People Helping People


People Helping People

Charity news from around the F.O.E.

St. Marys, Georgia - March 2019

With the help of its members, St. Mary’s Eagles #4379 hosted a variety of dinners throughout the month of February, 2019. They were able to raise a total of $1,571 for different charities: Barry & Berta’s Linguini in White Clam Sauce Dinner raised $200 for Hospice of the Golden Isles; Laura & Jaime’s Taco Meal raised $197 for Patio Improvements Fund; Pete & Jennifer’s Jambalaya Dinner raised $230 for the Ronald McDonald House; Paula’s Sloppy Joe Dinner and Jennifer’s Jambalaya Dinner raised $73 for Literacy – Camden Wee Read; AUCE Fish Fry Crew raised $262 for Diabetes Research Center; Connie’s Cabbage Rolls Dinner raised $91 for the Cancer and Heart Funds; and Past Presidents’ Reuben Sandwich Dinner raised $518 for Camden High School Scholarship Fund.


St. Marys, Georgia - November 2018

-The St. Marys Eagle Riders #4379 conducted a Charity Ride on September 29 to raise $2,105 to support Jason Gardner in his fight with cancer. Jason, the son of Auxiliary Madam President Cheryl Gardner and Aerie Vice President Pete Gardner was overwhelmed with the outpouring of support and couldn’t believe so many strangers would come together to help him. Seeing what the Eagles is about, Jason was initiated on October 15 and hopes to help others as he was helped. 

-On October 13, St. Marys Eagles #4379 celebrated paying off the mortgage and officially owning their building with a giant celebration, which included music, food, and the burning of their mortgage document. The Aerie and Auxiliary came together to honor all the hard work and charity fundraising that has occurred over the past 20 years.


Georgia - June 2018

During Georgia’s State Convention, held at Atlanta #714, GA State Auxiliary Madam President Paula Bougher presented a check for $1,300 to Camp MAGIK. MAGIK, which stands for Mainly About Grief in Kids, is a place where bereaved children and their caregivers can heal in a safe and nurturing environment.

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Augusta, Georgia - April 2018

Augusta Aerie #1197 held a benefit for Dennis Bedichek, where they raised $5,696 through a gun raffle, silent auction, gift card raffle, and 50/50 raffle.  Bedichek is currently battling Stage 4 Metastatic Signet Cell Carcinoma, and the proceeds will be used to help him and his family with any medical needs. Bedichek served his country in the National Guard and served his community as a Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy until he had to resign due to health issues.

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St. Marys, Georgia - October 2017

Aerie and Auxiliary members of Saint Marys #4379 came together to provide the community Emergency Management Workers with a hot BBQ meal on the day after the hurricane hit, which caused widespread flooding, destruction and power outages lasting multiple days. It was anticipated that the town would be without electricity following the hurricane and there would be a need to feed EMS workers during the cleanup. Aerie members were proactive, planning the meal, which consisted of pork butts, pork tenderloins, green beans, baked beans, bread and bottled water prior to the storm. Early in the morning on the day of the BBQ, the Aerie came together, spending 12 hours preparing, cooking and serving the meals to more than 150 hungry EMS workers. Some of the police, firefighters and public works personnel hadn’t been home or had a hot meal in three days. The Saint Marys Eagles were honored to help assist these tireless workers in their time of need.