Elks Lodge makes donations to local organizations

By Jack Underwood, Staff Writer
Posted 4/21/24

The Elks made donations to the Warrenton High School FFA, the Warren County Backstoppers and Holy Rosary Catholic School.

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Elks Lodge makes donations to local organizations


The Warrenton Elks Lodge held their second annual Mouse Races on April 6 to raise money for local organizations. The event, which also included a prime rib dinner, was sold out according to Elks Exalted Ruler Jeff Scanlon. 

At the end of the event the Elks had raised $2,500 for both the Warrenton High School FFA chapter and for the Warren County Backstoppers organization. They also raised the funds to purchase a defibrillator and wall mount for the Holy Rosary Catholic School’s Athletic Department. 

“We gave a donation last year and decided to give it another donation this year to help the program along,” Scanlon said. 

The Backstoppers, an organization that supports first responders and their families, was also an important recipient of the funds raised from the April 6 event. Scanlon said it was important to Elks members to support first responders and, while many members had attended similar events independently, they felt it was time for them to be more directly involved. 

“We just didn’t feel like it was enough and that we support our veterans, law enforcement, first responders and we decided that we wanted to as an Elks Lodge be part of the Backstoppers organization and give a donation,” Scanlon said. 

They also reached out to the Holy Rosary Catholic School, located near the lodge, and asked what their needs were and if there was anything the Elks could help with. School officials said they were in need of a defibrillator and the lodge was able to put it together. 

“It’s something the Elks Lodge could provide and it would get a lot more use than just throwing money at an issue,” Scanlon said. 

The mouse races are just one of several annual events the lodge holds to give back to the community. Those include their annual “Fall Call” event in October and a Chili Cook-Off in March. 

“You have to have community involvement for the communities to succeed. That’s one of the major things that the Elks is all about is community involvement,” Scanlon said. “It’s amazing that we have a community worth giving back to.”