People Helping People


People Helping People

Charity news from around the F.O.E.


Circleville, Ohio - April 2021

Circleville Aerie #685 would like to thank all their generous sponsors, players and volunteers for making their 6th annual Ray Crawford Memorial Golf Outing a success! This one day event raised $10,596 dollars for Transformation Through Hope, a non-profit organization changing lives in Pickaway County, Ohio. Corporate sponsors included The Michelle Kovach Network, The Savings Bank, Lancaster Speed and Chrome, The Mash Pantry, Corky Que BBQ, Sanitec Service and Supply Company, Roosters, Lancaster Bingo, Kingdom realty, GAC Construction Services, LLC, Forakers Lawn Care, Classic Brands, Circleville Ladies Auxiliary 685, Central Ohio Fabrication, Buckeye Fitness, American Eagle Mortgage, Martin Show Cattle, All Utilities & Excavation unlimited, LLC, Pour House, Shagbark Homes, Vinton county bank, Z&K, LLC, Delaware Aerie 376, Coughlin Ford, Bellefontaine Aerie 2166.


Panhandle, Florida - April 2021

On February 6, Panhandle Eagles Aerie #4045 hosted a fundraiser for brother Mike Fitzgerald. The event was held on a great day as they were also celebrating the 123rd birthday of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. A few years ago, Mike was severely injured when he was involved in a motorcycle accident where he was pinned beneath an automobile. Mike has been in and out of the hospital on numerous occasions, undergoing medical treatment trying to save his right leg. Last year, his medical team determined that there was nothing more they could do. In early December, Mike went through an amputation procedure on his right leg. Thankfully, today he is doing very well. Unfortunately, the last two years placed Mike into a very stressful financial situation. The Aerie's Activities Committee members, under the direction of Ginnie Kameenui, wanted to help Mike reduce his stressful burden. In a very short time, they planned and held a very successful fundraiser and were able to present Mike with a check for $11,150.00.


Blairsville, Pennsylvania - April 2021

Blairsville Aerie #1488 Eagle Riders held a benefit ride to benefit Juvenile Diabetes. Between the Riders & Aerie $5,000.00 was raised. The Aerie applied for a matching Grant from the F.O.E. Charity Foundation and presented a total Grant to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in the amount of $10,000.00. Pictured, back row, L to R: Aerie Vice President Dave Marsh and Trustee Jim Alexander. Front row L to R: Trustee Dick Saliga, Manager of Foundation Operations Richard Barrow, Eagle Rider President John Clark, Aerie Conductor Chris Elliott and Aerie Chaplain Ted Kepple.

Brunswick, Ohio - April 2021

In late 2019, when the idea to improve Brunswick Aerie 3505’s internet service was broached, the principal objection was that improved connectivity would not bring in new members. Was that the goal? The COVID related Aerie shutdown in 2020 delayed several items, such as Officer elections. Yet, it also provided the catalyst for much needed improvements. One development driven by Aerie member Chris Lattner and his wife, Auxiliary member Kelly, during the shutdown was the painting of the interior. This was a reminder to members a project could be done at a fraction of the cost using volunteers. 

“The technology decision was based on two primary needs: Improve club communications. And provide updated amenities our members were requesting,” said Aerie President Terry Wise.

Lake Havasu City, Arizona - January 2021

Lake Havasu Eagles #4299 Aerie and Auxiliary recently presented a check for $1,487 to the Lake Havasu Meals on Wheels Program. Pictured, l to r, are Madam President Addie Angel, Senior Center Charity Chairman and head cook Lisa Fournier and Senior Center Representative Char Rupp.

The Aerie and Auxiliary of Lake Havasu City #4299 presented DES representatives with gift cards in the amount of $6,000. Local families were presented the cards to go Christmas shopping. Pictured, l to r, DES Representatives Tom Whitham and Jennie Narro, Christmas fundraising co-chairs Nancie and Don Rape, Auxiliary President Addie Angel and Aerie President Steve Hendrix.


Blairsville, PA - January 2021

Auxiliary President Marlene Kerley of Blairsville #1488 chose the Center for Organ Recovery and Education (CORE) as her charity last year. CORE’s mission is to encourage people to donate organs and tissue for transplants in order to save and improve lives. CORE held special meaning for Marlene as she donated one of her kidneys to her sister, Bonnie Confer, in 1999 and also has a brother, Bill Hebenthal, who received a liver transplant in 2003. A Garden of Life Party was held last year with activities including a dinner, raffle of six large donated items, 50/50 drawings, over 80 donated raffle baskets and more.


Bellevue, Nebraska - January 2021

The Eagles of Bellevue #3912 held their annual Angel Tree for Christmas in 2020. This year’s theme was “Back The Blue.” The Bellevue Eagles have always been supporters of their local first responders, who often work nights, weekends and holidays to protect the community. Money and gift cards were donated and were put into gift bags along with snacks donated by Marathon Ventures and a Christmas Card or Thank You Card. Enough was collected so that each of the street officers (more than 90) received a gift bag. Ralston Purina also provided gift bags for the K-9 officers. Pictured are Auxiliary President Lisa Smith, Auxiliary Chaplain April Frazier, Auxiliary Treasurer Donna Billington, Auxiliary Conductor Jennifer Kentopp and Sgt. Brown of the Bellevue Police Department.