AUGUSTA -- The Maine Elks Association will be holding a special event for pre-teen children called Youthfest 2004, to be held on August 28, 2004 at the Augusta Elks Lodge (rain or shine). The event will run from 11 AM to 3 PM, and is open to any pre-teen children who are disabled or disadvantaged, or children of military families who have a parent serving on active duty overseas. The purpose of this program is to provide these special children with a day of fun and entertainment at no cost to their families.
Several children's organizations have been invited to attend, including; the Maine Children's Cancer Program, Area Big Brother/Big Sister organizations, Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers, Androscoggin Headstart, Pine Tree Society, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Spurwink School, Salvation Army, Maine Special Olympics and the March of Dimes, as well as many other organizations that support disabled and disadvantaged children. In addition, this program is also open to children of families who have a parent serving on active duty overseas, as well as children and grandchildren of the Elks.
The event will feature carnival games, face painting, pony rides, field games, a hoop shoot, soccer shoot, music, animated characters, clowns, bounce houses, a bicycle drawing, food, fun, and much more. The event will also feature a visit by "Slugger the Seadog" of the Portland Seadogs, and a concert by well known children's entertainer, Rick Charette. The entire event is provided free of charge as a community service of the Maine Elks Association.
The Maine Elks Association consists of 22 Lodges across the State of Maine, which prides itself on its service to youth in communities throughout the State. Each year, the Maine Elks provide youth programs in the form of Scholarships, a Drug Awareness program, Americanism Essay Contests, as well as the Elks Hoop Shoot & Soccer Shoot programs., For more information on Maine Elks Association, visit www.maineelks.org.
If you have an organization that supports children who are disabled or disadvantaged, or have a child who is either disabled or disadvantaged, and would like to attend, please contact Wayne or Kathleen Cotterly at 998-2282, or Bob Drisko at 582-6659.