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11 groups benefit from 50/50 rallies

March 21, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The ladies auxiliary of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie 1758 decided this year to distribute the revenue from its weekly 50/50 raffles, and the move yielded $500 each for 11 local organizations.

"I said, 'Why don't we pick charities in Waynesboro and give it to them?' We're nonprofit. We're all about charities - people helping people," Auxiliary President Laurie Timmons said.

Representatives of DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), Waynesboro's K-9 unit, Waynesboro Volunteer Fire Department, Franklin County Therapeutic Riding Center, Waynesboro Police Department, Waynesboro Ambulance Squad, Medic 2, American Red Cross, The Lunch Place, Waynesboro Senior Center and Waynesboro Hospital were contacted and invited to the ladies' annual banquet March 17.

"They thanked us and said it'll be put to good use, which we knew it would be," Timmons said.

The 380-member ladies auxiliary also donated $1,500 to the medical fund of state president Sue Voight.

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The membership has expressed a desire to continue supporting the community and continues to bring forward organizations that would benefit from funding, Timmons said.

"We just get together at a meeting and throw out names," Timmons said.

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