Giving Tuesday - Help Support the Sugar Bear Foundation



The Sugar Bear Foundation is a 501(c)(3) formed in honor of Lieutenant Colonel Mario “Sugar Bear” Carazo who made the ultimate sacrifice on July 22, 2010 when his AH-1W Super Cobra was shot down while supporting Marines engaged in a firefight.

The Mission of the Foundation is to support the surviving spouses and children of fallen United States military personnel through programs that meet their immediate and ongoing needs and foster their personal, emotional, and social well-being.

We focus on providing assistance through educational, career and financial initiatives because these were areas “Sugar Bear” deemed important and we know there is a vital need in the survivor community.


  • We provide social, emotional and financial support through our partnership with the MCRD Command Museums’ Family Forever program which has included gift cards to Gold Star spouses to purchase school supplies for their children. Additionally, a three-part forum series was developed for Gold Star spouses and their families to provide support focusing on topics such as resiliency, transition, educational and career resources.


  • RF-LAMBDA Memorial Scholarship in Honor of Lieutenant Colonel Mario “Sugar Bear” Carazo

  • STEM and Internship Program through our partnership with RF-LAMBDA (launching 2019)

  • Financial and Academic initiatives coming in 2019

Women’s Forum


We are very excited to announce the first of a three-part forum series with our partners from the MCRD Command Museum’s Family Forever Program. Children are welcome and will have their own structured activities. We have spent several months working on this series and the goal has been to provide something truly unique to Gold Star spouses and their families. We will be joined by some amazing partners to not only share invaluable resources but to help women and families gain a new sense of purpose and meaning in their lives.

Sugar Bear Spirit


Thank you to Isabelle O’Donnell and her friends who recently celebrated Isabelle’s tenth birthday by donating to the Sugar Bear Foundation in lieu of gifts. We were touched by this incredible act of generosity and kindness. Happy Birthday Isabelle! We wish you a wonderful year ahead. You are truly a special young lady with a big heart.

RF-LAMBDA Memorial Scholarship in Honor of Lieutenant Colonel Mario “Sugar Bear” Carazo


Congratulations to Jason Bertolino our first recipient of the RF-LAMBDA Memorial Scholarship in honor of Lieutenant Colonel Mario "Sugar Bear" Carazo. Jason is an outstanding young man, Eagle Scout, competitive soccer player, and is active in his church. We wish him all the best as he returns to Utah to finish his final year of college. 

It was wonderful to have some of Sugar Bear's classmates from the Naval Academy helping us celebrate. Their presence at Urge Gastropub & Common House was a welcome addition and provided a great reunion too. 

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Thank you to our sponsor RF-LAMBDA for their continued belief in our mission and support of Gold Star families. We look forward to working with them and providing more educational opportunities.

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Honoring Our Hero

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Congratulations and a big thank you to Captain Pierce (Ret) who recently completed the Powerman Zofingen championships (run-bike-run 115 mi total) in Switzerland. Captain Pierce completed the race while wearing the lapel pin he received from the Sugar Bear Memorial Run. We are grateful for Captain Pierce’s support of our work and mission. Go Navy!

Sugar Bear Memorial Run


Thank you to everyone who participated and supported us with the Sugar Bear Memorial Run.  We were so grateful for the chance to raise funds for our work while honoring our hero. We know Sugar Bear would be touched and it was great to see so many Gunfighters leading the charge.  A big thank you to our friends from the Marine Corps Association Foundation for this wonderful opportunity and belief in our mission.

Summer Tennis Camps


We have an amazing opportunity from our friends at UCSD Tennis. They are offering scholarships to their tennis camp for a total of ten San Diego Gold Star Children (ages 7-18).  See session information below and contact for more information. We appreciate their commitment to Gold Star children.

9 am - 12 pm Mon thru Fri  


9 am - 12 pm T W Thurs

July 23-27

Gold Star Wives Giving Back

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Part of our mission is to bring awareness to the issues facing surviving military spouses and children. Additionally, we try to focus on the growing number of resources that are available to them. Although there is still much more work to do, many survivors, like our Chairman are finding there is healing in helping others.

CLICK HERE to Read the Article, "Here’s how 6 Gold Star wives found new purpose in their grief" featuring our Chairman, Jennifer Carazo.