It’s all for charity

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
(Sentinel Photo by Breeanna Pierce) From left, Le Mars Eagles Club Secretary Jim Burnett, volunteer Shirley Kinney, and Le Mars Eagles Club Treasurer Tom Shrader hold up a cross-stitched crocheted afghan, one of the many items to be auctioned off during their annual charity auction, Saturday, Feb. 16.

LE MARS — The annual Le Mars Eagles Club Charity Auction is a major fundraiser for the organization, both in contributions to the community and helping with club expenses.

The Eagles Charity Night will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, and starts with a chicken and chop buffet serving from 5-7 p.m. The auction will follow.

One of the items on the auction has become a tradition, a crocheted item from Shirley Kinney, featuring an eagle.

This year she has donated a crocheted afghan with an eagle cross-stitched on it.

“It took me about 500 hours to make,” Kinney said. “I started it last February when it was cool. I don’t work on things like that in the summer. I had to use a head light to see the stitches when I did the cross stitches.”

She finished the 42-x-72-inch afghan Feb. 1.

“I’ve probably donated seven blankets,” she said. She added she has been doing projects for the Eagles organization for about 12 years.

She got started with afghans at the request of her daughter, Theresa.

“Theresa’s significant other has diabetes, and when they did the fundraiser for that Jim Burnett talked me into it,” she explained. “They haven’t let me quit since.”

The diabetes fundraiser that year was a national effort to raise $25 million for the diabetes research center housed at the University of Iowa Medical Center.

This year, the state of Iowa Eagles is supporting another Iowa nonprofit, Healing at English River Outfitters in Washington, Iowa, an organization dedicated to assisting veterans in their transition into civilian life.

“We also give to a number of local charities,” Burnett said.

Those include free Shrine circus tickets for children, the Le Mars Back Pack program, Le Mars Fire Department’s children fire prevention programs, after prom parties, community betterment program, the Thanksgiving Dinner at Rejoice! Community Church, Little League, and free use of its facilities for fundraisers and benefits.

“Our motto is ‘People Helping People,’” Burnett said.

For Kinney, it’s about giving back with one-of-a-kind items.

“I never make a duplicate. I just try to find something to combine an eagle and a flag, make it and donate it,” she said.

“I just enjoy crocheting, I always have,” she said. “I don’t like it when I have a deadline, but I get it done.”

Burnett serves as secretary of the Eagles Club. He has been busy picking up donations from area businesses for the auction.

“We get donations from local businesses and individuals,” Burnett said.

Some of the items on the auction include a Toro battery-operated weed/grass trimmer, a Toro brushless blower, a toy Mr. Goodwrench GMC 18-wheeler, a pizza oven, a director’s chair with tray, and home decor pictures in the American Freedom Series. There will also be a number of gift certificates from local restaurants, bowling from Sweet 16 Lanes and others.

Brock Auction Co. will conduct the live auction.

Cost for the dinner is $10 for adults, and $5 for children.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the dinner and the auction, and then stay for Kenny’s Karaoke following the auction, Burnett added.

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