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July 26, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) recently reached a milestone of donating more than $1 million to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. The donations support several research areas and are the result of numerous charitable fundraising events across Ohio.

The gifts include more than $245,000 to the FOE Diabetes Research Fund, nearly $184,000 to the Earl and Jean Bruce Alzheimer’s Research Fund, $153,000 to the FOE Clinical Cardiovascular Research Fund, and $148,000 to the FOE Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund. The Eagles’ Women’s Auxiliary has also donated more than $200,000 to support research in breast cancer, cervical cancer and arthritis.

“We are grateful to the Eagles, its members and everyone who supported them in reaching this remarkable milestone,” said Dr. Steven G. Gabbe, CEO of Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. “Donations from the Eagles allow our physicians and scientists to expand their research into the prevention and personalized treatment of devastating diseases and injuries that impact millions of people."

All 192 FOE aeries in Ohio worked for seven years hosting fundraisers and making numerous donations to reach the $1 million mark. FOE members and their communities held raffles, dinners, sales and other events to earn the money.

“We are honored to partner with Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. Our members have seen many great things come from research there and we intend to continue our support for research at Ohio State,” said Ken VanStreader, past president of the Ohio FOE.

Founded in 1898, the FOE works to fulfill its mission of people helping people by funding research in areas such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and spinal cord injury, raising money for neglected and abused children, and working for social and civic change.


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