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Elks members Bill Mahaffey and Si Bollinger take a few minutes off from kitchen staff duties to meet and greet guests during the St. Patrick’s Day dinner March 17.

Elks celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with fundraiser

Patrons arrive for social hour an hour before the St. Patrick’s Day dinner at the Elks Lodge, with many enjoying libations at the full bar inside the packed lodge. Photos by Stacy Fisher

The Lake Almanor Elks’ members held their traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinner fundraiser at the Elks Lodge on March 17 to support the Elks’ mission to raise money for community programs that members sponsor during the year.

The entrée is aligned with the festive Irish holiday and featured corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and carrots, raisin bread, plus cookies for dessert.

Social hour began at 6 p.m., where patrons mingle while many also enjoyed libations at the full bar inside the packed lodge. Dinner was served shortly after 7 p.m.

Elks member Steve DeWitt organized the event, which he noted is celebrating its 19th year. The revelry was highlighted with the interior of the lodge decorated with four-leaf clovers and a scrappy leprechaun or two overseeing the festivities.

DeWitt said the annual social affair is one of the most popular of the season, adding that everyone who attended that he spoke to, many of whom wore green of course, said they had a lot of fun, with plenty of opportunities to rub elbows with friends and newcomers alike.

“This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Dinner was another great success!” DeWitt said, noting that all 125 tickets were sold, including many carry outs that were purchased as well.

“Some of the diners said it was the best ever St. Patrick’s dinner they’ve had!”

Dewitt added that patrons were enthusiastic over his wife Kitty’s authentic Irish soda bread, baked using her mother’s secret family recipe, saying, “It received many favorable kudos, as well!”

The Lake Almanor Elks Lodge is located at 164 Main St, in Chester. To learn more about the organization and its programs visit www.elks.org.

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