People Helping People


People Helping People

Charity news from around the F.O.E.

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Evansville, Indiana - April 2017

Evansville Auxiliary #427 and River City Auxiliary #4023, also of Evansville, represented the F.O.E. on April 1, at a vendor fair for Child Abuse Prevention. Christine Huffman (#4023) and Tina Barrett (#4023) made a picture board showcasing the work of the Eagles and designed a brochure showing the amenities of each of Evansville’s Aeries. Bonita Stanley (#427 and dual at #4023), Deanna Ford (#427 and dual #4023) and Melinda Guinn (#4023 and dual #427) spoke to all about the FOE and how to become a member.


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Colonial Beach, Virginia - April 2017

Colonial Beach Eagles #4315 made a generous donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital last month.  As a result of months of planning by benefit committee chairman, Bill Hall, co-chair Rebecca Kinson, and committee members Debbie Bennett, Donna Barnette, Patricia Cochran, Debra Garcia, Carrie Keister, Ginger Roth, Sharon Schellin, and Linda Watts, the F.O.E. was able to donate $12,232 to this worthy cause.  Committee members ran several events to raise funds, including a brown bag auction, buffets during football games, and a prime rib dinner.  This is an annual fundraising effort for the Colonial Beach Eagles.


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Bellevue, Nebraska - April 2017

Bellevue Aerie & Auxiliary #3912 raised #5,793.42 for the purchase of three pediatric heart monitors that will allow patients at Omaha Children’s Hospital a chance to go home and have a normal life. Pictured are Auxiliary President Barb Romero, Auxiliary Heart Fund Chairman Connie Hodges, Children’s Hospital Representative Tom Kerfoot, Aerie Heart Fund Chairman Dave Hodges and Aerie President Patrick O’Connor.

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.