Tony Begenwald



Director – East Coast, Marines Helping Marines Foundation

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA Tony enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps. At the end of his service he attended Penn State University graduating with a BSEE. He accepted a position with BFEC becoming a Pioneer on NASA’s Manned Space Flight Program and the first BFEC employee to receive NASA’s prestigious Manned Space Flight Awareness Honoree award. Tony joined the MCL Free State Detachment and has held many MCL leadership positions. He is the Chaplain for the Dept of Maryland MCL. In 2003he assumed coordination of activities at the Bethesda Naval Hospital for wounded Marines and FMF Corpsmen which became the Marines Helping Marines Foundation in 2007 where he is the East Coast Director. He has made over 575 visits to the Hospitals providing material, financial, social support and has taken wounded warriors to golf tournaments, fishing trips, and ball games. For the past 11 years he has conducted monthly cookouts, Christmas Day dinner, and raised over $400,000 for the program.