Park City Elks Club donates $12,000 to nonprofit organizations
A rather large donation rolled out of the Park City Elks Lodge on Thursday to help support Summit County’s Meals on Wheels program.
The nonprofit was one of four organizations in the county to receive a donation from the Park City Elks Club during a ceremony at the Elks Lodge.
"In Park City there are a lot of nonprofits, many of which are very well funded through other sources," said Marion Wheaton, Elks Club member. "We try to reach out to organizations that might not have as much funding available. Meals on Wheels is an organization that we, as a local Elks Club, have decided is going to be one of our main beneficiary."
The Meals on Wheels program, which operates through the Mountainland Aging and Family Services Department, received a $10,000 donation. Wheaton said the donation equates to approximately one-quarter of the organization’s budget.
"This is why I became a member," Wheaton said. "Everything we do goes to directly help people within our local community."
The following organizations also received donations from the Elks Club on Thursday:
- Summit County Search and Rescue: $500
- KPCW: $500
- Glenwood Cemetery: $1,000
According to Wheaton, each year a committee within the Park City Elks Club examines the organizations that serve Summit and Wasatch counties to see what their needs are. Donations are made multiple times a year.
"Whenever we have extra money as an organization, we contribute a minimum of a $500 donation," Wheaton said. "Where it goes depends on our qualifications, which look at whether the organization supports veterans, youth or even just a portion of the underserved community."
The Elks Club raises funds through community events, such as the "Park City Crab Crack," held annually in February. This year, the event raised more than $4,000, Wheaton said.
The club is also able to seek matching grants through the national organization to nearly double the amount of money that is raised.
"It’s a win-win," Wheaton said. "It’s a win for us as an organization and a win for the community. It’s just really a feel-good organization to be a part of."
The Park City Elks Club meets twice a month on Thursdays and is responsible for several community programs, such as educating the youth about drug awareness and providing summer programs for children in need. There are approximately 106 members.
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is a national fraternal organization that focuses on helping veterans, youth and other charitable organizations in their local communities.
For more information about the Elks Club, go to http://www.elksinutah.org/ .
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