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    A Tree Grows in Hollywood – by Jonathan Gadbois

    Keeping with the fraternal tradition of helping those in need, meeting attendees and their organizations have already generously contributed more than $6,000 for Camillus House, a local full-service center offering a continuum of care for persons who are poor and homeless.  Fraternalists are helping to further the organization’s mission of ensuring every human being the chance to live a dignified life by making monetary donations or by donating gift cards, which are distributed to participants in Camillus House programs so they can purchase basic necessities like food and clothing.  For more information about the 2013 Alliance Annual Meeting selected charity, visit www.camillus.org.  

     
    Attendees who donated gift cards were able to trade them in for leaves that will adorn a bare tree trunk, hence the “A Tree Grows in Hollywood.” The tree will serve as a striking representation of how much a group of dedicated fraternalists can help local communities and I will share pictures of the tree as it is completed. 

    Steve Ollenburg of Modern Woodmen Bank, Jessica Herrington of Camillus House and Joe Annotti in front of the donation tree.

    Steve Ollenburg of Modern Woodmen Bank, Jessica Herrington of Camillus House and Joe Annotti in front of the donation tree.

    The Alliance’s original fundraising goal was $2,500, but seeing as donations had already exceeded $6,000 by Friday at noon, it’s clear we can push to make this campaign an even greater success.  There is still time left to contribute to this worthwhile cause, and I will fill you in on final donation totals as we have them. 
    Jessica Herrington of Camillus House

    Jessica Herrington of Camillus House

     
    Although maybe you cannot be here in person, I appreciate you joining us virtually. Hopefully we’ll see you in person next year at the 2014 Annual Meeting in beautiful Austin, Texas!

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