Elks Lodge raises $3,125 for Connecting for Kids

Hank Nest, Elks Esteemed Loyal Knight; Brian Gartland, Elks Past Exalted Ruler; Maria Gregg, Elks Secretary and Past Exalted Ruler; Sarah Rintamaki, Executive Director of Connecting for Kids; Ruth Ann Witteman, Elks Exalted Ruler; Keith Duffy, Elks Trustee; and Eric Palker, Elks Esquire and Past Exalted Ruler.

Continuing an annual tradition, the Lakewood Elks Lodge #1350 in Westlake raised $3,125 for Connecting for Kids through its bowling fundraiser. Lodge members took part in all aspects of the event, which included hosting an open bowling night and two tournaments, donating food and having volunteers run the alleys, bartend and perform cooking duties. In addition, Lodge members provided raffle baskets and even sold tickets and sideboards during the weekend.

All funds raised will allow Connecting for Kids to further its mission of educating and supporting local families.

“One of the principles of the Elks is to invest in programs that enable children to grow up healthy,” said Ruth Ann Witteman, Exalted Ruler of the Lakewood Elks Lodge #1350. “By hosting this fundraiser with Connecting for Kids, our Lodge is helping local families who have children with disabilities, mental health issues and academic concerns find the resources they need to help their child reach their full potential.”

The bowling fundraiser is just one in a series of events that Connecting for Kids has partnered with Lakewood Elks Lodge #1350 on this year. In February, more than 20 Elks volunteered their time to create 250 resource bags distributed at spring resource fairs in both eastern and western Cuyahoga County. Elks members also assisted vendors setting up at these events and provided funds to purchase food for the professionals in attendance.

Lorilynn Wolf

Lorilynn Wolf serves as the Communications Director for Connecting for Kids.

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Volume 15, Issue 10, Posted 8:45 AM, 06.06.2023