Bo Highers says the Fraternal Order of Eagles cares about local charities and that's the motivation for putting on Jamfest.

Jamfest is a day-long musical concert that starts at 10 a.m. and continues until midnight on Saturday at the FOE Aerie 4042 at 4090 Chandler Road.

Money raised from the event will go to The Barracks, Kelly B. Todd Cerebral Palsy and Neuro-muscular Center and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, said Highers, a trustee with the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE).

"Kelly B. Todd is one of my favorites because it's local," he said. "The Barracks takes homeless veterans or veterans who are struggling to re-adapt and transition them back into productive society. As for the Fraternal Order of Eagles and in order to help people, you have to help yourself to keep the doors open."

Tickets for the all-day event are being sold at $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Alcohol will be served, and no one under the age of 21 will be permitted, Highers said.

The Muskogee chapter began in May 1984.

"We're a nonprofit people helping people," Highers said. "An aerie is where eagles have their nests on cliffs. There are five aeries in Oklahoma."

A list of 14 bands will play in 45-minute intervals throughout the day. Local musicians Billy Arnett and Wes Parish are scheduled to perform at Jamfest.

"We'll have different genres," Highers said. "We'll have food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. This event is a good way for people to see our aerie and what it does for the community."

The FOE chapter has helped flood victims and the USS Batfish. An organization is picked monthly, and money is raised to help that organization.

Barbara Sipes of Tahlequah is the state president, Highers said.

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