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District Reporter: Donna Powers

Delray Beach Elks Raise and Donate Funds

Delray Beach Lodge held an Independence Day picnic for 140 members. Their biannual golf tournament raised $4,000 for local charities. The lodge sponsored 13 children to the Florida Elks Youth Camp. They partnered with local businesses to provide transportation for the campers. The lodge also started serving monthly dinners at the Veterans Administration’s Fisher House in West Palm Beach.

Other donations by the lodge included $1,000 to the Delray Beach Fire Rescue-Explorer Scholarship, $1,000 for the Brotherhood Ride, $1,500 to the City of Delray’s National Night Out, $1,000 to the FSEA Historical Program (parade in Washington, D.C.), $1,000 to the Delray Community Wellness Center, $1,000 to an Eagle Scout, $1,000 to The Children’s Healing Institute, $1,100 to the Palm Beach School for Autism; $1,100 to the Harry-Anna Investment Fund, and $3,000 to the Elks National Foundation.


Hollywood West Lodge News

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At the Davie Rodeo, Hollywood West Elks Lodge members celebrated Youth Awareness Day. Over 4,500 children from area summer camps attended. The drug awareness trailer and Elroy the Elk were there to provide literature on drug awareness. Each child received a toy.

A Hollywood West Lodge member coordinated a motorcycle ride for the Harry-Anna Investment Fund, and another member donated a TV for a raffle which brought in $1,600 for the Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services and Florida Elks Youth Camp. Other donations included $3,626 for the Elks National Foundation and Harry-Anna Investment Fund presented at State President Gerace’s visit; $200 to the local Police Athletic League; and $500 to the Hope Outreach Center where members volunteered at their annual Children and Families Social Fair. The lodge received a $500 President’s Grant for their charity work.


Boca Raton Elks Support their Community

With their Gratitude Grant, Boca Raton Elks Lodge #2166 provided 168 new dictionaries for third graders in a local school. They presented the Boca Raton High School marching band with a check for $500 to be used for the advancement of the program. They held a Fourth of July picnic for the enjoyment of their members. The lodge also made a $1,000 donation to the Harry-Anna Investment Fund at State President Gerace’s visit to the district. They were honored with the presentation of a $500 President’s Grant for the continuation of their charitable work.


Delray Beach Elks Welcome Brotherhood Riders

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The 2017 Brotherhood Ride made a stop at Delray Beach Lodge and honored Officer Christine Braswell, the only female member of the Delray Beach Police Department S.W.A.T. team. Braswell died in an off-duty accident. This year’s ride was dedicated to 20 fallen heroes from Florida and New York. Thirty riders and 15 support members honored them by cycling through Florida in seven days covering over 600 miles and averaging 80-100 miles a day. The ride began July 23 in Naples and traveled up the west coast, over to the central part of the state and then down the east coast and ended July 29 in Miami. They stayed and ate meals at Elks lodges along the way.

The Brotherhood Ride is a nonprofit charity organization that consists of firefighters, law enforcement officers and EMS personnel. Their mission is to provide emotional and financial support to the families on or near the anniversary of their death.


Delray Beach National Night Out was Another Success

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Delray Beach Elks Lodge #1770 was one of many businesses that partnered in Delray Beach’s National Night Out, a police event held in communities throughout the country to strengthen bonds with residents and raise awareness about issues in their areas. This year’s National Night Out focused on preventing bullying as well as crime and drug use. The free event included children’s games, music, food and entertainment.

Elroy, the Elks drug awareness mascot, handed out 350 Elks drug awareness bags filled with coloring books and antidrug pamphlets. Delray Beach Police’s SWAT team and motorcycle unit held demonstrations for residents. City officials, firefighters and paramedics also attended. The Delray Police Department gave away backpacks filled with school supplies to 600 children who attended the event.

“National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year-round,” Police Chief Goldman said. “It is a wonderful opportunity for communities across the city to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention and neighborhood camaraderie.”

Elroy the Elk meets two young attendees at the Delray Beach National Night Out.

Attending the Delray Beach National Night Out were Mayor Cary Glickstein, Elroy the Elk, Delray Beach member Carol Eaton, and well-known volunteer and activist in Delray Beach, Joycelyn Patrick.


Boca Raton Elks Hold Kids Day

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Boca Raton Lodge held their fourth annual Kids Day at the Broward Children’s Center’s Preschool for developmentally impaired children Monday, June 12, as their Beacon Grant project. Lodge members and four young FAU veterans participated.

A touching interaction was captured during Boca Raton Lodge’s Kids Day of a young veteran with a student.


Boca Raton Elks Include JROTC for Flag Day Ceremony

2166 flag dayBoca Raton Lodge held a Flag Day ceremony and dinner dance at the lodge. The Boca Raton High School Navy Junior ROTC participated in the ceremony. Pictured are Donna Powers, Boca Raton Lodge Exalted Ruler; the BRHS NJROTC members; and Past State President and Flag Day Chairman, Vincent Como.






Hollywood West Elks Reach 50 Years and Hold a Charity Motorcycle Ride

Hollywood West Lodge and its members were featured in a local newspaper chronicling the lodge’s 50 years of service to the community. The article informed readers of the programs that support youth and veterans, emphasizing the Hoop Shoot and the lodge’s very active involvement with the Sandy Nininger Veterans Nursing Home and with the Honor Flight.

Member Benny Stravato organized a motorcycle ride to benefit the Harry-Anna Trust Fund. Several dozen bikers from the Elks and neighboring lodges made a roundtrip ride to Okeechobee, Fla., stopping several times along the way. Upon their return, they enjoyed a barbecue dinner. All proceeds from the ride were donated to the Harry-Anna Trust Fund.

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Delray Beach Elks Honor First Responders and Give Back to their Community

Delray Beach Lodge held its annual country western dinner dance. Members and guests enjoyed bull rides and a costume contest. The function raised $10,000 for Sunny Shores Sea Camp, a respite camp for children and families with cystic fibrosis.

Delray Beach Lodge held an awards dinner and included local firefighter/paramedic, police officer and ocean rescue of the year. The lodge was also awarded a business plaque for their recent donation of $1,000 to Carver Middle School.

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Delray Beach PER Joe Altamonte, left, poses with first responders at the lodge awards dinner.

Other donations made were $3,000 to Elks National Foundation, $500 to Cruiser Palooza, $500 to Santiago Kids Fund, $1,000 to the Special Olympics Bowling League, $1,000 to the Kids Rule Golf Camp, $2,000 to Delray Beach Children Boxing, $1,500 to victims of domestic abuse and $1,000 to the city of Delray Campaign for grade level reading.


Boca Raton Elks Remain Busy in their Community

Boca Raton Lodge held a successful blood drive and continues to serve breakfast to members and their guests each month. They held a Mother’s Day ceremony at the lodge and enjoyed lunch afterwards. Seventeen members attended the state convention in Orlando, Fla. On Memorial Day, the lodge was once again represented at Boca Raton’s annual Memorial Day ceremony at the local cemetery. The Exalted Ruler was one of the guest speakers. The lodge donated 246 pounds of food to Boca Helping Hands for distribution to needy local families. They donated $500 to Island Dolphin Care to help them continue their dolphin therapy program for adults and children. They also donated $1,500 to the Boca Raton High School Navy Junior ROTC.


Hollywood West Elks News

On Jan. 7, Benny Stavato, a Hollywood West Lodge member, coordinated a motorcycle fundraiser ride to raise money for friend Steve Vanpelt’s wife, Maria, who is battling cancer. Stavato and lodge volunteers distributed donation jars to various establishments and neighboring lodges throughout the area. The ride raised over $1,000.

2365 GER ZellenOn Feb. 7, the lodge was honored to receive a surprise visit by Grand Exalted Ruler Michael Zellen who was in town visiting his sister-in-law who was hospitalized. GER Zellen spoke about Elkdom with a group of eight who were at the lodge to attend orientation.





The Hollywood West Lodge 50th Anniversary Committee met weekly during the past quarter to plan the lodge’s 50th anniversary gala which was held Saturday, March 18. This spectacular celebration began with hors d’oeuvres followed by a catered dinner, a live band and photo shoot. There were approximately 128 members and guests in attendance. Attendees received a 50th anniversary Hollywood West Elks Lodge commemorative glass and yearbook.


Boca Raton Firefighter Chiefs Remain Cook-off Champions

Boca Raton Elks Lodge #2166 held its annual chili cook-off Jan. 17. The challenge was issued to the Boca Raton firefighters to do their best to outcook the members. Fifteen different types of chili were entered for judging by the firefighters and members. There were 110 people who came to taste and judge and over $500 was raised for local charities. The Boca Raton firefighter chiefs won the match for the second year in a row. The chiefs are also Elks but entered the contest as firefighters.


Louisiana State Legislature Increases New Orleans Hotel Occupancy Tax

The Legislature of the State of Louisiana has acted to increase the New Orleans Hotel Occupancy Tax from 13% to 14.75% effective April 1, 2014. This will affect our convention room rates and they will go from $128.56 to $130.52 per night.

Convention Attendees With ADA Transportation Needs Urged To Contact Grand Lodge

In order for the Grand Lodge to support the transportation needs of attendees with disabilities you are urged to contact the Grand Lodge if you require special assistance. Special coaches capable of kneeling to accommodate wheel chairs will be placed along the routes for those in need. If you require assistance please contact Tina or Jessica at the Grand Lodge as follows:




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