Eagles Donate To Community
After receiving numerous requests in recent months, officials from the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie 4274, carefully whittled down their list of potential recipients and awarded approximately $55,000 to area organizations last week.
In a special presentation ceremony held Sunday morning at the Harrisonville club along Lincoln Highway, trustees and officers from the FOE Executive Board handed over sizeable checks to representatives of several prominent community groups.
Among those on hand to accept the generous donations were Deanne Baker, president of the Southern Fulton Athletic Association; Cpl. William Baker and Trooper Ellis Barnett representing Fulton County Camp Cadet; and Game Commission officers Kevin Mountz, Robert Strait and James Fittry of Fulton County Sportsmen for Youth.
According to reports, the Athletic Association plans to use its funding to purchase district jackets for student athletics. Meanwhile, Cpl. Baker shared with the “News” that Camp Cadet has big plans for the 2013 annual camp. In addition to purchasing new mountain bikes as well as the required ammunition, their hope is also to replace their current supply of sweatshirts and T-shirts for the cadets.
Sportsmen for Youth is slated to take its allotment and help promote and expand its current schedule of events offered through annual Youth Field Day.
FOE certainly met its goal of awarding money to needy organizations within the community. In fact, the club eagerly complied with government regulations that require it to donate 70 percent of its gambling proceeds back to the community. The remaining 30 percent of proceeds can be used for endeavors such as building projects, equipment purchases and to help pay taxes.
The end result was that well over two dozen local entities received a generous donation from the FOE headed by executive board President Kevin Hoffman.
In addition to those already mentioned, other groups reportedly receiving donations included:
St. Stephen Catholic Church
Central Fulton, Southern Fulton and Forbes Road scholarship
programs (recent recipients include Gary Swope, Erin McQuait
and Dakota Deneen)
Fulton County 4-H and FFA
Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors program
Fulton County Library
Forbes Road FFA
H3D fast pitch softball team
Center United Methodist
Church Food Bank
Fulton County troops of Girl
Scouts of America
Fulton County troops of Boy
Scouts of America
and McConnellsburg senior citizen
Green Hill Sewing Club
Central Fulton and Forbes
Road athletic associations
Fulton County Cowboys football team
Fulton County Cowboys
Buck Valley, McConnellsburg
and Forbes Road Little League associations McConnellsburg United
Methodist Church Outreach Program Fulton County Food Basket.
“We would like to thank all of
our members, patrons, manager,
employees and officers for making
2012 a successful year,” said Hoffman. “The Eagles Club is pleased
and honored to be in a position to
donate monies to these groups