Pictured are Dave "Red" Dettling (from left), Lori Chesna, Dawn Kehoe and Mark Adent. | Supplied photo
Updated: July 23, 2014 6:16AM
The Blue Island Fraternal Order of Eagles recently donated $13,266 to the South West Special Recreation Association (SWSRA), according to a press release from the association.
As part of the Illinois State Aerie Project, the Eagles donated to SWSRA a total of more than $21,000 in the past 12 months. All of that money is for SWSRA’s scholarship program for residents who need financial assistance to pay for special-recreation programs and events. SWSRA provides year-round recreation programs and services for individuals with disabilities or special needs.
As president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and a member of the Blue Island Eagles, Mark Adent selected SWSRA as his charity project to support in June 2013, and he traveled throughout Illinois visiting Eagles clubs that were working to raise money for the organization, according to the release.
Their goal was to raise money and get the state and community involved for adults and kids with disabilities and special needs. With Adent’s project ending in May, the final amount raised for SWSRA was $21,027.
“I first became aware of SWSRA when my Aerie made a donation to them in 2001. When I was given the chance to try and make a difference in something when becoming a state president, it was a no-brainer,” Adent said in the release. “A kid should be given an opportunity to do what a kid does best, and that is to play and have fun.
“I had traveled on 27 weekends throughout my year, visiting Eagle clubs in Illinois. I hope to continue supporting SWSRA; it’s a great organization.”
SWSRA executive director Lori Chesna and business director Dawn Kehoe attended the Eagles’ state convention to accept the donation.
“I feel so overjoyed by the generosity of a dedicated group of individuals,” Chesna said. “This group worked an entire year to raise money for our scholarship fund, but my joy goes beyond the donation. I’m in awe that Mark, his team and the Fraternal Order of Eagles took us under his wing and helped us in our time of need.”
The Fraternal Order of Eagles was founded in 1898 and since has raised more than $130 million for charity and communities, the release said.