People Helping People


People Helping People

Charity news from around the F.O.E.

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Raymore, Wisconsin - February 2019

Belton-Raymore Aerie #4146 recently donated $5,000 to the Hickory Hills Veterans Lodge. The HHVL’s goal is to provide care and support to wounded Veterans with counseling and outdoor recreation. The free programs are focused on the physical and mental needs of each individual, with an emphasis placed on peer support and group participation in all events. The money donated will money will be used to buy a truck, providing transportation to go and pick up the Veteran’s. 

Belton-Raymore Aerie #4146 participated in their first, local Homecoming parade. They made their float into a 1950's theme and everyone was dancing along to their music. Due to their grand parade float, #4146 won 3 trophies: 1st place in best use of theme, 1st runner up for performance, and 2nd runner up for most original.

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Merrill, Wisconsin - February 2019

Merrill Eagles #584 donated 94lbs. of non-perishable food to the Merrill Food Pantry. The food was collected during the month of December and at the Aerie/Auxiliary joint Christmas party. #584 also made a $500 donation for the Children’s Miracle Networks, Christmas in July program, held at the Marshfield Children's Hospital. 

Merrill Eagles #584 presented $700 to Cheryl Coyer for Quilts of Honor, which is a nonprofit that provides handmade quilts to veterans and active military members. 

During Merrill Eagles #584 Christmas party, Les Sabatke presented grants from the Grand Aerie in the amount of $1,000 to both the Enrichment Center and Haven. #584 also distributed a $1,000 check to the Never Forgotten Honor Flight program. They raised those proceeds from their first annual Prime Rib Challenge. Additionally during the Christmas party, Boomer Memorial Raffle Chairman, Bryan Plautz presented a $500 check to the Lincoln County Respite Program. The Respite program began eleven years ago in honor of Mary Geiss and is designed to support the caregivers of disable children. 

Pete McConnell of Prairie River Middle School accepted a $500 donation from Merrill Aerie #584 representative and Chairman of the Boomer Memorial Raffle, Bryan Plautz. McConnell wrote a grant that started the "Freedom Pens" project in January of 2017. Eighth grade students volunteer their time after their normal school hours to turn pens that are then provided to each Veteran on the "Never Forgotten Honor Flight". Each pen bears the name of the student manufacturer and includes a personal note from the student thanking the Veteran for their service.

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Viroqua, Wisconsin - February 2019

The Viroqua Eagles #2707 were honored with the Inaugural Outstanding Community Organization Award by the Gundersen Medical Foundation. The award recognizes area groups that distinguish themselves through their compassion and commitment to helping others through their philanthropic support. Since 1975, the Viroqua Eagles have raised money for cancer research during a week of fundraising that includes a lutefisk meatball dinner, lumberjack breakfast, raffle, auction and telethon. Through the generous support of the community and Eagle members, $589,800 has been donated to the Gundersen Medical Foundation Cancer Research. Orris Pederson, a 71-year Eagles member and former Cancer Telethon chair, was on hand to receive the award.


La Crosse, Wisconsin - January 2019

La Crosse Aerie #1254 recently held brat barns, raffles, and other fundraisers to make a donation to help build an All Abilities Park in La Crosse. The Aerie, Auxiliary, REAC, and Sunday AM club and a grant from the Jimmy Durante Children’s Fund all contributed to a total of $5,000. The All Abilities Trane Park Project will be designed to be fun and bring together individuals of all abilities to experience the simple, everyday joy of outside play.