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On Aug. 26, Melbourne Elks Lodge #1744 used an Elks National Foundation Spotlight Grant to donate $2,000 to the Daily Bread Inc., a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that feeds up to 180 people a day who are food-insecure. Many of those individuals aren't able to afford the cost of food because of implications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The donation will be used to purchase fresh meat, vegetables and fruit.


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On Aug. 5, Sebastian Lodge promoted the Drug Awareness Education program at the back-to-school event at Barber Street Sports Complex in Sebastian, Florida, sponsored by the Sebastian Police Department. Drug Awareness bags containing coloring books, crayons and red ribbons were given to approximately 150 in attendance. 

Pictured are members Tony Vitale, Carol Vitale (also a ladies auxiliary member), Pam Saracene, Elroy the Elk (Mary Ducharme, ladies auxiliary treasurer) and Pauline Talbott, Lodge Drug Awareness Education Chair.

Also pictured are members of the Sebastian Police Department with Elroy the Elk.


Viera Elks Lodge #2817 was packed May 13 for its first 1980s party, featuring local ‘80s rock band Rios. Guests came in costume and the hall was decorated appropriately. A total of $700 was raised from this event, $250 of which came from the auction of a donated guitar and $200 of which was contributed by the lodge’s charity fund. Proceeds were given to the local chapter of Life Recaptured, an organization that supports people impacted by human trafficking. The event was organized by member Heidi Vargas.


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Vero Beach Elks Lodge #1774 sponsored two state winners of the Florida State Elks Association’s Americanism essay contest. Mya Eckerd-Harris was the Division I first-place winner and Luke McGuigan was the Division II second-place winner. This year’s theme was What Does it Mean to Love your Country? Both students attend Storm Grove School in Vero Beach, Florida.

Pictured are Paul Diaz, District Vice President; Mya Eckerd-Harris; Luke McGuigan; Joe Palowich, Exalted Ruler; and Darlene Short, PER.


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On April 19, members from Sebastian Elks Lodge #2714 attended the scholarship night at Sebastian River High School.

Pam Saracene, a member of the lodge and the ladies auxiliary, presented a total of $5,000 in scholarships to high school seniors on behalf of the lodge. There were four $1,000 scholarships, one $500 scholarship and two $250 scholarships.

Diane Lemire, also a member of the lodge and the ladies auxiliary, presented a $1,000 scholarship to a senior on behalf of the ladies auxiliary.