News from Punta Gorda Elks Lodge
Written by Punta Gorda Elks
On April 8, Punta Gorda Elks Lodge #2606 hosted a picnic for the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department staff and their families.
On April 10, Punta Gorda Lodge awarded students of Charlotte County high schools a total of $24,000 in scholarships – 20 $1,000 scholarships and two $2,000 scholarships. On May 28, the Elkettes awarded four more $2,000 scholarships to Charlotte High School seniors.
Nick Jerriry, a recipient of a $2,000 award from Punta Gorda Lodge, is pictured along with Bud Bell; Walter LaCombe, Exalted Ruler; and Pam Snyder, Elkettes President.
On April 21, Punta Gorda Lodge’s 15th annual charity golf tournament, the Chuck Blackhurst Memorial, was held to benefit Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services. With prizes donated by local merchants, the tournament raised $6,203. This brings the total raised over the past 15 years to $71,000.
At the end of April, six volunteers from Punta Gorda Lodge refurbished a bathroom in the Education Building at Crossroads, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) home and charter school for foster boys who have had multiple failed placements in the Florida foster care system. The Elkettes also donate desserts monthly to the facility in conjunction with the lodge donation of chicken.
Punta Gorda Lodge entertained 130 fourth-graders from Sallie Jones Elementary school at a picnic focused on drug awareness. The Elkettes showed a film and there was a poster contest with the two best from each class receiving a gift card.
In June, 84 boys and girls attended the Florida Elks Youth Camp at no cost to their families. Members of the Punta Gorda Elkettes served as chaperones on the bus trip.
On Saturday, June 16, Punta Gorda Lodge once again hosted a fishing tournament for children in the Punta Gorda area. The event is supported by many private sponsors as well as approximately 50 volunteers. Each participant is presented with a hat, sunglasses and fishing rod. Two bikes are presented to the boy and girl who show the most sportsmanship during the tournament. Additionally, family members attend and are served lunch; the event usually hosts 300-400 guests.