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Holiday Isles Elks Lodge members Nick Babich, left, and Ron De Luca, right, have overseen collections and delivery of donations for veterans since September 2020. They continuously gather and deliver donations from the lodge wishing well to the Bay Pines VA. These donations are items specifically requested by the Bay Pines Veterans Outreach program. Currently needed are items for its male veterans, so during March and April, Babich and De Luca have gathered and delivered clothing items such as sweat pants and gym shorts valued at $850.

 

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Kissimmee Elks Lodge #1873 used its $2,000 Elks National Foundation Spotlight Grant to provide welcome home gifts to veterans experiencing homelessness and who have been approved for subsidized housing by the VA. Approval was obtained after interviews and examination of their fiscal and physical ability to maintain a residence. They will be given startup items to furnish their new homes. The grant plus generous donations from lodge members provided goods such as dishes, coffee pots, bedding, microwaves and bath towels. The items were delivered to the Lake Nona VA April 7.

Pictured are lodge members Janice Kirsch, Lorraine Barker, Judy Schmidt, Laurie Fabick, Exalted Ruler Theresa Hebior, Jeannie Platt, Cindy Lee, Marianne Tithof, Steve Hebior and James Platt. In the front are Karen Roper and Joe Waskelis.

 

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On April 16, Port Orange Elks Lodge #2723 presented a check for $554.42 to the Emory Bennett Veterans Nursing Home in Daytona, Florida, to support activities for the home’s residents. In addition to the check, the lodge provides monthly birthday cakes, ice cream and sodas as well as an annual cookout for residents and staff. The lodge also provides technology to support programs needed for the residents. Funds are provided by a Gratitude Grant from the Elks National Foundation. Pictured are Frank Tamberelli, PSP; Dee Glover, Emory Bennett State Veterans Nursing Home representative; and Frank Kuczkowski, PER. Not pictured is Jerry Peterson, Exalted Ruler and Veterans Services District Chair.

 

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St. Petersburg Elks Lodge member Penny Rase donated a Bianchi Grizzly mountain bike valued at $700 for an Army veteran at Bay Pines VAMC. On April 7, Johnny Miller, lodge member and Grand Lodge VAVS Representative to C.W. Bill Young VAMC, presented it to the veteran who was in need of a bicycle for transportation purposes. St. Petersburg has many streets with lanes that specifically accommodate bicyclists.

 

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Ron Goluba, PER, Elks representative to Orlando VA Medical Center, welcomed Deanna Fisher and her family to Winter Park Elks Lodge’s dinner and dance April 2. With her was Captain, a 7-month-old English Lab who is in training to be a mental and mobility service dog for a veteran. Fisher is a volunteer with K9s for Veterans, whose mission is to help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder transition to civilian life once their military service has ended with the help of trained service dogs. Fisher’s family members are members of the lodge and she applied to be a member during the visit. Pictured are Fisher and Captain at the lodge. 

 

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On Feb. 25, Zephyrhills Elks Lodge #2731 donated T-shirts, underwear and socks to the James A. Haley VA Domiciliary using more than $500 of its Florida State Elks Association matching Beacon Grant funds. Pictured are Don Falaas; Shirley Crawford; Ken Fabiani, PER, Veterans Chair; Judy Osgood, Elks National Foundation Fundraising Chair; Paul Nutting, PER; Mark Ruiz, Program Manager/Chief; and Ryan Natzsche, Recreation Director, VA Domiciliary.

 

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On March 18, Zephyrhills Lodge gave monetary donations totaling $2,937.98 from their Florida State Elks Association matching Beacon Grant to five James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital (JaHVH) programs — Comfort Closet, Canteen Books, Patient Advocate Office, Inpatient Chronic Rehabilitation Program and Outpatient Rehabilitation Services. Pictured are Mitra Gobin, Chief Volunteer Services of JAHVH; Frederica O'Donnell, Supervisor IPCR; Judy Osgood, Elks National Foundation Lodge Chair; Ken Fabiani, PER, Lodge Veterans Chair; and Janett Lopez, JAHVH volunteer.

 

1352 run

On Feb. 27, West Palm Beach Elks Lodge #1352 held a 5K virtual run for the Army of Hope and raised $750. Participants could run outside the lodge or let your elk run it for you on the elk racing board.

 

1912 card

Donations of different items totaling $450 in value were collected by the Holiday Isles #1912 Card Group for the female veterans of the Bay Pines VA. Delivery was made in March 2021. The three women on the left from front to back are Phyllis Burk, Cheryl Pope and Ellen Royston. Next to them, from front to back are Andrea Snow and Diane Piscopo. Along the back are Elaine Hobson, June Tavener, Debbie Kellion, Rhonda Smith, Gayle Carter-Cuno and Betty Thor. Along the side wall from back to front are Joanie Pitney, Georgia Kelley, Loretta Barlett, Nancy Hunter, Beth Schwacke, Sandra Gann, Carol Richter, Carol Isham, Donna Osterhouse, Melodie Marco and Joan May.

 

From Jan. 1 to Jan. 8, Viera Elks Lodge #2817 provided furniture to five veterans transitioning to permanent housing through the VOA/SSVF (Volunteers of America/Supportive Services for Veterans Families) Transitional Housing Program using $600 from the lodge’s Elks National Foundation Focus Grant ($600). Also in January, the lodge provided $144.33 from their Focus Grant to assist in paying an electric bill and new deposit for a veteran.

During the week of March 14, Viera Lodge provided crockpots, nonperishable food items, bus passes and $15 Walmart gift cards to 25 veterans. The $2,300 expenditure was funded by the lodge’s Elks National Foundation Spotlight Grant and other charity funds.

 

From Jan. 1 to Jan. 8, Viera Elks Lodge #2817 provided furniture to five veterans transitioning to permanent housing through the VOA/SSVF (Volunteers of America/Supportive Services for Veterans Families) Transitional Housing Program using $600 from the lodge’s Elks National Foundation Focus Grant ($600). Also in January, the lodge provided $144.33 from their Focus Grant to assist in paying an electric bill and new deposit for a veteran.

During the week of March 14, Viera Lodge provided crockpots, nonperishable food items, bus passes and $15 Walmart gift cards to 25 veterans. The $2,300 expenditure was funded by the lodge’s Elks National Foundation Spotlight Grant and other charity funds.

 

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Past District Deputy and Pompano Beach Elks Lodge member Frank Sellers donated his time and materials to paint the front steps and the ramp of the Naval Air Force Museum in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This is a nonprofit organization for veterans.