Spaghetti dinner set to raise funds for homeless shelter

On Saturday, Jan. 29, The Howell Eagle Riders, a chapter of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, will host a spaghetti dinner from 5-8 p.m. at the Eagles’ Club, 141 Schroeder Park Drive in Howell to benefit the Severe Weather Network Homeless Shelter. Monies raised will go directly to the SWN Guest Assistance Fund. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Cub Scout Pack 362 will be serving dinner. For those who prefer to dine at home, the Eagle Riders are providing carry-out meals at the same prices. Cash bar is available for the dine-in option, only.

In addition to a warm and hearty meal, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a Walden Woods Social Membership, valued at $1,400. These tickets are $20 apiece and only 100 will be sold. Other chances to win prizes include a 50/50 raffle and raffle baskets.

The Fraternal Order of Eagle (FOE) was founded in 1898 and currently has over 650,000 members. The FOE donates more than $10 million a year to local communities through fundraisers, charities and more. As part of its philosophy, the FOE gives back 100 percent of monies raised in the form of grants.

The Howell Eagle Riders is under the umbrella of the Howell Fraternal Order of Eagle and was chartered in 2010. The riders hold events and have activities to raise money throughout the year to support local charities and families. These charities include the Howell Nature Center, Gleaners, Crossroads Church, Bennett’s Beavers, Fisher House, Foundation 14, and the Severe Weather Network Homeless Shelter Livingston County.

The Howell Eagle Riders began supporting the efforts of the SWN in 2019.

“The SWN Board of Directors, staff and program guests are most grateful for the generosity, support and kindness the Eagle Riders have bestowed upon our organization,” said Diane Duncan, co-chairperson for the Severe Weather Network. “We recognize the fact both organizations play a key role in helping our fellow community members in need.  We are excited by our continued partnership with the Eagle Riders on this and future fundraising endeavors that will ultimately benefit men, women and families within Livingston County.”

The Severe Weather Network Livingston County, a nonprofit organization, has been providing seasonal emergency sheltering services to homeless adults since 2015. The SWN organization is operated exclusively through grant funding and community donations. Funds raised through this event will be used to aid the guests in the following ways: laundromat vouchers, rental security deposits, renters insurance, automotive repairs, and LETS transportation costs for guest travel to and from service agency appointments, work, and medical appointments.

One of the goals of the SWN is to connect guests with local human services agencies. By supporting them through the maze of social services, the SWN is able to ensure each guest is taking steps to improve their situation, with the ultimate goal of transitioning into sustainable housing. The Severe Weather Network operates from Nov. 1 through April 30. Homeless adult adults seeking shelter can contact the Severe Weather Network at (810) 534-7625 to check availability; this line is monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For more information on the event, or if you would like to donate a prize basket, email Julie at livingstonswn@gmail.com.

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