Funds will assist veterans, food banks
The Beacon Elks received $4,500 in grants from the national organization that will allow the lodge to assist local veterans by getting them involved in social activities such as bowling, fishing, attending movies and patriotic picnics and lunches.
“The goal is to assist with their physical and mental health, and nutrition; show our appreciation for their service; and assure them that they are not forgotten,” said Exalted Ruler Robert Lanier, of the lodge.
The grants also will support two food banks (including a program in which children in need are given food to take home on weekends); provide supplies for educational programs at the Beacon Historical Society and Dutchess Outreach; and provide lunches for the junior firefighter and police programs.
Lanier said Carl Oken, Kathleen Plumber and Shana Oken were instrumental in securing the grants for the lodge.