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Palm Coast Elks Lodge #2709 held a three-day event Sept. 22-24 with a pig roast, which was open to the public, in conjunction with a membership drive. Gift baskets were also raffled off. With the meal proceeds, raffle tickets and member donations, the event raised $10,000 for the Elks National Foundation.

Pictured are Glenn Johnson, Elks National Foundation Fundraising Lodge Chair; member Mickey Wulff, who donated $1,500; and Bob Williams, Exalted Ruler.


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Bette Dealey, Port Orange Elks Lodge Lecturing Knight and Friday bingo chair, pictured on the right, raffled a gift basket for breast cancer awareness Oct. 14. On Oct. 21, she presented a check from the proceeds for $220 to Valencia Robinson, board member for the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation.


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On Oct. 15 at Merritt Island Elks Lodge #2650, members held a trunk-or-treat Halloween party for local residents. It was a great way to introduce locals to the neighborhood Elks lodge. Members decorated 10 cars with Halloween scenes to delight the neighborhood kids and their parents. Each car was also fully supplied with candy for all the young visitors.

Pictured are guests at the event.


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Merritt Island Elks Lodge #2650 is using its $4,000 Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant to help area residents with food and utility bills through the local chapter of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SVdP). Several members of the Elks are also members of SVdP.

Pictured July 25 are lodge members Kim Johnson and Len Brown preparing to deliver food to those in need.


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DeLand Elks Lodge #1463 sponsored and hosted a luncheon and backpack giveaway July 23 for Children's Cancer Foundation (CCF). CCF, located in DeLand, Florida, provides medical and financial support for children with cancer and their families. In attendance at the lodge luncheon were 45 children, parents and family members along with six members of the CCF staff and six Elks. The lodge sponsorship included $500 for the backpacks and the lunch.

Pictured fourth from the left with CCF representatives is Laura Jones, Leading Knight.


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On June 20, DeLand Lodge made a $450 donation to New Horizons Dog Training, based in Volusia County, Florida, which trains and provides service dogs to those who need them. The lodge also provided the use of their lodge to use as a sort of classroom to introduce the dogs to their new owners. At graduation, they take the dogs and their new owners to Volusia Mall to mingle in a crowded real-world environment to make sure folks can handle their new dogs in a crowded place.

Pictured is the most recent graduating class of dogs and recipients and staff from New Horizons.


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On May 7, Nick Skibba, PER of Merritt Island Lodge organized a kids’ fun day. There were 103 kids and 30 Elks in attendance. The event included bounce houses, face painting and rock painting. Sheriff Ivey was there and an Army truck was giving free rides. The day also included music, hot dogs and hamburgers.


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Merritt Island Elks Lodge #2650 held one of two annual first responder PER dinners April 29. The dinners allow the members to meet the first responders of Brevard County. The lodge paid for dinner.

Attendees pictured outside the lodge are Deputy Martinez, Deputy Brown, Firefighter Ibaney, Firefighter Uzel, Lt. Stephenson, Deputy Crawford and Corporal Jenning.


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The DeLand Elks Lodge Past Exalted Rulers (PER) Association awarded $5,000 in scholarships to local graduates. Funds were raised from the lodge's annual PER golf tournament. Scholarships were presented to the graduates at the lodge's annual barbecue for veterans and first responders June 4.

Pictured are Tom Hopp, PER and Dean Yeager, PER with Joan Fannin and Joshua Brannon for $2,500 each to further their education at Daytona State College.


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Also on March 26, Titusville Lodge presented checks to two deserving groups using funds from the lodge’s Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant. Liberty Lodge Ministries, a program in Titusville, Florida, for men with alcohol and drug addiction, received $2,000. The Women's Center in Titusville, Florida, which addresses the needs of women, men and children who faced trauma related to domestic violence and sexual assault, was given $1,500.

Catherine Simkins, Exalted Ruler, is pictured with Lance Lance Milam and Damian Josephson from Liberty Lodge and Ashley Wong from the Women's Center.


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On March 26, Sanford Lodge hosted an Elks National Foundation (ENF) fish fry fundraiser. The lodge showcased ENF material at each table and had slideshows scrolling with information about ENF.  All food was donated by guests and members. A total of $912 was raised and will be donated to the Elks National Foundation.

Pictured in the kitchen is the cooking crew — Natalia Cadoura; Mike Ambort, guest; A. Bart Peterson, District Vice President; Jimmy Williams, guest; Jeff Bales, PER; Jim Rowan; Danny Horn; and Ellen Peterson, spouse.


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Using its $2,000 Elks National Foundation Spotlight Grant, its $3,500 Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant and the $3,500 matching Beacon Grant funds from the Florida State Elks Association, Sanford Lodge donated a total of $9,000 March 3 to Midway Safe Harbor. This organization feeds more than 150 children a day and enhances the regular school day through high-quality academic and personal enrichment in the areas of reading, mathematics and science.

Pictured are Bill Klinefelter, Inner Guard; Michael Bartz, House Committee chair; Libby Jett, member; Lisa Lindstrom, Leading Knight; Jeff Rumler, PDD, Lodge Secretary; Quin Byrd, Midway Safe Harbor site-based lead; Bert Wofford, PER, trustee; Bart Peterson, District Vice President; Larry Carver, Tiler; Bo Lindstrom, PER, Exalted Ruler; and Alex McKibbin, PDD, treasurer.