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2014 ENF Gratitude Grant Aids Community

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.
ENFgrocery3223webShown 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.
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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.
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