Marines from Camp Pendleton cheer as they watch the Super Bowl at Sunday’s all-day party at American Legion Post 291 in Newport Beach.(Photo by Jeff Antenore)
Retired Marine Phil Gorman of Corona, a Rams fan, chats with active-duty Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Casey Walker, a Patriots fan, as they watch the Super Bowl on Sunday during a party at American Legion Post 291 in Newport Beach.(Photo by Jeff Antenore)
Corona del Mar residents Julie and Gary Crisp, owners of Costa Mesa-based Crisp Imaging, hold a raffle for $10,000 in cash and prizes during the Super Bowl party they threw Sunday in Newport Beach for active-duty and retired military members.(Photo by Jeff Antenore)
Active-duty Camp Pendleton Marines and retired military members watch the Super Bowl during an all-day party Sunday at Newport Beach’s American Legion Post 291.(Photo by Jeff Antenore)
Emcee Manny Montanez, second from right, an Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient, presents a cash prize to Shane Summers, an active-duty Camp Pendleton Marine, during a halftime raffle at Sunday’s Super Bowl viewing party presented by Gary and Julie Crisp at American Legion Post 291 in Newport Beach.(Photo by Jeff Antenore)
Newport Beach Mayor Diane Dixon welcomes active and retired military members to Sunday’s Super Bowl party at American Legion Post 291.(Photo by Jeff Antenore)
Marine Cpl. Brent Murphy shows the New England Patriots helmet signed by quarterback Tom Brady that he won in a raffle during Sunday’s Super Bowl viewing party at American Legion Post 291 in Newport Beach.(Photo by Jeff Antenore)
Marine Sgt. Kyle Checketts gets a massage from Jennifer Delarosa from A Few Good Hands during a Super Bowl party Sunday at American Legion Post 291 in Newport Beach.(Photo by Jeff Antenore)
Marine Lance Cpls. Vince Apopaca, left, and Jeff Rude are on the edge of their seats as they watch a pivotal play in the Super Bowl during a viewing party Sunday at American Legion Post 291 in Newport Beach.(Photo by Jeff Antenore)
Marines from Camp Pendleton, including one wearing a New England Patriots jersey with the number of quarterback Tom Brady, watch the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory Sunday during an all-day party at Newport Beach’s American Legion Post 291.(Photo by Jeff Antenore)
It wouldn’t seem unusual that a Corona del Mar couple held a Super Bowl party on Sunday — except that the one Gary and Julie Crisp threw was for 500 active-duty Marines and included three meals, live bands and a lot more.
The Crisps’ 10th Super Bowl event brought five busloads of Marines from Camp Pendleton, along with retired military guests, to American Legion Post 291 in Newport Beach.
They were treated to breakfast, lunch and a barbecue feast, along with a variety of entertainment and activities as they watched the New England Patriots defeat the Los Angeles Rams on seven big screens set up around the building. A halftime raffle awarded $10,000 worth of cash and prizes, including a helmet autographed by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
The Crisps, who own Crisp Imaging, a Costa Mesa-based printing and technology company, presented a $25,000 check to the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group, a nonprofit that assists Marines and sailors at Camp Pendleton and their families.
“Julie and I do this to acknowledge and honor the courage of our Marines and veterans and affirm Orange County’s support for these brave men and women,” Gary Crisp said in a statement. “These service people often don’t get the recognition they deserve. I have heard back from party guests from past years who wrote me to say that the memories from this event sustained them through tough times. That’s so gratifying and exactly what we’re aiming for with this event — unfettered, good, clean fun and our family’s expression of love and gratitude for our American military personnel.”