Thanks to a gift from Dede D’Arcy, in memory of her husband Bro D’Arcy, your gift by October 31 will be tripled, up to $100,000.
This special matching gift campaign supports health, fitness and morale projects that help Coast Guard members maintain their physical and mental health, wherever they are deployed.
How will your support of the Matching Gift Challenge benefit Coast Guard members and families?
Help members stay fit and ready for action
Treadmills, elliptical machines and other athletic equipment helps members stay strong for their demanding jobs. These resources are essential, especially for cutter crews deployed at sea for months at a time.
Provide recreation for members and families
Bikes, kayaks, paddleboards and other resources help members unwind and enjoy time with their spouses and kids. Well-designed recreation spaces provide Coast Guard families a place to connect with each other and form strong support systems.
Strengthen Coast Guard communities
Simple things like barbeque grills and outdoor gear for picnics and holiday parties help Coast Guard families bond. Your generosity helps build community spaces on Coast Guard bases so members and families have a place to congregate and establish areas for kids to have a safe place to play. Knowing their loved ones have a supportive community to rely on enables service members to fully focus while executing the Coast Guard’s multiple missions.
About Bro D’Arcy
D’Arcy — affectionately known as “Bro” to his peers — was a stockbroker in Chicago. He became a recreational boater when he and his wife Dede moved to Florida in 1991. His interest in supporting the men and women of the Coast Guard started when he heard a crew make a night rescue in the Gulf of Mexico.
“I thought to myself: that’s a hell of a way to make a living,” he later recounted .
Eventually the Foundation and Bro crossed paths, when he received a mailing asking him to support the organization. He checked with the local Coast Guard station in Ft. Myers Beach to see if they knew of the Foundation, and they had. His first contribution was buying the station a new washing machine and dryer. “And that got me started,” he continued.
Bro served on the Coast Guard Foundation Board of Trustees for 17 years, until his passing in 2019. During his time on the Board, he dedicated himself to helping local units around the country with meaningful morale and wellness support, as well as full mission gifts and investments in the scholarship and emergency disaster relief programs. In 2014, Bro and Dede established the Bro D’Arcy Shipmate Fund Endowment to permanently build support for Coast Guard members’ morale needs in Florida.
“We are honored to offer this fall’s triple match challenge in honor of our dear friend, Bro D’Arcy,” said Susan Ludwig, Coast Guard Foundation President. “Morale and wellness support was always a top priority for Bro, and we are grateful for Dede and the D’Arcy family’s commitment to Coast Guard members’ health and well-being.”