30 March Kasilof, Alaska - March 2017 March 30, 2017 By The Fraternal Order of Eagles Alaska 0 Kasilof, Alaska, Eagles #4317 may not have the most members or the largest Aerie in the nation, but it has one of the biggest hearts. The community spirit and generosity of its members can’t be beaten, which is reflected, year in and year out, in its history of helping those in need. Through donations and community outreach, this little Aerie has touched the lives of neighbors who have been victims of misfortune. During this time of the season, one of the ways they touch lives is by sponsoring a WOW team for the Way Out Woman ride. Located in the heart of the Kenai Peninsula, snowmobiling is a big part of the community. Thirteen years ago, a member of the local snowmobile club came up with an idea for a benefit snowmobile ride – the Way Out Woman Ride. The yearly event benefits the Central Peninsula Health Foundation’s Cancer Fund, providing checks for $1,000 to victims of cancer to pay for gas, airfare, food and other expenses as they battle cancer. Every dollar raised goes to help out victims. Each year, the Eagles sponsor riders. This year’s ride took place Feb. 25 in the Caribou Hills, a popular recreation area spanning Kenai/Soldotna to Homer. The event attracted riders and non-riders. The teams are comprised entirely of women who have solicited sponsorships and have gathered other donations for the cause. The ride is 50 miles long and riders wear costumes to celebrate. Three Kasilof Eagle women riders participated this year. Their team name was Denali and their costume theme was Hawaii. Costumes ranged from a surfer girl to a palm tree to a hula girl. Denali, a female black lab the team was named after, was there sporting a colorful lei. Every year, the riders and friends decorate bras for the Wild and Wooly Bra Auction. The guys pick the top three which are then auctioned off. This year, Kasilof contributed $2,000 to the cause. To date, the work of the Eagles, through direct donations and donations solicited by the Eagles’ teams, have generated $101,153.56 for the cause. Related Kasilof, Alaska - March 2018 Six members of Kasilof Aerie #4317 and Denali, a black lab, participated in the annual Way Out Women (WOW) Snow Machine Run for Cancer in honor of their member Dwayne Whiteley, and previous members Betsy Hester and Laura Harmon, who both lost their battle to cancer. Whiteley was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 and the Aerie’s have shown their love and support by helping with medical expenses and his bucket list. This year the race’s them was revolved around Patriotism and the participating members dressed up as Samantha, the Statue of Liberty, the Flag of the United States, a Firecracker and a $100.00 bill. During the race, the Aerie raised more than $2,500 and has collectively raised over $40,000 for the WOW event. Cresaptown, Maryland - March 2017 The Eagles of Aerie & Auxiliary #2883 have been longtime supporters of the Interfaith Community Food Pantry on Cumberland Street. One of the fundraising projects has been the Christmas Auction, held annually at the Aerie home on McMullen Highway. In a recent presentation, a check for $3,500 was presented to John Minnich, Pantry Treasurer, and Bill Stewart, Pantry Manager. This gift was made possible due to the joint efforts of the Officers and members of both the Aerie and Auxiliary for the 2016 Christmas Auction. Pictured, l to r, John Minnich, Jeff Hare, Todd Sloane, Bill Stewart, Tony Muir, Cathy McKenzie, Eddie Morris, Denny McKenzie, Cathy Hare, Carolyn Helmstetter, Andrea Cosner. Maryland - March 2017 2015-2016 State Madam President Diana Booth of Frederick #1067 toured Maryland during her year to raise money for Family, Resource, Information & Education Network for Down Syndrome (F.R.I.E.N.D.S.), collecting more than $26,000. The check was recently presented to the organization which provides support, resources and programs for people with Down syndrome. Pictured, l to r, are F.R.I.E.N.D.S. President Evan Routzahn, self-advocate Noah Weikert, F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Treasurer Denny Weikert and Diana Booth. Brisbane, California - March 2017 On Feb. 15, Brisbane Eagles #3255 raised $775 for the Max Baer Heart Fund. Jefferson City, Missouri - March 2017 Grand Worthy President Jerry L. Sullivan recently visited Jefferson City, Mo., Eagles #2693. Jerry received a $200 donation to his charity, Lupus research, from the Aerie and a check for $100 from the Auxiliary. Marceline, Missouri - March 2017 During his time in Missouri, Grand Worthy President Jerry L. Sullivan stopped into Marceline Eagles #726 to visit with Aerie and Auxiliary members. The group there presented Jerry with a check for $500 to put towards his charity, Lupus research. Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.