George C. Vernon Sr. was presented with a plaque at the Westchester Elks meeting Tuesday, January 15th for donating $10,000 to the Elks National Foundation.

Vernon, a Westchester resident, is a former district chairman for the foundation.

The Elks National Foundation supplies a major portion of the funding for special programs to all of its lodges in the United States.

The foundation also provides literature to the various lodges, such as drug awareness pamphlets.

In addition, the organization provides trophies and awards to children’s programs such as Hoop Shoot and Soccer Shoot, and four-year college scholarships, vocational training and veterans programs.

The foundation donates $300,000 to $500,000 each year to the California Hawaii Elks Association Major Project, which funds 30 physical therapists, scholarships, and special programs for the physically disabled who live in primarily rural areas.

According to Elks representatives, during Vernon’s tenure as district chairman, the district raised almost three times its per capita quota.