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Elks hold annual Arkadelphia Human Development Center picnic

June 19, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.
From left are Herb Carey, ASEA second vice president and chairman, ASEA Major Projects, Deb Wilson, volunteer coordinator, Arkadelphia Human Development Center, and Buddy Sweet, Exalted Ruler, Lodge 380. - Submitted photo

Elks from Hot Springs Lodge No. 380 provided their annual picnic for Arkadelphia Human Development Center clients, staff and families on June 3.

Thirty Elk members and spouses purchased, transported, prepared, grilled and served approximately 150 hamburgers and 150 hot dogs, along with condiments, chips, cookies and cool drinks to the group, a news release said.

The Arkansas State Elks Association also, along with paying for all the food, presented a check for over $4,000 to the center for use in projects that would otherwise not be possible, it said.

The five Human Development Centers in Arkansas receive financial and social support from the Arkansas Elks through their State Major Projects annually. Centers have used the donated funds to help build gazebos, walking trails, a wheelchair-sized swing, live bird aviaries, computer centers and recreation rooms, among other projects.

Elks raise money for the donations through collection of change in the ceramic "Piggy Banks" made by clients at the Arkadelphia Human Development Center, along with fundraising projects at the lodges throughout the year.

Visit or call Lodge 380 at 501-525-1020 for more information.

  photo  From left, Kay Mallow, Ginger Yates, Kathy Pettiford and Bonnie Clark serve food. - Submitted photo
  photo  Michael Nelson, left, and Roy Frazier, PER, trustee, are shown at the grill. - Submitted photo
  photo  Some of the Elks who provided the picnic. - Submitted photo
  photo  Herb Carey, left, ASEA second vice president and chairman, ASEA Major Projects, and Andrea Matlowski serve food. - Submitted photo
  photo  Preparing food, from left, are Mike Matlowski, Lou Pettiford and Linda Washington, lodge secretary. - Submitted photo

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