the form of new jackets and outwear. We made many new friends, including John Janata (photo 1 below). John is a part of the Retired Professional Football Players Association, and a former Chicago Bear. He wore number 72 before "Refrigerator Perry". We also were able to provide canes to a Navy veteran. The Foundation has committed our assistance to other events with this group. Stay tuned for more!

We look forward to November's Bingo gathering!




Baseball is in the Chicago air these days....

and with The Foundation too!

On October 3 veterans from the DeVry Military Resource Club of DeVry University and the first responders from Addison Police and Fire Departments gathered for a first annual softball game. Roy threw out the first pitch! It was a cold and blustery day....but everyone kept warm cheering this intense game! In the end, the First Responders won 16 to 15 in 10 innings. See you next year!


 Once again, The Foundation was honored with a donation from the Glenview Blaze baseball organization. Thank you to everyone associated with this incredible group.

We are humbled by your works, and your donation to us!

Thank you so much! 

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