Modern Woodmen fundraiser for local child battling omphalocele a success

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Members of the Sherrard Modern Woodmen of America chapter recently raised funds for the Edmondson family, Hillsdale, by hosting a trivia night at Modern Woodmen Park. The event brought together nearly 500 people with a silent auction, raffles, donations and a bake sale.

The event, held on Feb.2, raised funds to help defray medical expenses associated with Caden’s ongoing care at The University of Iowa Children’s Hospitals. Six-month-old Caden Edmondson was born with an omphalocele, in which many of his internal organs are outside of his body and many birth defects were present as a result. The contributions included $3,000 matched by Modern Woodmen’s home office through the organization’s Matching Fund Program.

The Matching Fund Program offers Modern Woodmen members nationwide the chance to show support for a community cause, organization or individual in need by holding fundraisers. Modern Woodmen matches funds raised, up to a specified amount. These fundraising projects contribute more than $9 million to community needs nationwide each year.

“The community truly came together to support Caden’s cause,” says Joe Schurr, local Modern Woodmen chapter activities coordinator and financial representative. “That support is what Modern Woodmen is all about – members helping members.”

Coordinated by local Modern Woodmen members, chapters provide opportunities to take part in social activities and community service projects to meet local needs. Youth service clubs provide young Modern Woodmen members with opportunities to volunteer, be patriotic, learn new skills, make friends and have fun.

For more information or to get involved, contact Schurr at 309-756-7756 or

As a tax-exempt fraternal benefit society, Modern Woodmen sells life insurance, annuity and investment* products not to benefit stockholders but to improve quality of life for our members, their families and their communities. This is accomplished through social, charitable and volunteer activities. Annually, Modern Woodmen and its members provide more than $26 million and 1 million volunteer hours for community projects nationwide.


For more information, contact: Joe Schurr, Modern Woodmen Financial Representative, 309-756-7756,