Groton Elks Give to the Community

The Groton Lodge of Elks, under the administration of Exalted Ruler Peter Lebejko, is pleased to report its charitable activities for the 2007-08 fiscal year. Lodge members donated thousands of hours and thousands of dollars to its various community programs.

The annual special education party in December was attended by 140 students and staff from area schools. Over $1,000 of Christmas gifts were presented to kids at Waterford Country School. Christmas food baskets were delivered to needy families and the Salvation Army. One hundred Special Olympians were feted at the Lodge. Members’ children and grandchildren were given a Christmas party which included a visit from Santa. The Youth Activities Committee held its annual Hoop Shoot. Donations were made to Operation Fuzzy Feet, and the Mystic Area Shelter and Hospitality.

The Academic Scholarship Committee awarded $800 in scholarships in January. The Lodge helped sponsor the Special Olympics Unified Bowling Team on their trip out west, and the American Cancer Society received another donation.

In February donations were made to Grasso Tech and Stonington High Schools’ alcohol-free graduation parties. The final Major Projects Steak Night for this year was held and will result in a donation to of $6,000 to the Safe Kids Program statewide. The Lodge and its members donated $14,000 to the Elks National Foundation, a national philanthropic organization.

The Groton Lodge of Elks and its membership logged over 6,000 hours and made donations of over $75,000 in cash and non-cash contributions, and is very proud of its community and charitable works. We look forward to another year of community partnership.