SOUTH PORTLAND -- The motto of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks is "Elks Care--Elks Share," and the members of the Maine Elks Association continue to live up to that motto when they presented a check for $188,082.31 to the Maine Children's Cancer Program (MCCP) at their 78th Annual State Convention at the Sheraton Hotel in South Portland, Maine. In attendance to receive the check were several representatives from the Maine Children’s Cancer Program. The donation represents the culmination of the Maine Elks fundraising efforts for the 2006-2007 fraternal year.
The Maine Children's Cancer Program is a major project of the Maine Elks Association, and this year will mark the 23rd year that the two organizations have worked together. This year, the Maine Elks Association celebrated surpassing the $2 Million Dollar mark in donations to the cancer program at a special reception attended by representatives of the MCCP Board of Directors, Congressman Michael Michaud, representatives from Senator Olympia Snowe’s office and Susan Collins office, and members of the Maine Elks Association. During the reception, Elks MCCP Director Donald Richard of New Sharon stated that it took the state association over 15 years to raise its first million dollars, and it took only 5 years to raise the second million. His goal now is to raise another million dollars in only 4 years.
In addition to donating money to MCCP, Elk Lodge's across the State of Maine have also donated toys and money through their "Owie Box" program. In this program, the children who are being treated for cancer are allowed to select a toy from the "Owie Box" whenever the child undergoes a painful procedure. A second "Owie Box" was recently implemented at the cancer program to allow teenagers to receive something more age appropriate. The Maine Elks also provide a day of fun and entertainment for these children at their annual Youthfest program held each year in August.
The Maine Children's Cancer Program provides integrated, comprehensive, clinical research-based medical care and psychosocial and practical support services to children with cancer from throughout the State of Maine. The program strives not only to cure cancer in as many children as possible but also to support families throughout their experience of living with childhood cancer.
|The Maine Elks Association presents a check to the Maine Children’s Cancer Program in the amount of $188,082.31. Pictured are cancer program patient Andrew Cilia (holding check at left) and his brother Tony (holding check at right). L-R: are MCCP Board Vice-President Rick Drouin, MCCP Associate Vice-President of Development Susan Doliner, MCCP Board President Mark Franco, MCCP family members Mark Cilia and Michelle Cilia, Barbara Daniels and State President Greg Daniels, and MCCP Development Director James Bouchard.|
The Maine Elks Association is a non-profit fraternal organization consisting of 22 Elk Lodges, representing 12,000 members from across the State of Maine. In addition to supporting MCCP, the association provides programs in the areas of Americanism, Scholarships, Drug Awareness, and Veterans/National Service. The Maine Elks are very proud to be associated with this program, which does so much to help children with cancer here in Maine. For more information on the Elks-- visit maineelks.org, or stop by your local Elks Lodge.