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Charity news from around the F.O.E.

Virginia - August 2022

During the 2022 Virginia State Convention held in Fredericksburg, Virginia, June 23-25, the Virginia State Eagles were able to present a check to “Homes For Our Troops” for $136,721. These funds will go directly to aid in a build for Kevork “Khach” Khachadurian, who lost both of his legs when he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan in 2011. This donation was the byproduct of a year’s worth of fundraising towards the 2021-2022 Virginia State Worthy President’s Charity Project. 

The raising of funds began in Phoenix at the 2021 Grand Convention where SWP Rock Ruark and other volunteers sold his SWP Magnet to kickstart the effort. “The entire Virginia State Eagle Family got behind this effort and, in the end, raised far more money than I ever imagined; for which I am eternally grateful and proud of their accomplishment,” said SWP Rock Ruark. “This has been a marquee year for our State; with three new Aerie/Auxiliary Homes; 9.9% Net Gain in membership; and now this huge gift” he added. 

Rock himself is a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Army and stated “there was never a doubt as to the type of charity he would select when he reached the seat of State Worthy President; however, when research was completed, it was “Homes For Our Troops” that won out over various non-profits assisting America’s Heroes today”.

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Virginia - September 2020

All of Fraternal Order of Eagle locations in the state of Virginia collectively raised $38,013.30 for the Guadalupe Free Clinic as a part of charity project for Llyod “Tommy” Edwards, member of #4315 and the 2019-2020 Virginia State President. The different locations raised money by holding various events during Edwards’s presidency. The money will be used to assist the Guadalupe Free Clinic with their needs as they serve the town of Colonial Beach and Westmoreland County.

Castlewood, Virginia - January 2020

Clinch River Aerie #3305 held their 7th Annual White Christmas event, where they provided ‘Christmas’ for 160 children from 45 local families in need. Each child was given a new outfit, socks, underwear, pajamas, a coat, a blanket, a pair of shoes, and a toy from their wish list. The family was also given a complete turkey dinner and extra food to get through the days the children are not in school. In addition to what the Aerie provided, Santa handed out treat bags and stuffed animals to the children during the event as well.