The Burbank Elks Lodge #1497 will hold its annual Halloween bash and fundraiser October 25 at the social club’s Lodge on Hollywood Way. The event is open to Lodge members and the public, who would like to enjoy the event as guests of the Lodge. The entry fee of $20 per person covers the evening’s food and entertainment, including live music. The proceeds from the Halloween event will go to the Lodge’s Charity account.
“The Halloween Bash is one of the big social events of the year at the Lodge,” explains Lodge member Woody Bixby. ” It is a good way for guests to see the Lodge, meet the members and learn about Elkdom and hopefully, eventually become a member.”
Nationally, the Elks raises funds for veterans groups, member benefits, scholarships, hoop shoot competition, drug awareness and community support. The Lodges in California and Hawaii also donate money to provide specially trained therapists to help disabled children walk, talk, see and play. Over $3 million was raised in 2012 to support this effort, The Major Project.
“Locally, our Lodge provides dictionaries to all the third grade students in Burbank Unified School District, plus we support a Boy Scout Troop, a girls softball and a boys baseball team,” adds Mr. Bixby. “The Lodge has a standing relief committee that meets on an as-needed basis to decide to give money to worthy individuals or causes in the area.”
In January, the Elks will hold their Fifth Annual Community Service Awards event. A selected Burbank police officer, fire fighter, city employee and school teacher for 2013 will be honored. Other major Lodge social events during the year include the New Year’s Eve celebration, the Valentine’s Day party and the St. Patrick’s Day party.
“The Lodge’s Halloween event has been occurring annually for as long as I’ve been a member and that’s twelve years,” Mr. Bixby concludes. ” The Lodge was chartered in 1924. I would be safe in guessing that the Lodge has had a Halloween party since it was founded.”
The Elks’ Halloween party requires pre-paid reservations and serves dinner at 6:00 p.m.,with entertainment beginning at 7:00 p.m. The family-friendly event will have costume prizes for children and adults, games and raffles. More information can be found on their Facebook page. The social service club meets every Wednesday evening at the Lodge, located at 2232 N. Hollywood Way, and provides entertainment, food and social amenities to its members.