Florida Keys Elks Lodge #1872 used its Elks National Foundation Gratitude Grant to donate backpacks and school supplies to more than 300 students in the Upper Keys at two events. On July 22, the lodge gave out the backpacks and supplies at the Upper Keys back-to-school event at Founders Park in Islamorada, Florida. On Aug. 1, the lodge participated in the National Night Out, held at the lodge, along with the Drug Awareness State Chair, Denny Tarbell, PDD. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a sense of community. Both events were well attended.
Pictured are lodge members Mike Maxwell, lodge chef, and Brenda Cockrell, lodge grants coordinator, at the Upper Keys event. Pictured at the National Night Out are Frank Veltri, Exalted Ruler; Brenda Cockrell; and Denny Tarbell, PDD.
On May 17, Miami Elks Lodge #948 donated $1,500 to Protect the Paws, an organization that purchases bulletproof vests for area K-9 officers. This gift will armor two Florida International University Police explosive detection K-9s.
Kathe Holmes of Protect the Paws; members Ned Smith, Sharon Weiss, Tim Brockland, Jeff Muehlfeld, Mayda Herrera, Bill Bang, Arian Gomez, Jose Morin, Tony Sellers, Linda Perricone, Adolfo Dominguez, and Gilbert Serein; and Nancy Hoyle of Protect the Paws presented the check to Officer Lance Monaco and K-9 Nitro from the FIU Police Department.
On May 18, Key West Elks Lodge #551 donated its $2,000 Elks National Foundation Gratitude Grant to Kids Come First, an organization that provides students with shoes, clothes, backpacks and afternoon snacks; helps them improve their self-image among their peers; and guides them with the tools they need to assist in their education.
Pictured are Koleen Bethel, vice president of Kids Come First, and Dennis Wardlow, Exalted Ruler.
On March 8, Florida Keys Lodge donated $2,000 from its Florida State Elks Association matching grant money for receiving the Elks National Foundation Gratitude Grant to PKS School. The money will be used for kids' snacks.
Pictured are Sherill Tarbell, Leading Knight; Kim Youngblood, chaplain; and Lori Taylor, principal.
Florida Keys Elks Lodge 1872 set up a booth at the Gigantic Nautical Flea Market Feb. 25 in Islamorada, Florida, to promote their annual ladies dolphin tournament fundraiser. They are raffling tickets for their Florida Keys survival cooler and taking sign-ups for the June tournament. The market is an annual event attended by thousands and is hosted by the local Rotary Club chapter, which works with the lodge to provide student scholarships. All money raised at this event goes towards student scholarships in the Upper Keys.
Pictured are lodge member Steven Weber; NFL Hall of Fame member Jimmy Johnson; and lodge members Chip Worley, Gina Giro, Wilmarie Lopez, and Frank Veltri, Exalted Ruler.