This is the biggest event of the year for raising scholarship funds with an “all-you-can-eat” crab dinner, including clam chowder and bread, along with an open bar. The dinner is scheduled Saturday, Feb. 22, starting with a 5 p.m. social hour followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Photo by Stacy Fisher

Elks scholarship fundraiser dinner

The Lake Almanor Elks Lodge is gearing up for its annual scholarship fundraising dinner. The funds from the dinner allow Elks to continue their tradition of awarding scholarships to high school seniors of Chester and Westwood for academic achievement, leadership, and community involvement.

As Vince Lombardi once said, “Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.”

The Elks take great pleasure and pride in assisting and rewarding the hardworking, young leaders of our community.

Over the past four years, the Lake Almanor Elks Lodge has awarded 30 scholarships worth almost $25,000.

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These scholarships include academic awards to graduating seniors from local schools in Chester and Westwood, as well as scholarships for those pursuing two-year vocational programs.

Additionally, over the past four years, the Elks have awarded $3,700 to five students, funded by the Elks National Foundation, and $4,000 to six special needs students, funded by WALA (Wheel Around Lake Almanor).

This is the biggest event of the year for raising scholarship funds. It is an “all you can eat” crab dinner, including clam chowder and bread, along with an open bar.

The dinner will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Elks Lodge, 165 Main St., in downtown Chester, starting with a 5 p.m. social hour followed by dinner at 6 p.m. for just $45.

In addition, the Elks are offering drawing tickets at $5 per ticket for two half cords of firewood and a Savage 22 semi-automatic rifle, donated by Chester Tactical Sports.

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The drawing for these prizes will be held at the annual Scholarship Awards Presentation on Elks Family Night, Tuesday, May 26.

According to Reed Hilliard, Scholarship Committee member, “100 percent of the funds for our scholarships come from local donations and fundraisers. … We couldn’t offer these opportunities to our seniors without the help and support of the entire community.”

Dinner tickets can be purchased in Chester at Roland Insurance, 650 Main St.; Edward Jones, 361 Main St.; or Coldwell Banker Kehr/O’Brien, 244 Main St.

Seating will be limited so don’t wait to take part in this worthy cause!