People Helping People


People Helping People

Charity news from around the F.O.E.

Weeki Wachee, Florida - November 2023

Nancy Sina, PWP & Mike Bollinger, Trustee delivered a donation check of $3,000 to Forgotten Angels on Friday, October 27th. They take in boys aging out of foster care who are left homeless. With their assistance, the boys have to finish high school/GED and retain employment. They build their own cabin on the 15 acre property. They're taught carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and a myriad of other life skills that will enable them to become independent, self supporting men.

Weeki Wachee also donated art & pantry supplies to Veterans Heat, which is a free service to help veterans with PTSD heal. 


Bradenton, Florida - January 2023

When Hurricane Ian came to town on September 28, 2022, Eagle Village suffered extensive damage. Most of the retired Eagle residents were without power for a full week. First to respond with aid was Bradenton Aerie #3171 and the Eagle Riders of #3171. The Riders donated $500 and the Aerie matched their donation, giving $500 plus donating food and supplies. Eagle Village Council members Tom Hejra and Sally Whipple presented certificates of appreciation from the Village residents to Aerie President Ed Rayburn and Eagle Riders President Rick Killion.


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.


Middleburg, Florida - December 2020

The Orange Park Aerie #4365 recently donated $750 to the Special Olympics Clay Rebels Cheerleaders. This Cheerleading Squad supports the Special Olympics and provides a great sense of sportsmanship to its members, athletes and the community. With COVID-19, the Squad has had difficulty raising funds to purchase necessary equipment. Aerie #4365 was honored to help these athletes obtain what was required. Best of all, the funds helped them attend a recent competition where they won 1st place and now have the opportunity to attend their national competition.


Florida - August 2020

Past State Presidents Greg Hall and Beth Spaulding and Eagle Riders Chairman Jacob Bland presented a check for $126,311 to the University of Florida’s Fixel Institute for brain research to benefit Alzheimer & Parkinson’s research. The funds were raised during the 2019-20 fraternal year when Hall and Spaulding served as Florida State Presidents.


Naples, Florida - February 2020

Golden Gate Eagles #4028 was awarded with a plaque for supporting the ‘Naples Take a Solider Fishing,’ program. Over the years, the Aerie and Auxiliary has raised $50,000 for this organization, and has made it their primary annual fundraiser. When the program first started, the event hosted 35 soldiers, but now the event is able to bring more than 180 troops and more than 90 captains for a weekend of fun and fishing.