Under the leadership of its president (and Key Peninsula resident) Mirella Geyer, the Gig Harbor Eagles Post 2809 Auxiliary raised $12,369.10 for charities between June 1, 2015, and May 31, 2016. With just over 300 members on the rolls, a core group of women organized the main fundraising events of the past year, including dinners, auctions, a holiday bazaar and a comedy show. Individual donations to honor loved ones increased the total.

All of the monies were sent to the Grand Aerie Fraternal Order of Eagles charities fund, which returns the money in the form of grants to local universities, medical centers and hospitals.

Charities supported by the Gig Harbor Eagles are the Max Baer Heart Fund, the Art Ehrmann Cancer Fund, the Robert Hansen Diabetes Fund and the M. “Blackie” Floyd Alzheimer’s Fund (all named for posthumous members). One hundred percent of the earmarked money raised is used for research and education.

Each summer, the Gig Harbor club also hosts a dinner to present scholarship awards to students to further their education in academia or a trade school. Applicants must be related to an Eagles member in good standing.