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4 clubs join forces for Easter Egg hunt in Ford City

| Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Bill Shirley | For The Leader Times
BILL SHIRLEY I FOR THE LEADER TIMES Members of the Polish Falcons Club, Ford City Eagles, Latin American Club and Slovak Catholic Union Club meet at the Falcons Club in Ford City on Tuesday to fill plastic eggs with candy in preparation for their Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday. Gathered (from left) are: Gery Freeman, Teresa Moore, Tami Stuebgen, Jasmine Wilson, Rich Hancock, Carol J. Johns, Karlie Righi, Dave Shaul and Rosie Southworth. Tuesday March 19, 2013

FORD CITY – Easter Egg hunts often are hosted by a number of organizations at this time of year. But this season, four local fraternity clubs are setting a precedent by getting together for the first time to host an egg hunt this Saturday at Falcon Park in Manor Township.

Members of the Polish Falcons of America, Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Latin American Club and the Slovak Catholic Union Club have been collecting and filling plastic colored eggs for several weeks.

Their goal is for all of the combined members' children and grandchildren to get together at one time to search for and collect the hidden eggs.

Rose Southworth, of the Polish Falcons, said that although the Falcons have hosted Easter Egg hunts for the past 14 years and have collaborated in recent years with the Latin American Club, this is the first year all four clubs have gotten together for a combined event.

It's a positive thing, she said, because “we're all fraternal organizations and our purpose is to help the community.”

Southworth said the event starts at noon no matter if it rains, snows or the sun shines. However, members must sign up at their respective clubs beforehand if their children or grandchildren are planning to participate.

Karlie Righi, one of the officers for The Latin American Club, said customers and members have been filling eggs with cash, in addition to candy, since March 1.

A week ago, the club had half a garbage bag of filled eggs, Righi said.

“Certain people come in and fill up a whole basket of eggs with change,” he said.

If someone puts a dollar bill inside one, he cautions them to add a coin so it rattles.

He's basing his advice on an event last year when he watched his young granddaughter shake each egg to listen for the rattle of money.

If the kids don't hear anything they think it's empty, he said.

Southworth and Righi said that all of the clubs are all pitching in to split the cost of the candy.

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or bbeatty@tribweb.com.

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