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People Helping People

Charity news from around the F.O.E.

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New Brighton, Minnesota - July 2019

Minnesota State Aerie President Mike Hanson’s charity for his year was the Make A Wish Foundation of Minnesota. He had a goal of $20,000, but he was able to raise a total of $28,422.93. The Grand Aerie gave a grant of $5,000 and the New Brighton Eagles made a gambling donation of $8,000, but overall the balance was raised by the members of New Brighton Eagles #3718. Hanson raised the money by cooking burgers, hosting steak fry’s, live auctions, grab bags, and contributed personal donations during his year as State President. The average wish is about $6,500, so this will help to make more than a few wishes come true.

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Owatonna, Minnesota - May 2019

The Owatonna Eagles #1791 awarded $1,000 each to the four 2019 Don Tuerk Memorial Scholarship winners: Robert Kniefel, majoring in Law Enforcement, Benjamin Witikko, majoring in Law Enforcement, Julia Hansen, majoring in Law Enforcement, and Samantha Hovden-Marlin, majoring in Alcohol & Drug Counseling. The funding for these awards is from the Don Tuerk Endowment fund. Don Tuerk was a community-minded native, long-time Eagles member, and Owatonna fireman.

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Albert Lea, Minnesota - January 2019

The Albert Lea Eagles Club #2258 raised $6500 and a box full of toys for Toys for Tots. Money was raised from raffle sales of Meat Packs on Thursday nights and on Sunday Viking Games. A special thanks to Lois, Julie and Carol for all their time and effort in raising the funds for Toys for Tots. Also Darron Becker who passed away this year in September.

Morris, Minnesota - December 2018

Morris Aerie #620 made a $700 contribution to the Morris Area High School toward the purchase of a new wrestling mat for the Morris Area Herman Chokio Alberta wrestling program. 

Morris Aerie #620 donated $750 to support the habitat and youth hunting programs in west central Minnesota. 

Morris Aerie #620 gave $1,100 to support the local D.A.R.E. program in the local elementary school. 

Morris Aerie #620 made a $125 donation that will go toward materials for elementary students so they can learn more about fire prevention.

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Brainerd, Minnesota - August 2018

Brainerd Aerie #287 gave seven $500 scholarships to their local class of 2018 graduates and celebrated with the winners and their families during the reception. Each student will be furthering their education at schools across Minnesota and North Dakota. According to the Aerie, many of the scholarship recipients have volunteered their time at #287.