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Charity news from around the F.O.E.

Virginia - August 2022

During the 2022 Virginia State Convention held in Fredericksburg, Virginia, June 23-25, the Virginia State Eagles were able to present a check to “Homes For Our Troops” for $136,721. These funds will go directly to aid in a build for Kevork “Khach” Khachadurian, who lost both of his legs when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan in 2011. This donation was the byproduct of a year’s worth of fundraising towards the 2021-2022 Virginia State Worthy President’s Charity Project. 

The raising of funds began in Phoenix at the 2021 Grand Convention where SWP Rock Ruark and other volunteers sold his SWP Magnet to kickstart the effort. “The entire Virginia State Eagle Family got behind this effort and, in the end, raised far more money than I ever imagined; for which I am eternally grateful and proud of their accomplishment,” said SWP Rock Ruark. “This has been a marquee year for our State; with three new Aerie/Auxiliary Homes; 9.9% Net Gain in membership; and now this huge gift” he added. 

Rock himself is a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Army and stated “there was never a doubt as to the type of charity he would select when he reached the seat of State Worthy President; however, when research was completed, it was “Homes For Our Troops” that won out over various non-profits assisting America’s Heroes today”.

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Brainerd, Minnesota - August 2022

Brainerd Eagles #287 recently held a fundraiser for Camp UBU. The camp was in need of funds to support less fortunate children who requested to attend. The Eagles raised $1,612 during their event. Additionally, Eagle member Amanda Bachman, who also belongs to the Brainerd Lions, requested a donation for the event and was given a surprise check for $5,000 from the Lions to help the cause. The Qing for Communities barbecue fundraiser was supported by Super One foods and the Ugly Cheesecake Factory. Thanks go to  Shawn and Michelle Bailey for serving as the grill masters. Pictured, l to r, Trustees Keith Bachman and Bob Hannahs and bartender Dan Bachman. Also pictured is Bob Hannahs presenting the donation to Cathy Picek, Camp UBU Director.

Utah - August 2022

On June 14, members of the Utah State Aerie and Auxiliary assembled on the grounds of the University of Utah Hospital to make Grant presentations to the University of Utah Hospital Health and to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. State Worthy President Raymond Quick and State Madam President Liz Hernandez made presentations of checks to the University of Utah Health totaling $42,500 in Grants, and checks totaling $35,000 to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.

Ladysmith, British Columbia - August 2022

Ladysmith’s local member of the Legislative Assembly introduced the Fraternal Order of Eagles and 2021-22 Provincial Worthy President Joey Lasaga and 2022-23 Provincial Madam President Bobbi Williamson to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Both Joey and Bobbi will receive a commemorative book from the legislature and an official transcript of the proceedings, as well as a DVD of the introduction.

North Mason, Washington - August 2022

North Mason Eagles #4226 donated a check for $2,000 on May 25 to North Mason Band Boosters to support students at Belfair Elementary, Sand Hill Elementary, Hawkins Middle School and North Mason High School. Thanks to the help of the bingo ladies, kitchen staff and bingo followers, more than $26,000 has been donated to local groups in Belfair and Mason County since its onset.