MIDDLEPORT — As part of its annual giving, AERIE 2171 (Eagles in Pomeroy) recently presented the village of Middleport a donation of $4,000, a portion of the donation to be given to the village and other agencies this year.
Kenny Utt, who serves as treasurer for the Eagles, explained that as part of the legalized gambling at the Eagles, there is a requirement to donate 25 percent of the net profit to charitable organizations, government entities or schools.
This year, 15 percent will be donated to the village of Middleport, three percent each to the Pomeroy Police Department, Middleport Police Department and Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, and one percent to the Meigs County Council on Aging. In past years donations have been made to the village of Pomeroy and Southern Local Schools.
The initial $4,000 is approximately half of the total donation to the village. Utt estimated that between $12,000 and $13,000 is donated each year.
There is no stipulation as to what the funds donated must be used for, although Utt said he would like to see the funds given to Middleport be used in conjunction with a project with the Lion’s Club which is being planned. The project, which is in the preliminary stages, would construct a shelter house at General Hartinger Park between the splash pad and the tennis courts. Another shelter house would also be considered in Pomeroy near the Mechanic Street area.
“I think it is great and wonderful what they (the Eagles) do for the community. It is good to have a good group of people in town,” said Middleport Mayor Sandy Iannarelli of the donation from the Eagles.
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