MASSENA - They were rockin and rolllin recently at the Massena Elks Lodge No. 1702 and, in the process, raising money for Back the Pack.
By the time the last tune had been spun at the 1950s and 60s sock hop, the Elks had raised just over $3,000, according to Exalted Ruler Jim Root.
It was excellent. About 110 people attended, he said.
Mr. Root said they sold hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks at 1950s and 1960s prices, including $1 draft beers. Jerry Manor hosted a trivia contest, and they also had a silent auction and disc jockey to spin the tunes.
The whole wall was filled up, the room was filled up for the silent auction, Mr. Root said.
The fundraising committee included George and Carolyn Love, Ike and Carole Fuller, Darlene Bosckor and Dick Partlow, Virginia Farnsworth, MaryLou Francia, Helen Clookey and Roxanne Francia.
The fundraiser had been set up to benefit Back the Pack, a volunteer group that provides healthy weekend snacks to students in Massenas elementary schools.
Chairperson Julianne C. Paquin accepted the donation from Mr. Root this week. I cant thank you guys enough, she said.
Were just happy we could do it, Mr. Root said.
Back the Pack, which had also recently received a $1,500 donation from the Massena Kiwanis Club, was started by a group of local volunteers to ensure that children in the Massenas elementary schools arent going hungry over the weekend. Their funding is provided through private donations and fundraising. The group kicked off its third year with the start of the 2013-14 school year.
Working from the former Arrow building on East Orvis Street, donated to the group by Massena Savings and Loan, Back the Pack members assemble healthy weekend snacks that they provide to students in grades kindergarten through six in Massenas four elementary schools.
The group gathers the items, puts them in Ziploc bags and distributes them to the schools. Madison Elementary School was the pilot school, and theyve since expanded to include all of Massenas elementary schools.
School counselors identify children in need, and they get authorization from those parents to let the students participate in the program. The teachers put the bags into the students backpacks every Friday so they have the snacks to munch on over the weekend.
They handed out 9,027 packs during the 2012-13 school year, and Mrs. Paquin said they need $36,000 a year to cover those expenses. That money covers the $3,000 a month it costs to provide weekend snacks for 75 children each at Jefferson, Madison and Nightengale elementary schools, as well as Trinity Catholic School. It also covers any extra funding for special purchases they might need to make during the month.