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Stag and Doe fundraiser packs Detroit Lakes Eagles Club

The Eagles Club Aerie 2342 in Detroit Lakes held its annual Stag and Doe fundraiser on April 2. Patrons were able to participate in gun and meat raffles and enjoy a roast beef dinner; proceeds supported the clubs charitable donations program.

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Volunteers served roast beef dinner during the Eagles Club Aerie 2342 Stag and Doe fundraiser in Detroit Lakes on April 2, 2022.
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DETROIT LAKES — The tables were filled at the Eagles Club in Detroit Lakes for the group's Stag and Doe fundraiser on April 2.

The Eagles Club Aerie 2342 served a roast beef dinner, held gun and meat raffles, and allowed patrons to participate in video horse racing during the event.

"It's packed to the gills," said Mary Lee, bar manager at the Eagles Club. "Any money we make, we give to charity, and in the last few months we've donated to hospice, FFA, Boy Scouts, Lakes Crisis and Resource Center, Alzheimer's — so any money we raise, we donate back to the community."

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Eight firearms were displayed for a raffle during the Stag and Doe fundraiser in Detroit Lakes on April 2, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

Raffle tickets and dinners were sold for $30 in an effort to raise money for the club, which donates to local charitable organizations and supports members dealing with hardships.

"It's just important for the community," she said.

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In May, the club sponsors a motorcycle ride with the proceeds being donated for lupus research, and it also helps with the Street Faire in Detroit Lakes every June.

Lee said the club is always looking for new members, but is also open to the public and everyone is encouraged to come out for Bingo, karaoke and other events sponsored by the club.

The club also has a memorial foundation, which supports members' families if they are experiencing hardship.

"Two people in the community have actually needed that," she said. "Because if you get a doctor bill, you send it to Eagles and you don't pay it."

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Richard Alberts, gaming manager at the Eagles Club in Detroit Lakes, helps a patron fill out a raffle ticket.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

Richard Alberts, gaming manager at the Eagles Club, said the whole goal on the gaming side is to raise as much money as they can to give to charity.

"It's a good event, and of course we weren't able to do it last year with COVID, so it's been a couple years, but it's always one of our biggest events," said Alberts. "It's just a good opportunity for everybody to get together and enjoy game and camaraderie."

Alberts said Friday nights are always fun, with karaoke featuring Jerry the King, and Monte, who's an Elvis impersonator. The club just installed a new dance floor and he wants to see more people use it.

"I think a lot of folks think it's a private club, but it's open to the public and we welcome anybody that comes in here," he said.

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Patrons pack the tables during the Eagles Club Aerie 2342 Stag and Doe fundraiser on April 2, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

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