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Kasilof, Alaska - March 2017

Kasilof, Alaska - March 2017

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.

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