Plant City Lodge Celebrates 70 Years
- Written by Martin Carroll
On October 14, Plant City Elks Lodge #1727 hosted an event to celebrate 70 years of service to the community. Members and potential members enjoyed appetizers and danced to the music of Randall Crawford Band at the lodge. Plant City Lodge was organized in 1947 by a small group of local businessmen. Sponsored by Tampa Elks Lodge, it was primarily a social club for the first 20 years. Not wanting to function only as a social outlet, the organization began supporting the Florida Elks Children’s Hospital and later the Florida Elks Youth Camp and Florida Elks Children’s Therapy Services.
John Hedrick, Plant City Lodge Secretary, and Shelly Carroll, Ladies Secretary, attend the 70th anniversary celebration for the lodge.