Elks Lodge to Host “Evening in Venice” March 1

The Tulsa Elks Lodge will host a charity event March 1 called “An Evening in Venice.” In conjunction with this fundraiser, the Elks Lodge is having a silent and live auction with casino activities.

The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with wine, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and the auctions. Last year, the Lodge’s first year for the event, approximately 285 attended; the organization expects an even larger attendance in 2008.

Auctions items will include golf packages, gift certificates, hotel rooms, chrome wine chiller, four nights in five star resorts in Hot Springs, Ark., autographed ORU basketball and tickets, University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State baskets, limousine tours, dance lessons and various beauty and spa packages.

The lodge will share the proceeds of the “Evening in Venice” charity fundraiser with Claremore Veterans Center and the Blue Star Mothers of Oklahoma’s “Wish upon a Blue Star” program, which helps honor terminally ill or critically ill Veterans by granting their wish.

Cooper School has been the Lodge’s adopted school since 2000 through the “Partners in Educations” program. These partnerships help educators improve the academic and personal growth of all children.

The Tulsa Elks Lodge, a charitable and fraternal organization, has led the way in donating resources and countless volunteer hours to improve the Tulsa community.

The Elk’s pledge is “so long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them.” The Tulsa Elks Lodge has shown support to Veterans and Cooper Elementary throughout the years. Since the lodge adopted Cooper in 2000, members have donated school supplies for children, provided gifts and clothing for children at Christmas and supplied other needs at the school. In addition to donating funds, Elks club members have served as mentors and volunteers at the school.

Members visit veterans and during the holidays provide gifts and fellowship. Veterans also know the Elks for providing leather gloves for veterans in wheelchairs and donating personal hygiene items and other goods.

For more information, visit www.elks.org.

Updated 02-21-2008

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