Monthly Archives: August 2014
The Hamden Elks 2014 Soccer Shoot was held on Sunday September 21 at the Hamden Middle School Field. Participants competed in four age brackets: 7 and under, 8 to 9, 10 to 11 and 12 to 13. The winners in each bracket will advance to a district event, then state and regional meets. The winners will be presented trophies at the Hamden Lodge Youth Awards Banquet to be held at a later date. The Elks Soccer and Hoop Shoots are part of the National Elks’ program of scholarships, drug awareness, scouting and sports for the youth of America. These programs are run by Elk Lodges in communities around the country. The National Elks organization annually spends over $4 million for youth programs.
Hamden Lodge recently qualified for a $2,000 Elks National Foundation (ENF) Gratitude Grant. Lodge members carefully shopped to spend half of this ENF Gratitude Grant, filling 6 carts with $1,000.59 worth of groceries for distribution among Hamden Food Bank, North Haven Congregational Food Pantry and Saint Anne’s Soup Kitchen.
Shown shopping, front to back, are Lodge members Tammy Shea, Cathy Corso-White, Jen Caputo, and Andrew Caporossi. $500 of the ENF Grant was presented to Hamden Youth Advisory Council’s (HYAC) Positive Choices Campaign to prevent underage drinking and drug use. The donation will be used to assist the local campaign to purchase materials to convey outreach messages to Hamden youth and parents.
$500 of the ENF Grant was presented to the Hamden High School Parent-Teacher-Student Association (HHS-PTSA) for next year’s After-Prom, a “Positive,” safe, alcohol and drug free event where graduating Seniors and their dates can enjoy themselves after Prom has ended.
Shown are Deborah Stewart, Director of the Youth Development Training and Resource Center at The Consultation Center; Lodge Drug Awareness Chair Brenda Davis who represents Hamden Elks on the Council; Beth Chiarillo, Outreach Counselor at HYSB and HYAC Chair; and Pam Miller, former HHS-PTSA President.
The Hamden Elks Lodge #2224 donated $250 to and participated in Hamden Youth Services National Night Out held at Rochford Field. This national program brings together residents in neighborhoods and towns to strengthen community spirit and safety through citizen involvement. There were refreshments, games and activities for youth and adults. Hamden Lodge provided the CT Elks Association Drug Awareness Trailer to distribute material to those in attenence.