CLEARFIELD – More than 20 local organizations have received donations, thanks to an ongoing tradition of food and fun.
On Tuesday, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Clearfield Lodge No. 540, held its annual Donation Dinner, where more than $7,000 was distributed to Brady’s Smile; Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging; Clearfield Bison Band Boosters; Clearfield Area Junior-Senior High School Swim Team; Clearfield Arts Studio Theatre; Clearfield Bison Quarterback Club; Clearfield Crime Stoppers; Clearfield EMS; Clearfield Ministerium Food Bank; Curwensville Community Center; Good Samaritan Center; Goshen Volunteer Fire Department; Living Bread Ministries; Moshannon Forest Firefighters Association; Salvation Army Clearfield Corps; Joseph & Elizabeth Shaw Public Library Sneaker Closet; Clearfield County SPCA; Special Olympics of Clearfield County; Susquehanna Rural Free Clinic; Tagg Team Corp.; Boy Scouts of America Troop 2; G.T. Waroquier Scholarship Fund; Williams Foundation; the Nathanial D. Yingling Cancer Center; Young People Who Care; and the Judd Zimmer Scholarship Fund.
Prior to the dinner, the Elks donated an additional $1,800 to local organizations.
Since 1989, the Elks Past Exalted Rulers Association has been holding the annual “High Country Arts & Crafts Fair,” at S. B. Elliott State Park. Patrons to the fair can enjoy arts, crafts, food and live entertainment.
Representatives of each organization attend the event, where they’re treated to a home-style turkey dinner and receive their donation check. Guest speaker for the evening was William S. Phillips, district deputy grand exalted ruler.
Also at the dinner, the Elks presented Joseph Waroquier, past district deputy grand exalted ruler, with a special award for his many years of service to the Past Exalted Rulers Association.
Planning for the 2018 High Country Arts & Crafts Fair is already under way. The fair will be held July 8.