A generous donation by the Fraternal Order of Eagles will have a significant impact on patient care at Goshen Center for Cancer Care.
Charles and Shirley Riggs, Central Regional Presidents for the F.O.E. Grand Aerie, presented a $5,000 gift to Goshen Health Foundation in October. The grant stipulates that the funds be used for cancer education and equipment.
"We are immensely grateful for the generosity of the F.O.E.," said Jim Caskey, Vice President of Goshen Health Foundation and Campaign Director. "The gift will allow us to make a difference in the lives of our patients and their families."
Each year, the F.O.E. grants funds to regional presidents to distribute to charities of their choice. The Riggs, who are members of Syracuse Eagles Aerie #3760, welcomed the opportunity to donate the $5,000 grant from the main headquarters to the cancer center.
"My grandfather was a patient at the cancer center," Charles Riggs said. "Several of our members of the Syracuse Fraternal Order of Eagles are currently being treated there."
The F.O.E. donates more than $10 million a year to local and national charities for patient care and research. As part of its philosophy, the F.O.E. gives back 100 percent of monies raised in the form of grants. It supports eight major charities: kidney, heart, diabetes, cancer and spinal cord injury funds, a children's fund, memorial foundation and the Golden Eagle Fund.