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People Helping People

Charity news from around the F.O.E.

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Port Orchard, Washington - April 2018

Zachary Darner’s little brother got sick as a baby. Wanting children to feel safe in the hospital during Christmas, he decided to start a toy drive. In 2016 Darner ended up distributing 259 toys out of his 50 toy goal. Wanting to continue the tradition, Darner held the toy drive again this year and Port Orchard Aerie #2338 donated 1,500 toys for the cause. The 1,500 toys were part of a large donation the Eagles received four years ago that were not yet been distributed. In addition to the generous toy donation, past President Tom Riedel commended Zachary for his work and made him an honorary Eagle.

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Gig Harbor, Washington - April 2018

Gig Harbor Aerie #2809 celebrated its 70 anniversary where they honored fellow member Eric Asplund. Asplund, 93, has served at his aerie since its installation and is the only living charter member.

(Pictured: The four generations of the Aspland Family, who are all members of the Gig Harbor Aerie – Eric, Harry, Hason, Trisen, Eric’s wife Betty, State Preisident Mike O Conner, Jan O Conner, and Grand Madam President Helen Poehner)

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Washington - Sept. 2017

Many years ago, Dr. Isaac Pope started a friendship with the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Through his many discussions with Eagles, the dream of Pope’ Kid’s Place came to life. The Eagles and Dr. Pope wanted to establish a new Transition/Respite Center for youth. Presidents Ivan Wilson and Charlene Butterfield dedicated their year as State Presidents (2011-12) to the cause and helped raise more than $104,000 for the project. The money was invested with additional donations included as the years progressed. In Sept. 2016, ground was broken on the construction of the center. 11 months later, the facility was officially dedicated to the Fraternal Order of Eagles and named Eagles House. In attendance for the ceremony were Wilson and Butterfield, as well as Eagles Grand Worthy President Tom McGrath.

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Cle Elum, Washington - Sept. 2017

Harry Nelson, a member of the popular local band The Willies, was injured in a motorcycle accident, undergoing long-term therapy and facing extensive medical bills. Cle Elum Eagles #649 answered the call to help, holding a HarryStock event on June 3 to help raise funds to offset Nelson’s bills. The street in front of the club was closed down and featured a beer garden, bands and raffles all to help Harry. The event raised more than $30,000 to help Harry in his recovery.

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Cle Elum, Washington - April 2017

Cle Elum Eagles #649 held their annual Sweetheart Ball Feb. 11, raising a total of $2,476 to donate to the Max Baer Heart Fund. The Auxiliary received a $500 from the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle for the Fund. Holding the check are Co-Chairman Carol Crossen, Stephanie Vogtzinn of Swedish Medical Center and Co-Chair Viva Rogers, the 2017 Sweetheart Queen honored for her outstanding volunteerism.