Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center Officially Opens Its Doors
After six years of hard work, the ribbon has officially been cut and the doors to the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center have opened, ready to take the next step in our journey to find a cure.
Eagles from across the United States and Canada gathered in Iowa City to celebrate the occasion. Dignitaries from the F.O.E. and the University of Iowa officially cut the ribbon Friday afternoon outside of the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building, where the DRC occupies 1.5 floors.
Doctors and researchers lined the floor of the DRC early Saturday morning as waves of Eagles shuttled in to tour the facility and take photos commemorating the visit. Guests had the opportunity to see the various offices and meeting rooms bearing the names of the States/Provinces, Regions and Conferences responsible for playing key roles in the funding of the DRC.
Large displays in the lobby and on each end of the building’s third floor recognized the Ladies’ Auxiliary and the Eagles as a whole for their efforts in making the state-of-the-art center possible.
Upon the conclusion of the guided tours, guests were directed to the Conference Center within the Coralville Marriott Hotel to officially dedicate the DRC. University of Iowa leaders including President Sally Mason, University of Iowa Foundation President & CEO Lynette Marshall, Vice President of Medical Affairs Jean Robillard and DRC Director E. Dale Abel addressed the crowd, sharing their gratitude for the Eagles’ gift and reinforcing their faith in the DRC’s ability to take diabetes research to unforeseen heights.
The University surprised attendees with a special message from NBC News Anchor Tom Brokaw, a former Iowa student, who praised the Eagles for their commitment to being at the forefront of the fight against diabetes.
Grand Worthy President Bud Haigh and Grand Madam President Gloria Mason took the podium to thank brothers and sisters for their efforts and encourage those throughout the organization to continue to work toward reaching our dream of finding a cure. Additional speakers included DRC Co-Directors Tom McGrath and Jean Kerr, DRC spokesperson Julie Knight and entertainers Tom Parks and Tony Orlando.
In the coming weeks, more research efforts funded by the DRC will continue to migrate from their previous campus homes into the Biomedical Discovery Building, finally bringing all related research efforts under one roof.
Exactly 60 months after a $25 million promise was made inside the walls of Louisville’s Galt House Hotel, the doors to The Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center have officially opened, realizing the dream of an organization and forever changing the world.