The local Eagles and Auxiliary members met on Monday, Jan. 28, to discuss and plan on the upcoming State Charity Day slated for Saturday, March 16, to be held at the Eagles Club on East 3rd street in Tama. The Madam and Worthy State Presidents pick the charity each year and this year it is the Iowa Chapter of "Make-A-Wish" Foundation headquartered in Urbandale, lowa.
The National Foundation began in 1980 when a 7-year-old boy in Arizona who was suffering with leukemia dreamed and wished to become a police officer. He couldn't know that his wish would be the inspiration for the largest wish granting organization in the world. He was taken on a helicopter ride and was sworn in as the first DPS patrolman in State History. The Iowa Foundation began in 1987. Both State and National Foundations grant the wishes of children with life threatening conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. A social worker had this to say: "Make-A-Wish" makes a huge difference in kids lives. When there isn't a cure, there is still something in their lives to look forward to".
The events for March 16 are scheduled with an Auction at 2 p.m. A supper from 5-7:30 p.m. and musical entertainment until closing. Worthy State President Joe Roe of Iowa City and Madam State President Judy Wheeler of Maquoketa will be honored guests as will be P.S.P. Darwin Thomas of Albia doing the auctioneering. Other P.S.P. and State Officers will be in attendance also.
The Eagles are imploring that if anyone has a gently used item, new items or would like to make a cash donation, feel free to drop them off at the Eagles Hall in Tama at 112 E 3 rd St. from 2 to 7 p.m. If you have items that need to be picked up call Larry Webber at 484-5210 or Jeff Dostal at 484-6708 and they'll be happy to make an appointment with you. You have the power to make a child's dream come true.