Elks Lodge fundraiser a success

The Elks Lodge No. 1577 of Craig hosted its second annual fundraising thrift shop behind the lodge Thursday through Saturday.

Organizers said the fundraiser was a success.

Proceeds from the fundraiser went to the Children's Christmas and drug awareness programs sponsored by the Elks Lodge.

"The biggest share of people that come in here know what we use the money for," Elks Lodge exalted ruler Dora Watson said. "Everything for the most part is under a dollar."

Watson said the lodge collects leftover goods from community yard sales, which they turn around and sell for even less.

Jackets, love novels, some random records, home appliances and much of what one would find at a yard sale were neatly tucked into the back room behind the Elks Lodge, which the lodge is also looking to rent to a business or resident.

Since Thursday, Watson spent hours of her time watching over the thrift shop, and passing the quiet hours with a puzzle or two.

"We've got to do it to raise a little extra money," she said.

Watson, who has been with the lodge for 10 years, said the Elks Lodge uses its fundraising money largely for scholarships.

Also, this week is the last week the lodge can sell Laradon Hall tickets.

The statewide event gives a first prize of $10,000 as well as prizes for runners-up. For $1 a ticket, the proceeds go to a program that takes disadvantaged youths and teaches them trade skills.

"It takes a bit of time and a bit of work, but it's not bad," Watson said of the time she puts into her club.

Watson said the lodge, which is largely community-service orientated, is also looking to expand membership.

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