People Helping People


People Helping People

Charity news from around the F.O.E.

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Inverness, Florida - September 2017

Citrus #3992 recently partnered with Eugene Quinn VFW Post #4337 to assist deserving Vietnam veteran Bob Calabreese with a new water well. The two organizations were instrumental in raising the necessary funds for the project. They would like to thank Langley Well and Pump for their assistance.  Pictured, l to r, front row: Madam President Karen McDaniel, VFW Auxiliary President Theresa Fortin, Aerie President Roger Langley and VFW Junior Vice Commander Carl Cyr; back row: Bryan McKee, Langley Well and Pump’s James Edwards, VFW Honor Guard member Randolph Bellamy and Langley Well and Pump’s Jeremy Wall.

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Edgewater, Florida - Sept. 2017

New Smyrna-Edgewater Eagles #4242 recently donated $1,000 to the Volusia County Humane Society. Pictured, l to r, Conductor Kath Ferguson, Humane Society President Lori Morgan and President Paul Clarey. They also donated $2,000 to Florida Memorial Hospital NSB for Parkinson’s Outpatient Rehab. Pictured are Ferguson, Parkinson’s Outpatient Program Director of Marketing Marlene Thomas and Clarey.

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Inverness, Florida - Sept. 2017

Citrus Eagles #3992 recently awarded their first annual scholarship to Citrus High senior Miranda Scott. The following criteria were used to determine the first recipient:

1. Student need not be one of 4.0 grade average but one who applies himself/ herself diligently at all times.

2. In the interest of our motto, “ people helping people”, the student need be one who never disrupts the classroom, who never engages in bullying practices but may even be one who champions the bullied. A student who volunteers should be a serious candidate.

3. A student who’s attendance is sterling with no unexcused absences.

4. A student who never shows disrespect in any way to our country, I.E. The National Anthem, our flag, our military , first responders and/or law enforcement officials.

5. A student who never shows disrespect toward his/ her teachers.

6. All things being equal, a student coming from a less than affluent family who may genuinely need financial help to move to the next level of education.

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Edgewater, Florida - May 2017

New Smyrna-Edgewater Eagles #4242 recently presented three checks to Florida Hospital New Smyrna Beach. $2,000 was donated to cardiac care, $1,000 to breast cancer and $1,000 to diabetes programs. Craig Bair, hospital President, and Pat Driver, Hospital Foundation Chairman, were in attendance. Pictured, l to r, are Aerie President James Gombita, Driver, and Conductor Kath Ferguson.

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Orlando, Florida - April 2017

Orlando Aerie & Auxiliary #3496 held a fundraiser for the Russell Home for Atypical Children, collecting $1,350 for the cause. Russell Home was the first nonprofit in the country for brain-damaged children. The home consists of a nursery, dormitory wing, playrooms, living room areas, kitchen and large laundry room. The nursery, done up in bright colors with many posters and stuffed animals, is cheerful for the children. In the home is an occupational license from Nov. 13, 1951, when the home opened. Since then, it has opened its doors to hundreds of youngsters. Pictured are Geoff and Doris Robe presented the check to Administrator Betty Turner.

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New Port Richey, Florida

On April 12, Suncoast Eagles Auxiliary #3153 presented a check for $2,000 to Gulfside Hospice in memory of Sheila Kay Scott, a Past Madam President of Suncoast #3153. The money was raised from a luncheon chaired by the Past Madam Presidents of Suncoast #3153. Pictured, l to r, back row: Cathy Dyer, PMP Marlene Gordon, PMP Ana Mahar; front row: Anna Wabiszczewicz, Pat Laethem, Joann Morowski, Christine Bidwell, 10-year Secretary Kathy Myers, PMP Betty Bleau, 10-year Treasurer Lois Hanus, PMP Ann Dunham, Richard Scott and Hospice Director Clara Armstrong.

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Spring Hill, Florida - March 2017

On March 10, Spring Hill #4208 Eagle Riders members Diane Irwin, Barbara Cyr and Annie Krysheski presented a check for $2,000 from the 3rd Annual Terry Irwin Run held Jan. 21, to the Fisher House, associated with the James A. Haley Hospital in Tampa.

The following day, Aerie and Auxiliary members joined the more than 1,000 people who took part in the Hunger Walk. Spring Hill members walked and raised $417 dollars for the walk, which generated more than $75,000 total to help fight hunger in Pasco County by providing Pack-A-Sack food for kids and hot meals from Metropolitan Ministries.  Pictured, l to r, are Spring Hill members Ann Krysheski, Diane Irwin, Beth Bendl and Bobby Frank.