Eagles distribute $2,100 to local youth
October 20, 2012
A slew folks
representing a range of county youth
groups gathered at the Bonners Ferry
Eagles Lodge Saturday morning to collect
their share of funds raised this year by
By Mike Weland
year, hundreds of folks visiting the Boundary
County Fair stop by the Eagles Aerie 3522 booth
for that quintessential fair favorite, cotton
candy, or a refreshingly cool snow-cone, the
perfect treat on a hot summer day.
Most think they're getting just that, a treat,
and while that's always true, what they might
not recognize is that they're also supporting
many of the outstanding youth groups in Boundary
"Some of the days down there get pretty long,"
said member Tom Florea, "but when you remember
that every dollar goes right back to the
community, you don't mind the hours."
On Saturday morning, he and fellow Eagles Mel
and Debbie Wood greeted quite a few of the folks
all their hard work is helping this year and
distributed checks totaling $2,100.
"That's a lot of snow-cones and cotton candy,"
Tom said, though this year's proceeds were down
a bit from years past.
Receiving $300 checks this year were Boy Scout
Troop 114, the Kootenai Valley Junior Rifle Club
and Girl Scout Troop 2171.
Checks for $200 each went to Girl Scout Troops
3142, 4801 and 3802, the Friends of the Arts,
Boundary County Little League and to the
Boundary County Fair Board.
"Most people don't know that when they stop at
our booth at the fair, 100-percent of what they
spend is going back to the community," Tom said.
"But you'd be surprised how many do know, stop
in for a cotton candy and a snow-cone, give us a
five dollar bill and say, 'keep the change.'"
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