Ohio Eagles continue to have positive impact on spinal cord injury patients through charitable contributions

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center sees charitable contributions by Ohio Eagles as crucial


In a recent letter to all members of the Ohio State Aerie of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, new State President and Ohio Veterans and Fraternal Charitable Coalition Boardmember Jim Donaldson urged them to continue their support of the East Central Regional Lew Reed Spinal Cord Injury Fund.


“My special charity for my year as state president is the ‘the walking machine’ project at The Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center and their affiliate, the NeuroRecovery Network,” Donaldson said.


The “walking machine”, more formally known as a Body-Weight Support System, is truly groundbreaking technology. The patient’s body is suspended over a treadmill using a harness system while specially trained therapists move their legs to simulate walking. This innovative training helps awaken nerve pathways by repetitively stimulating the muscles and nerves in the lower body.


So far the Eagles have raised over $30,000 for the new Body-Weight Support System with financial support continuing from clubs across the state that participate in the OVFCC’s charitable raffle program.


“Much of the money in our Lew Reed Spinal Cord Injury Fund comes from Eagle clubs that participate in the charitable raffle program. During my three years on the OVFCC Board, my other passion has become implementing a successful and accountable video raffle program. Since the OVFCC started that program, we have helped raise over $2.4 million dollars for Eagle charities and Aeries across the state. It’s a great tool for our clubs and the charities they support and is truly a step in the right direction for our Aerie’s to embrace their charitable efforts, as well as pay some of our internal pressing needs”.


“This electronic raffle program is going to help purchase another body-weight support system that would double the Wexner Medical Center’s treatment capacity and reduce their patient waiting list”, said Donaldson.


“Isn’t that something? Just think of the impact this will have on future patients and their families”.

September 28th, 2015

Major milestone reached by OVFCC over Labor Day weekend

Over $16 million raised since program started; over $4 million raised for charity year-to-date


This past Labor Day weekend the Ohio Veterans and Fraternal Charitable Coalition’s charitable video raffle program hit another major milestone; $16 million raised for our members and the charities they support. Even more impressive is that the program has raised over $4 million for charity this year alone!  This is truly remarkable and could not have been accomplished without the support of our organizations and their individual members.  It is a great example of veterans and their supporters helping veterans in need!


The charitable video raffle program has been operating under a temporary restraining order against the State of Ohio since December of 2013 after abiding by the Attorney General’s request to shut down the program. Since receiving the TRO, the program has generated in excess of $9.4 million for our organizations and their charities.


September 9th, 2015

Ohio veteran of three wars receives mobility scooter through video raffle funds

$15.5 million now raised for Ohio charities




The OVFCC gets a “thumbs up” from 3-war veteran James Cashier. Proceeds from the OVFCC’s charitable video raffle program were used to purchase the scooter.

Columbus, Ohio (August 3, 2015) – James Cashier fought for our country in three wars: World War II, Korea and Vietnam. But in his later years he has become much less mobile and has been mostly confined to his home. He was in need of a lightweight scooter that his wife could lift in and out of their car and was having trouble obtaining this particular type of scooter. The Ohio Veterans and Fraternal Charitable Coalition (OVFCC) became aware of Mr. and Mrs. Cashier’s need, and with the help of VFW of Ohio Charities, purchased a new three-wheel lightweight scooter for Mr. Cashier.



Mr. Cashier says the scooter has changed his life and has given him the ability to leave his home with relative ease, considering his health. He expressed great gratitude to the OFVCC and VFW of Ohio Charities, who were honored to help.



“Mr. Cashier served our country in not just one, but three wars. We owe it to he and his wife to give them the ability to leave their home as long as they are able,” said Bill Seagraves, President of the OVFCC and Executive Director of VFW of Ohio Charities.



Funds for the mobility scooter were raised through the OVFCC’s charitable video raffle program, which has now generated over $15.5 million for Ohio charities, helping veterans like James Cashier live their lives to their full potential.

August 3rd, 2015

Ohio video raffle program reaches $15 million mark for charities!

Hundreds of local charities throughout Ohio benefit from support


Columbus, Ohio (July 9, 2015) – The Ohio Veterans and Fraternal Charitable Coalition (OVFCC) announced this week that its video raffle program has now raised over $15 million for Ohio charities.


The funds directly benefit veterans’ posts, fraternal lodges and hundreds of local 501(c)(3) charities; fifty percent of the revenue supports the posts and lodges and fifty percent supports local 501(c)(3) charities in communities across Ohio.


Below is a sampling of just some of the important work veterans and fraternal organizations are doing to support local charitable causes that are so vital to our local communities throughout Ohio. These initiatives have been made possible through funds raised by the video raffle program:










July 13th, 2015

Charitable video raffle program provides funding for Ohio veteran’s burial

Program surpasses $14.5 million raised for Ohio charities


Columbus OH (June 11, 2015) – John L. Brooks was a 1975 graduate of Meadowdale High School in Dayton. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a member of the 19th Air Refueling Wing also known as the “Black Knights” during the Gulf War.


After his service in the military, Mr. Brooks became estranged from his family and passed away on April 12th 2015. Unfortunately, his family was unable to afford the expense of his burial.


Gus Bitali, a fellow Air Force veteran and member of the 19th Air Refueling Wing learned of Mr. Brooks’ death through the Black Knights’ Facebook page. Gus was bothered by the thought of a fellow veteran not receiving a proper burial. “I was disturbed to hear that the body of a fellow Black Knight might be turned over the coroner due to lack of funds for a burial” said Mr. Bitali. So he reached out the VFW of Ohio Charities to see if the organization could help pay the cost.


VFW of Ohio Charities provided funding for the burial and Mr. Brooks was laid to rest with honor at Dayton National Cemetery. “All veterans who served our nation deserve to be buried with dignity,” said Bill Seagraves, Director of VFW of Ohio Charities. “It sounds like Mr. Brooks encountered some difficult times after his service. We were honored to help. It’s the least we could do to show respect for his service.”


Funds for the burial expenses were provided through the Ohio Veterans and Fraternal Coalition’s charitable video raffle program. As of June, the OVFCC charitable video raffle program has helped raise over $14.5 million for veterans and fraternal groups and their local charities. Organizations keep fifty percent of the revenue to support their posts and lodges and fifty percent is given to local charities and causes such as rent payments and burial expenses and for indigent veterans.


The OVFCC is the voice of more than 2.1 million members and their families who are active in more than 1,700 posts and clubs throughout the State of Ohio. The OVFCC is an unincorporated association that was established in 2003 to achieve consensus and develop policy on various issues affecting Ohio veterans and fraternal organizations. Member organizations have input regarding charitable gaming as well as legislation, rules and regulations that impact veterans and fraternal organizations.



OVFCC President Bill Seagraves can be reached for further comment at (614) 222-1611


For more information about the OVFCC, please visit http://www.ovfcc.org

June 11th, 2015