26 February Merrill, Wisconsin - February 2019 February 26, 2019 By The Fraternal Order of Eagles Wisconsin 0 Merrill Eagles #584 donated 94lbs. of non-perishable food to the Merrill Food Pantry. The food was collected during the month of December and at the Aerie/Auxiliary joint Christmas party. #584 also made a $500 donation for the Children’s Miracle Networks, Christmas in July program, held at the Marshfield Children's Hospital. Merrill Eagles #584 presented $700 to Cheryl Coyer for Quilts of Honor, which is a nonprofit that provides handmade quilts to veterans and active military members. During Merrill Eagles #584 Christmas party, Les Sabatke presented grants from the Grand Aerie in the amount of $1,000 to both the Enrichment Center and Haven. #584 also distributed a $1,000 check to the Never Forgotten Honor Flight program. They raised those proceeds from their first annual Prime Rib Challenge. Additionally during the Christmas party, Boomer Memorial Raffle Chairman, Bryan Plautz presented a $500 check to the Lincoln County Respite Program. The Respite program began eleven years ago in honor of Mary Geiss and is designed to support the caregivers of disable children. Pete McConnell of Prairie River Middle School accepted a $500 donation from Merrill Aerie #584 representative and Chairman of the Boomer Memorial Raffle, Bryan Plautz. McConnell wrote a grant that started the "Freedom Pens" project in January of 2017. Eighth grade students volunteer their time after their normal school hours to turn pens that are then provided to each Veteran on the "Never Forgotten Honor Flight". Each pen bears the name of the student manufacturer and includes a personal note from the student thanking the Veteran for their service. From the February 2019 edition of People Helping People. Related Articles Merrill, Wisconsin - April 2019 Merrill Auxiliary #584 presented a $1,000 grant to the T.B. Scott Free Library to purchase memory kits. Wausau, Wisconsin - February 2019 Wausau Aerie #251 held an Ice Fishing Tournament to benefit Wausau Metro Adult’s Special Olympics. Chairman and Trustee Bill Kelch, Trustees Jake Sabatke and Meryl Kelch presented a check for $1,500 to the cause. Viroqua, Wisconsin - February 2019 The Viroqua Eagles #2707 were honored with the Inaugural Outstanding Community Organization Award by the Gundersen Medical Foundation. The award recognizes area groups that distinguish themselves through their compassion and commitment to helping others through their philanthropic support. Since 1975, the Viroqua Eagles have raised money for cancer research during a week of fundraising that includes a lutefisk meatball dinner, lumberjack breakfast, raffle, auction and telethon. Through the generous support of the community and Eagle members, $589,800 has been donated to the Gundersen Medical Foundation Cancer Research. Orris Pederson, a 71-year Eagles member and former Cancer Telethon chair, was on hand to receive the award. Raymore, Wisconsin - February 2019 Belton-Raymore Aerie #4146 recently donated $5,000 to the Hickory Hills Veterans Lodge. The HHVL’s goal is to provide care and support to wounded Veterans with counseling and outdoor recreation. The free programs are focused on the physical and mental needs of each individual, with an emphasis placed on peer support and group participation in all events. The money donated will money will be used to buy a truck, providing transportation to go and pick up the Veteran’s. Belton-Raymore Aerie #4146 participated in their first, local Homecoming parade. They made their float into a 1950's theme and everyone was dancing along to their music. Due to their grand parade float, #4146 won 3 trophies: 1st place in best use of theme, 1st runner up for performance, and 2nd runner up for most original. Merrill, Wisconsin - February 2017 The Auxiliary of Merrill #584 presented a $1,000 grant to Cancer Services on January 23. Pictured, l to r, Madam President Pearl Sabatke, Director of Patient and Community Outreach Jane Bentz, and Chairman of the Joint Christmas Party Linda Blake. Merrill, Wisconsin - February 2018 Merrill Eagles #584 recently presented a series of eight donations to local groups with money raised from the annual Boomer Memorial Raffle and grants from the FOE Charity Foundation. These donations include: $500 to Never Forgotten Honor Flight. Pictured, l to r, Honor Flight rep Mike Thompson, Boomer Memorial Raffle Chairman Bryan Plautz and Honor Flight rep Jim Campbell. $750 to Little Lakes Memories $500 to Food For Kids $500 to Quilts of Valor $500 to Lincoln County Respite Program $231 and 74 pounds of food items to Merrill Food Pantry, collected during the annual Joint Christmas Party $1,000 grant to Merrill Community Enrichment Center $1,000 grant to T.B. Scott Library Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.