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General Notes from the Veterans Committee

"Stand Down for Vets" supplies clothing, toiletries, haircuts & food for homeless Vets. We support monthly dinners, Bingo games and morale-building visits from Lodge members.

There are three Veteran Facilities within our district – Bay Pines Veteran’s Hospital, Baldemero Lopez Nursing Home, and the James A Haley Veteran’s Hospital. The Tampa Lodge has been assigned to service the James A. Haley Hospital, and holds three regularly scheduled activities each month.

In addition to the above, BPOE sponsors a Veteran’s Arts & Crafts show in April. Hand crafted items are submitted by the Vets for competition. The top 15-20 items are then taken to the Florida State Elks Convention in May to compete with other Veterans from around the State. Some of these paintings and sculptures are amazing!

The Elks also help sponsor the Re-Creation Show at the James A Haley Hospital. This is a top quality Vegas-Review type of performance by young adults who donate two years of their lives to entertain Veterans around the country. The Elks provide lodging, meal tickets, and, funds permitting, tickets to Busch Gardens for these entertainers. Tampa Lodge members are invited to attend the show.

The Tampa Elks Committee is expected to raise enough funds each year to cover their expenses, which, as you can see, are considerable. They traditionally host a large 4th of July Celebration each year with food, music, and fun for all. They also usually have at least one other fund raiser each year. Keep your eye on your newsletter so you can support these important events!

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