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Charity news from around the F.O.E.

Anchorage, Alaska - March 2020

During a mid-winter conference, Anchorage Auxiliary #4207 presented a $5,000 grant to the Anchorage Search Team (AST) from the Alzheimer's & Neurological Charity Foundation. The Anchorage Auxiliary #4207 was first introduced to AST when a member who has dementia went missing. During the search for this individual, #4207 were informed that AST is made up of volunteers and survives solely on donations.

The Downtown Soup Kitchen/Hope Center (DSK Hope Center) provides meals, shelter, laundry services, and vocational training to homeless and low-income individuals in Anchorage, AK. They rely on private donations of food and money to meet the needs their guests. At the DSK Hope Center, their mission is to provide a hand up and out of homelessness. Feed Me Hope Bakery, Culinary School, and future Food Truck help their guests gain the skills they need to transform their lives. The Anchorage Aerie Auxiliary #4207 helped their Bakery and Culinary School with a $2,500 donation to buy new commercial ovens.

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Kasilof, Alaska - March 2020

Kasilof Eagles #4317 held a fundraiser for the Way-Out-Women Cancer Fund Run and was able to donate $4,057 to the cause. To raise the money, the Aerie and Auxiliary had food, a silent auction, split the pot and live music. For the WOW event, a team of women snowmobile riders logged 57+ miles in the hills to help those who suffer from cancer. Kenai Auxiliary #3525, contributed to the total by giving an additional $2,000 to the cause.

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Valdez, Alaska - October 2019

Valdez Ladies Auxiliary 1971 Madam President Sheila Jordan, Trustee Chair Alicia Brown and Madam Secretary Carole Derifield presented the Herman Hutchins Elementary School Principal Jayson Webber, teachers and staff, $1,000 for each grade K through 5th, and gave the VCS Pre-school $500. The Auxiliary also presented the Gilson Middle School Principal Rod Morrison $1,000 each for grades 6th through 8th for a total of $9,500 donated to be used for scholarships.

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Anchorage, Alaska - August 2019

Anchorage Auxiliary #4207 provided Anchorage Search Team with a check for $2,000. They discovered this group (AST) when their Aerie brother Herb Spencer, who suffers from Dementia, went for a daily walk but did not return home. They searched the Anchorage area tirelessly, contacting individuals along trails, placing flyers around town. Herb was found 5 days later; cold, wet and tired. When #4207’s Auxiliary Sister Marsha Lawton inquired with AST as to what the Auxiliary could do for them, their only request was to pay their annual insurance premium. 

The Anchorage Search Team is a volunteer search and rescue team located in Anchorage, Alaska. The team is committed to year round searches, day or night, for all citizens in Anchorage and statewide. All equipment, training/certifications expenses and costs are solely paid by dedicated team members and donations (no government funding is provided).

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Anchorage, Alaska - May 2019

• #4207 gave a check for $2,271 and a box of winter clothing to the Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission. The AGRM’s motto is “A meal, a bed, a soul well fed,” and they plan on using the money for helping those in need. 

• Marsha Lawton, Auxiliary Treasurer for Aerie #4207, presented a $1,000 check to the Anchorage Police and Fire Chaplains group. 

• Anchorage Aerie and Auxiliary #4207 donated $2,000 to Pamela Meadors, Executive Director of Alaska SPCA, and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 

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Kasilof, Alaska - April 2019

Every year the Kasilof Aerie #4317 supports the Way-Out-Women (WOW) cancer fund. They were able to raise $4,000 of combined donations through art, crafts, and more for a silent auction, and organized a fundraising dinner. 

The WOW cancer run is a yearly event where women snow-machine enthusiasts wear costumes and complete a 50-mile ride through the Caribou Hills. All the money directly benefits cancer patients in the local community.

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Kasilof, Alaska - March 2018

Six members of Kasilof Aerie #4317 and Denali, a black lab, participated in the annual Way Out Women (WOW) Snow Machine Run for Cancer in honor of their member Dwayne Whiteley, and previous members Betsy Hester and Laura Harmon, who both lost their battle to cancer.  Whiteley was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 and the Aerie’s have shown their love and support by helping with medical expenses and his bucket list.  This year the race’s them was revolved around Patriotism and the participating members dressed up as Samantha, the Statue of Liberty, the Flag of the United States, a Firecracker and a $100.00 bill. During the race, the Aerie raised more than $2,500 and has collectively raised over $40,000 for the WOW event.

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Kasilof, Alaska - March 2017

Kasilof, Alaska, Eagles #4317 may not have the most members or the largest Aerie in the nation, but it has one of the biggest hearts. The community spirit and generosity of its members can’t be beaten, which is reflected, year in and year out, in its history of helping those in need. Through donations and community outreach, this little Aerie has touched the lives of neighbors who have been victims of misfortune. During this time of the season, one of the ways they touch lives is by sponsoring a WOW team for the Way Out Woman ride.