MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - On a recent Saturday, the Mountainside Elks Lodge hosted their monthly pancake breakfast to a steady flow of guests. The all-you-can-eat breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, toast and breakfast beverages. All food was prepared and cooked by the Elk members.  

Lodge president Vincent Ditta of Cranford manned the grills, flipping pancakes and hash browns while guests were served the all-you-can-eat buffet. 

For Ditta, it's a family affair with his wife, Val, and son, Steve, by his side. 

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The Elks host a calendar of recurring events, raising money for many charitable causes including  Camp Moore for Special Needs Children, Veterans, and providing community donations and scholarships to local students. 

"We give back to towns," said Steve Ditta. "We've provided AEDs for the schools,  new TVs, and scholarships to local students."

The Elks Mountainside Lodge #1585 is seeking new members, if you are interested in learning more about the Elks, contact lsvv@aol.com or 908-672-2079. "Like" the Mountainside Elks Facebook page to stay informed. 

Upcoming Events at the Mountainside Elks Lodge located at 1193 Route 22 East, Mountainside (Non-members welcome):

Regional Elks Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, Oct. 11 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to benefit the Veterans. Cost is $10 per person. Questions call 908-672-2079.

Spaghetti Night, Oct. 21. RSVP required by calling (908)232-9667.  Doors open 6 p.m. Adults $10 includes dinner with salad, dessert. (12 & under $5) Recommend purchasing tickets in advance. 

Wine & Easel, Oct. 30, 7:30 to 9:30 p.mClick here to reserve your seat. (Scroll down to the event name: Mountainside Elks Wine & Easels) 

Comedy Night, Nov. 18

About NJ Elks:  Elks Lodges are places where neighbors come together, families share meals, and children grow up. Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, by undertaking projects that address unmet need, and by honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans.

Veterans Programs - Since the early days of ELkdom, the Veterans Service Commission has patriotically served Veterans who have fought for our great nation. In 2014 the NJ Elks Assoc. raised over $29 million dollars for NJ Vets.

Army of Hope - Raising funds for the families of fallen and severely wounded soldiers from New Jersey. NJ Elks have also donated buses to transport wounded vets to hospitals and events.

NJ ELKS Camp Moore Special Children - The NJ ELKS Camp Moore is a sleep away camp for special needs children. Local lodges raise money to send campers for a fun filled all expense paid week away from home with one- on- one counselors.

Scholarships - Each year the Elks National Foundation provides more than $3.6 million dollars in scholarships to graduating high school seniors.

Hoop Shoot - The yearly Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Program is open to all boys and girls ages 8 – 13. The contest starts at the lodge level and advances through district, state, and regional contests before the national finals in the spring.

Drug Awareness - The Elks Drug Awareness Program distributes literature and organizes events to make kids and their parents aware of the dangers posed by alcohol tobacco and illegal drugs.

Youth Activities - Other youth activities sponsored by the Elks include a Soccer Shoot, Antlers Program, a yearly Americanism Essay Contest and more.

Community Investment Program (CIP) - Through the Elks National Foundation Community Investment program, lodges can apply for grants to serve their community needs.