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Massena Elks Lodge raises $500 for Massena Public Library


MASSENA - The Massena Elks Lodge used an Easter Sunday brunch - complete with a visit by the Easter Bunny - to raise $500 for the Massena Public Library.

Exalted Ruler James Root said that from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., they served about 260 meals and, by he time it was over, there wasn’t much left to what had been an 80-pound ham. The menu included scrambled eggs, French toast, home fries, bacon, sausage, ham, hash, potato salad and assorted pastries. The meal was made and the kitchen was manned in part by the Root family, including his mother and father, Linda and David.

“The ladies made all kinds of desserts,” Mr. Root said.

He said that, when the Elks raise money for community organizations, they tend to draw a lot of support.

“The last couple of events we’ve had with the library have been pretty successful. We’ve had a lot of support. People tend to get out more,” Mr. Root said.

They had last teamed up with the library for what they said was a very successful “Breakfast With the Grinch” fundraiser in December.

“That just brought in a crowd. There was a lot of support for the library,” Mr. Root said.

Library Director Elaine Dunne-Thayer said the Easter brunch donation was much appreciated.

“It was wonderful to get that call” that the Elks wanted to stage the brunch, she said.

The money will be used to support their children’s reading program, including summer programming at the library.

“The idea is to keep kids reading over the summer,” she said. “We try and keep everything free. This money goes right into children’s programming and children’s supplies.”

Mr. Root said they’re always looking for those types of partnerships, which allow community members to come to the lodge and see what’s happening.

“It’s just something to bring the community in. Anything we can do to help the library or anyone in the community,” Mr. Root said.

“Any organization out there that wants to raise money,” Mrs. Root said.

She said the Elks hold Christmas parties for children, in which they shop and provide gifts, and those are always a big hit.

Mr. Root said they are also working with officials from Wounded Warriors Outdoor Adventures. They have 11 Wounded Warriors coming in on Saturday.

“We’re taking the Wounded Warriors and families out for a turkey hunt,” he said.

The Wounded Warriors and their families will be staying at a riverfront home owned by Operational Grateful Nation, a national charity based in Conroe, Texas, that provides mentoring, training and career placement for disabled veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan. The charity was founded by John and Resa Wing, formerly of Norfolk and Louisville and now residing in Texas, who gave their St. Lawrence River estate at 407 state Route 131 to OGN. A Saturday luncheon for the Wounded Warriors at the Elks Lodge is open to the public, according to Mr. Root.

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