People Helping People


People Helping People

Charity news from around the F.O.E.

Detroit Lakes, Minnesota - March 2017

Detroit Lakes Eagles #2342 held their annual Community/Charity Auction on Saturday, Feb. 18. The live auction had a wide variety of products, services, gift items and more, which were auctioned off with proceeds going to great local causes. Chairman Larry Swiers reported that $3,700 was raised thanks to the many businesses who contributed to the auction.

On Feb. 11, the Detroit Lakes Eagles Blood Drive saw 40 people volunteer to give blood. Eight gave blood on the automated 2RBC machine, which collects two unites of red blood cells, which resulted in 44 total products. They had three first time givers. Members recruited donors, registered them and provided refreshments and snacks for those who volunteered to give. United Blood Services representative Katie Bartelson thanked the Detroit Lakes Eagles for their successful effort.

On Saturday, April 1, the Detroit Lakes Past President’s will be holding their annual Stag & Doe event, featuring a 10-gun raffle, a catered roast beef dinner with drinks from 6:30-10 p.m. Raffle tickets are $25 each and dinner & drink tickets are $25 each. Proceeds benefit local and community needs.

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Kansas City, Kansas - March 2017

Wyandotte #87 held its 31st Annual Camp Discovery Juvenile Diabetes Bowling Tournament on Feb. 19. Kansas State Presidents Randy Holding of Junction City #830 and Dawn Couch of Wyandotte #87 named Camp Discovery as their State Charity for the year. A total of $4,224 was raised. Pictured are Randy Holding, Wyandotte #87 Co-chairman Shirley Lyons, KC Bowl manager Rita Weems, Wyandotte #87 co-chairman Sheila Hogue and Dawn Couch. The tournament was started by Wyandotte members Ed and Doris Willsey, the parents of Shirley and Sheila.

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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.

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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.

Altadena, California - March 2017

Altadena Eagles #719 recently welcomed Grand Worthy President Jerry L. Sullivan for a special visit. Altadena held a Meet & Greet cocktail hour with members from Aerie #719, members from other California District 20 Aeries, State Aerie Officers and more. Following the dinner, Worthy President Jim Shirley presented a check for $250 for Jerry’s charity, Lupus Research. They also presented Jerry with a special Eagles fez.

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Fruitport, Michigan - March 2017

Fruitport #3666 Auxiliary President Barbara McGruther works tirelessly to raise money for charity and is always open to lending a hand. Last November, Barb asked if she could raffle a homemade quilt, made by Joyce Miller of the local Legion Post, to raise money for the American Veterans Association. Barb challenged herself to raise $500, increasing her goal each time she met it. At the time of the drawing, Barb had raised a total of $1,050 and she presented the check to local Director Dave Eling on Jan. 27. The money is being placed in the emergency fund to help Veterans with their immediate goals.