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District Reporter: Donna Powers

Boca Raton Elks Use Grant for Fire Department Tarps

Tarps

Boca Raton Lodge #2166 used its Anniversary Grant to donate 17 heavy-duty tarps to the Boca Raton Fire Department for use during emergencies such as hurricanes. Presenting the check were ER Donna Powers and PSP Vincent Como.

 

Boca Raton Lodge News

Boca Raton Elks Lodge #2166 held their annual chili cook-off in January. The lodge challenged firefighters to bring their best recipes and veterans from FAU did the judging. Close to 80 members and firefighters enjoyed the evening. The lodge also held its first drag show in years. PER Denis Schumacher organized the evening and entertainers from West Palm Beach Lodge put on a great show. The lodge continues to hold blood drives and monthly breakfasts as well.

 

Delray Beach Lodge Makes Numerous Donations this Quarter

Delray Beach Elks Lodge #1770 donated $1,000 from their Gratitude Grant to the Achievement Center for Children & Families for their annual stiletto race fundraiser. Other donations included $1,000 to the following: Atlantic High School for SAT/ACT testing costs; Rebecca’s Holiday Gift Drive for hospitalized children; Milagro Center whose mission is to ensure the social and academic success of children through cultural arts, living values, mentoring and academic support; K9 Warriors; Hepzibah House for Women: Recovery, Restoration and Release from the nightmare of human trafficking; and Community Caring Center of Boynton Beach toward their hunger walk.

Delray Beach Lodge donated $500 to the following: Palm Beach County Food Bank during their empty bowls fundraiser held in Delray Beach (the food bank fights hunger and improves food security through the distribution of food, nutrition education and benefits assistance); Cross Ministries/Caring Kitchen that serves the hungry in Palm Beach and Martin Counties through community collaborations; Delray Citizens for Delray Police; and Cruise Bogle, a 27-year-old Delray Beach quadriplegic, for their Cruiser Palooza fundraising event.

The lodge gave $1,200 to the Miracle League of Delray Beach to buy t-shirts for one team for two seasons. The Miracle League provides children with mental and/or physical challenges an opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league. The lodge celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Elks with a free continental breakfast Feb. 18 at our lodge. Their largest fundraiser of the year, the country western dinner dance, was held Feb. 24, and over $10,000 was raised to benefit Sunny Shores Sea Camp to support their Cystic Fibrosis Family Respite Week.

 

Regional Hoop Shoot Chairman Holds Competition

2365 Hoop Shoot

On Jan. 27, Hollywood West Lodge member Paul Houser, Hoop Shoot Regional Chairman, hosted the competition at St. Paul’s Church in Boca Raton. Members from Hollywood West and Boca Raton lodges volunteered for the event. There were 23 finalists. An awards ceremony followed the competition.

 

Delray Beach Elks Announcements

Delray Beach Elks Lodge’s biannual golf tournament had a great turnout with a profit of $4,000. The lodge also gave recent donations of $1,000 each to the Children’s Healing Institute, Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization, Juvenile Diabetes Research, Elks Disaster Relief Program, Help our Wounded, City of Delray’s Grade-Level Reading and City of Delray’s One Soldier at a Time. They also gave $1,100 to the Palm Beach School of Autism and $2,500 to Heroes and Helpers.

1770 All American

The city of Delray Beach was awarded All-American City for the third time. This prestigious national civic award recognizes the city’s efforts for encouraging youth literacy. The National Civic League, a nonprofit organization founded by President Theodore Roosevelt, has sponsored the All-America City Award for nearly seven decades. Of the 53 communities that applied for this year’s award, the civic league honored 15. This year’s award recognized communities for helping low-income children achieve early reading success. The community’s work has contributed to a 25 percent improvement in grade-level reading for kindergarten through third grade across Delray public schools. Delray Beach Elks Lodge has been part of the youth literacy program for years. Delray Beach received this award in 1993 and 2001 as well.

Delray Beach Lodge Treasurer Carol Eaton, center, enjoys the Delray Beach All-American City celebration along with Colleen Schuhmann and Julia Kadel, community partners.

 

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.

 

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:

TinaH@elks.org

JessicaR@elks.org

 

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