Elks Lodges working in conjunction with Chili’s Restaurants throughout California and the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, are holding a fundraiser for the California-Hawaii Elks Major Project Inc.
This Chili’s “give back” event, spearheaded by Steven Wagstaff of the Escondido, California Elks Lodge, will be held on Tuesday, June 22, 11 a.m. to close.
With each event day flyer presented at the time of purchase, Chili’s will donate 15% of their event day sales back to the California-Hawaii Elks Major Project Inc.
In 1950, the California-Hawaii Elks Association (CHEA) created an organization within it to help children with disabilities. This organization was titled the CaliforniaHawaii Elks Major Project, Inc. (CHEMPI). The fundraising arm of CHEMPI is the Purple Pig.
This program funds 32 paid therapists and preschool vision screeners, hired by CHEMPI, to help disabled children when no other organizations can or will. These CHEMPI professional therapists and preschool vision screeners travel, sometimes great distances, to help children get care they need.
Further, many times the children will have tests, e.g. Vision Screening, that catches early signs of amblyopia (“Lazy Eye”), a medical problem that, once caught, can be corrected early on and save a child from going blind, quite literally.
With 171 lodges in 19 Districts, the California-Hawaii Elks Association CHEA serves disabled children, veterans, and our youth in a wide range of activities. Wagstaff told The Times-Advocate, “We are a proud organization with roots back to 1868 and thousands of Elks, who have not only helped millions of people, but are a social organization that enjoys the company of other Elks at our lodges where our meals and beverages support our growth and the community.”
For more information, contact your local Elks Lodge and ask how you can participate in the event.