People Helping People


People Helping People

Charity news from around the F.O.E.


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.


Blairsville, Pennsylvania - January 2021

Blairsville Aerie #1488 Eagle Riders held a benefit ride for Juvenile Diabetes. Between the Riders and the Aerie, a total of $5,000 was raised. The Aerie applied for a matching grant from the F.O.E. Charity Foundation and presented a total grand to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for $10,000. Pictured, l to r, back row, Aerie Vice President Dave Marsh and Trustee Jim Alexander; front row, Trustee Dick Saliga, Foundation Operations Manager Richard Barrows, Eagle Rider President John Clark, Aerie Conductor Chris Elliott and Aerie Chaplain Ted Kepple.