Eagles Help Flutie Foundation Soar
By Peter Jasinski
LEOMINSTER -- The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism has $15,000 more to work with thanks to the city’s local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
The Order raised the money over the course of the last year and presented a check to the non-profit on Friday.
“In about a year’s time we really crushed it,” said Nate Miley, who served as president of the Eagles’ local chapter during the fundraising. “We had a couple of events, we had a few concerts, different raffles. We also applied for a grant to help us out.”
Miley, who was able to choose what charity the Eagles raised money for, said he picked The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism because of the work his mother has done with people with autism.
“It was something that was near and dear to her heart,” he said. “After meeting with the folks from the Flutie Foundation, our president has chosen to pick this again as our fundraiser for next year.”
In recognition of their efforts, the Fraternal Order of Eagles Leominster Aerie and Auxilary 447 were presented with an official citation by the office of state Sen. Dean Tran to honor them for the money they raised.
Prior to Friday’s check presentation, Miley said the Leominster Eagles also attended a national Fraternal Order of Eagles convention in Dallas in July, where it donated a check for $30,000 to benefit Alzheimer’s research.
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