The Michigan Elks Association announced yesterday (May 27, 2022) that the Elks of Michigan would be providing contributions to Gaylord residents affected by the May 20th tornado and will be presenting these gifts to the Gaylord community this coming week. The two contributions are in the amount of $10,000 each, one going to the Gaylord Tornado Response Fund and the other to the Otsego Food Pantry and which was scheduled to be presented at the Gaylord Elks Lodge, 5:30pm, on Wednesday, June 1, 2022.
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOElks) of the United States of America is a fraternal and charitable organization, founded in 1868, with over 175,000 members nationally in 1,850 lodges across all fifty states. Over its 154-year history, the mission of the Elks has grown in scope, and now serves the people and communities across the United States through benevolent and charitable programs, demonstrating that Elks Care and Elks Share. The Order spends over $80,000,000 every year for benevolent, educational, and patriotic community-minded programs in such fields as benefitting special needs children, sponsoring Elks National Foundation scholarships, sponsoring scouting, athletic teams, veterans’ programs, a national “Hoop Shoot” free-throw contest, involving more than three million children, physical and occupational therapy programs, and patriotic events.
The Michigan Elks Association is comprised of over 18,000 members in 53 Lodges distributed throughout Michigan. Through grants and gifts, and through the many charitable programs offered through Michigan Elks, these members are making a significant impact on Michigan communities, and these contributions to the residents of Gaylord come with a sincere hope that they will help them recover from the devastation that occurred last week.