Nelson’s Fraternal Order of Eagles (Aerie #22) distributed more than $23

Nelson’s Fraternal Order of Eagles donate $23,000

Twenty-three groups benefit from Bingo funds raised by Nelson’s Fraternal Order of Eagles (Aerie #22).

Nelson’s Fraternal Order of Eagles (Aerie #22) made several local organization happy last week.

The Eagles made a total donation of $23,780 to 23 different groups and causes.

Les Johnson, president of the Nelson Eagles said this year’s donation surpassed last year’s charitable efforts.

All monies donated came from the Eagle’s Bingo games.

“Our Bingo crowds are actually getting larger now,” said Johnson.

In order to be eligible for a charitable donation, groups must contact the Eagles and apply.

“They send letters to the Eagles and we bring it up in our meetings and pass them on to the bingo committee.”

The Eagles club has been active in Nelson since 1899.

“I believe we are the only Eagles in Canada who are still in their original building,” said Johnson, adding that the membership is holding steady and  younger members are starting to join.

This year’s recipients include:

Kootenay Lake Hospital Foundation — $3,000

BC Children’s Hospital Foundation — $3,000

Salvation Army — $1,000

KootenayKiltie Pipe Band — $1,000

Kalein Hospice Centre — $1,000

Muscular Dystrophy — $1,000

Nelson Cares Society — $1,000

Nelson Food Cupboard — $1,000

Our Daily Bread — $1,000

Nelson Boy Scouts — $750

Nelson Girl Guides — $750

Nelson Air Cadets, Squadron #561 — $750

B. McJones Highland Dancers — $750

Nelson Figure Skating Club — $750

Nelson and District Riding Club — $750

Glacier Gymnastics — $750

Nelson Community Band — $750

Nelson Special Olympics — $750

Senior Citizens Coordinating Society — $500

Trafalgar School Breakfast Program — $500

Medical Assistance — $2,650

Post Graduate Scholarships — $500 (four)

Hospital TV Rental — $380.

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