The Westchester Elks recently added a more than $18,000 donation to the nearly $3.1 million that has been contributed by members of Elks Lodges throughout California and Hawaii this year to help treat children with disabilities.

Sherri Dunlap, exalted ruler of Westchester Elks Lodge 2050 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, presented a check for $18,065.48 that was raised by the members of her lodge.

“We are pleased and proud that members of our local Elks Lodge were so generous with their dollars and time in this important undertaking,” said Timothy C. Martin, executive director of the California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc.

Since 1950, the 89,000 Elks members throughout California and Hawaii have contributed more than $97.5 million to the California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc., which administers the nonprofit charitable corporation, a spokesperson for the group said.

All of the donated funds are devoted solely to providing vision screening and therapy treatment to children with a broad range of disabilities.

The year-long fundraising campaign is capped by a ceremony at the annual Elks Convention when representatives of lodges from throughout California and Hawaii present their donations to Major Project and Elks Association leaders.

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