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Elks Community Builder of the Week

 Cody, Wyo., Lodge No. 1611

Spring has sprung, and for Cody, Wyo., Lodge No. 1611 that can only mean one thing—baseball season!

The Cody Elks know that playing sports is beneficial—it offers youth an opportunity to exercise and learn good sportsmanship. To support the local little league team, the Elks used an Elks National Foundation Promise Grant to hold a barbeque for the athletes and their families.

Forget the peanuts and crackerjack. Elks prepared a picnic lunch for more than 600 guests, providing athletes with good food and good company after working hard on the baseball field.

To endorse good health even after baseball season ends, the Cody Elks promoted the Lodge’s soccer shoot at the barbeque.

“The Promise Grant helped us connect to local youth and encourage them to participate in future Lodge events,” says Project Manager Jerry Fritz. “The soccer shoot participation doubled after the little league picnic.”

The Elks National Foundation awards $2,000 Promise Grants to the first 500 Lodges that pledge to host an event that helps build the character and competence of local youth. To find out more about Promise Grants and the Community Investments Program, visit


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