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2520 toys

On Dec. 14, members of Aripeka Elks Lodge #2520 hosted a Christmas party for more than 200 children in foster care under the guidance of the Guardian ad Litem program in New Port Richey, Florida. These children have been removed from their families for a variety of reasons and placed in a foster home with a family to care for them. The lodge’s main hall was decorated for the event. Lodge members and members of the Guardian ad Litem program donated toys for all the children, and all 35 bicycles were purchased by the lodge. Lodge members also provided every child and sponsor with food and drinks during the party. Santa Claus even made an appearance to greet the children which was a great hit!

Pictured are all the toys donated by Aripeka Lodge members for children in foster care.


2731 parade 1  2731 parade 2

Zephyrhills Elks participate in many local activities as an opportunity to show the community what they do. One of these was the downtown Halloween parade Oct. 30 called Halloween Howl. Community organizations create floats and this year’s theme was Christmas in Candyland. Members donate candy for Elks to toss to the kids in the crowd.

Pictured in the float are Ceil Muldroon as the Lollipop Queen, Dorothy Sollmann as Princess Lollipop's cousin and David Moyer, PER as Elroy the Elk/King Candy. He walked around talking to the kids about drug prevention. 


2731 hallo

On Oct. 29, Zephyrhills Elks Lodge #2731 member Barbara Conklin, Leading Knight and Membership Chair, and her committee members organized a trunk-or-treat event held in the lodge parking lot. Several cars were decorated and there were more than 100 kids in costume. Members donated the candy to pass out to the kids and talked with the parents about what the Elks do for the kids and the community. The also passed out applications and literature. Pictured by a decorated vehicle is member Cindy Pinto.


2731 special

On Dec. 15, Zephyrhills Lodge hosted a party for community members with special needs. Some attended from Angel Home, a group home where they reside. Lodge member Dorothy Sollmann had a budget of $500 partially raised from lodge members and bingo players. Attendees are greeted with Christmas music from DJ Marc Reed from Tunes 4 You Entertainment, who donates his time gleefully. The partygoers are served hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, ice cream and punch. They can also feast on the many donated cookies. After lunch, Santa makes a visit, talks to them, and gives them stockings with all sorts of goodies and a stuffed animal, donated by Ken Fabiani, PER, lodge Veterans chair. Many enjoy the dancing on the dance floor the best. Pictured are Santa (Jay Klamer, PER), Alona Gibner and Dorothy Sollmann.


2731 school

On Dec. 14, Zephyrhills Elks Lodge #2731 donated 16 $300 Walmart gift cards to the students at Zephyrhills High School who are homeless. The money was raised at lodge events. Pictured at the school are Judy Williams, school IA/parent involvement coordinator; Jay Klamer, PER; Shirley Crawford, Inner Guard and lodge gift program coordinator; and Dr. Christina Stanley, principal.