Who are the Elks? Even if The Elks is an organization you have heard of, not many people are aware of exactly who they are today and what they do for their community. The Elks have been around for over 141 years, and have gone through many changes. Today there are over 2000 lodges all over the United States with more than 850,000 brothers and sisters. Every year The Elks spend more than $80,000,000 to benefit causes such as youth activities, special needs children, and veterans.
The Cranford Elks, Lodge #2006, currently has over 300 members from all walks of life, male and female, of all ages. They meet twice a month, most months, to discuss Lodge business and charitable activities. Members participate in charitable events at the lodge, district, and state level. Some events the Cranford Elks has hosted this year are a Beefsteak Dinner, with proceeds going to the Elks National Foundation, whose mission is to build stronger communities by investing in our youth and veterans, a Charity Ball to raise money for Camp Moore, where special needs children from NJ can go to summer camp, and a Home Brew Beverage competition to raise money for the Army of Hope (see links below for more information on these charities). Currently members are also collecting food and coats for local charities and churches which is done every fall. Cranford Elks members have also participated on a district level to serve meals to our special children and the counselors at Camp Moore, as well as Veterans, both at lodges as well as at the NJ Veterans Memorial Home in Menlo Park and Lyons Veterans Hospital. At the state level, money was donated at the Army of Hope Picnic, which raised over $160,000.
So whether the Elks is an organization you have never heard of, or just not have realize is such a huge part of the community, here is a just a small sample of their contributions this year alone. For more information, please feel free to contact the Cranford Lodge via the below contact information.
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks http://www.elks.org/
Elks National Foundation http://www.elks.org/ENF/mission.cfm