GREENVILLE — On Thursday night, a number of local charitable programs became the beneficiaries of donations, courtesy of the Darke County Elks Benevolence Group.
At Elks Lodge 1139, 214 West Third Street in Greenville, Elks Steve Maitlen, Corky Sharp and Bob Grim presented checks to representatives from nine area groups.
In all, $4,350 was distributed. Among those on hand to receive the donations were:
• Melissa Hawes, representing the Darke County Sheriff’s Warm Winter Wear Program ($1,000)
• Ron Mills of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, on behalf of Veteran’s Administration Hospitals ($500)
• JoEllen Melling, of the Greenville Boys & Girls Club ($500)
• Tom Baker, representing the Darke County Shrine Club, for Shriner’s Hospitals ($500)
• Jim Anderson and Travis Nicholas, representing Greenville High School’s Auto Tech Program ($500)
• Keith Denman, of the Greenville High School Naval Junior ROTC ($200)
• Ty House, from the Greenville Athletic Hall of Fame ($200)
• Karla Holzapfel, Greenville High School Counselor, on behalf of the school’s Advanced Placement Testing Program ($450)
• Jim Sauer, for Greenville’s Community Unity Program ($500)
“The Darke Elks Benevolence Group was born for benevolent purposes in Darke County,” said Maitlen. “We’ve been doing this for ten years. Most money raised comes from charity ticket sales.”
He added, “We formed it here, as a non-profit 401(c)3, to go to groups in the county.”
As well, Maitlen said the group fund raises for the Ohio Elks Cerebral Palsy Fund and the Elks National Foundation.
For more information on Elks Lodge 1139, visit the group’s website at www.elks1139.com.
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