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On April 5, Cocoa Beach Elks Lodge #2387 donated $1,000 each to the Club Zion Community Church food pantry and the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry, an outreach of Our Saviour Catholic Church. Both pantries are located in Cocoa Beach, Florida. An Elks National Foundation Beacon Grant was used to fund the donations, which now total $6,000 for this year. Pictured are the Club Zion Community Church food pantry and volunteers of St. Vincent de Paul food pantry.


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On April 6, Vero Beach Elks Lodge #1774 held its annual Easter egg event at Wabasso School in Wabasso, Florida. The school is a special education center serving students ages 5 to 22. Within a safe and supportive learning environment, the children develop their academic and independent living skills to meet post-secondary goals and successful community integration. As always, Elroy the Elk was the big hit of the day. All students received their own Easter basket with stuffed animals. After some time to find their hidden eggs, the children were treated to juice and cupcakes. funding for this event came from the Elks National Foundation Gratitude Grant.

Pictured are lodge members Carol Palowich; Joe Palowich, PER; Rich Miller, PER; Kathi Miller, Secretary; Elroy the Elks (Ken Roberts); Bob Dowgiallo; Carol Trombley; Scott Hensel; and Jim Rannazzisi, PER.

Also pictured are two students with Elroy.


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Vero Beach Elks Lodge #1774 had 109 participants in the Americanism essay contest. Nine students, pictured April 18, were chosen as winners for the Southeast Central District. Four of these students placed in the top three of their age divisions for the state contest — Tripp Gunter, second place, eighth grade (second from left); Gabriel Escobar, third place, fifth grade (third from left); Abigail Dupay, first place, sixth grade (seventh from left); and Daniela Martinez, third place, seventh grade (eighth from left). Pictured in the back are Jane Ferguson, 2022-2023 Americanism Lodge Chair, and Joseph Palowich, PER, last year’s Exalted Ruler during the contest.


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The Port St. Lucie Elks Lodge’s motorcycle riders’ club partnered with the local Vietnam veterans’ color guard to march in the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. The lodge riders were recognized as best dressed.


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On April 18, Pam Saracene presented $5,000 in scholarships from Sebastian Lodge to five graduating seniors from Sebastian River High School. Each recipient was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.