Pictured are lodge members grilling the food for the hungry kids. (Photo submitted)
Pictured are lodge members grilling the food for the hungry kids. (Photo submitted)

VAN WERT – Van Wert Elks Lodge No. 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, again assisted the Van Wert City/County D.A.R.E. program with their annual D.A.R.E. graduation party held on Friday evening, May 11, 2018, at the YMCA.

Approximately 300 boys and girls from Van Wert County Schools converged on the local YMCA to enjoy a fun-filled evening. The students had the opportunity to play basketball, swim, dance, and visit and socialize with their classmates.

Members of Van Wert Elks Lodge were busy grilling hamburgers and hot dogs to feed the hungry boys and girls. The kids also enjoyed ice cream at the end. The local Elks Lodge provides the food and drinks for the local event each year and prepares the food for the hungry youngsters.

The monies are made available to the local lodge from the Elks National Foundation in the form of a Promise Grant. These grants are available to the local lodges that wish to sponsor any type of drug and alcohol-free event in the community. The Elks are proud to be able to assist with this great event for the kids.