“You are the most outstanding, most generous individuals in the country, and I thank you very much,” Jan Fregulia told a roomful of Moose members on Saturday, Apr. 16.
Jan Fregulia, executive director of the Moose Charities nonprofit organization, concluded a five-stop tour of the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Association to meet Women of the Moose and celebrate their fundraising efforts. The visit culminated in a dinner sponsored by Frankford’s Loyal Order of the Moose at Roxana Fire Hall.
The Frankford Moose Lodge Family Center serves the Loyal Order, Lodge 2542, and Women of the Moose, Chapter 2204.
“This happens to be one of the most successful chapters, and they do an outstanding job,” Fregulia said. “To culminate here in East Sussex is such a pleasure.”
The MDDC Moose Association contributes $120,000 annually, which fully funds operating expenses for a house in Mooseheart.
The East Sussex Family Center and area donors gave around $12,500 on Saturday. Regional Manager Jim Hail said the tour had collected around $52,000 total in other Moose events.
Member Ruth McFall said Fregulia’s visit was “unbelievable,” because national administrators rarely visit individual branches and usually only attend major conferences.
Fregulia said it was a humbling and outstanding experience to travel and meet members who contribute to the fraternity.
Fregulia praised the East Sussex chapter for the many official and individual contributions, saying MacFall “is a dynamic motivator, and she just got everybody excited and working hard.”
Founded in 1913, Mooseheart is a community and school serving around 220 children from birth to age 19. Fregulia said guardians may send children who would do better there than in their community or home environment.
She said it is one of the largest childcare facilities in Illinois.
The Moose mission is to care for the young and old, celebrate life and bring communities closer together through service. Two major Moose establishments are Mooseheart near Chicago, Ill., and Moosehaven retirement community near Jacksonville, Fla.