■ Chronicle News Service
The Hemet, California Elks Lodge No. 1740 had a busy weekend raising money for two of their favorite charities. On Saturday, Sept. 9, the lodge held a car show/craft faire/poker run/food drive to raise money for the U.S. VETS at March Air Reserve Base. The U.S. VETS program provides housing and supportive services to 280 veterans and their families throughout the Inland Empire.
Chairing the event was Elks Auxiliary member Trish Yzerman. More than 500 members and guests enjoyed ogling 30 vintage automobiles on display, including one motorcycle. Craft items were sold by 14 vendors, and included such items as adult bibs and handmade fountain pens. The lodge sold hamburgers and hot dogs.
According to Nancy Cook, public relations chairperson for Lodge No. 1740, the food drive produced eight cases of water, a 24-pack of Boost nutritional supplement and seven boxes of canned and un-perishable food items for the veterans. The event raised $3,376, all of which will go to the U.S. VETS Inland Empire program.
The results of the car show are as follows:
Best of Custom – Bonnie Landino’s 1969 Z-28 Camaro
Best of Show – Allan Bovee’s 1967 Datsun 1600 Roadster
Peoples’ Choice #1 – Bonnie Landino’s 1969 Z-28 Camaro
Peoples’ Choice #2 – Don Sforzin’s 2016 Corvette
Peoples’ Choice #3 – Jim McCollum’s 1947 Chevy Fleetline
1st Place Trophy – Tony Zamora’s 1956 Chevy Sedan
2nd Place Trophy – Jim Lawler’s 1969 Chevy Chevelle Malibu
3rd Place Trophy – Jim Richardson’s 1932 Ford Pickup
Motorcycle Trophy – Alfie Thompson’s 2004 Harley Davidson Night Train
Truck Trophy – Glen Rees’ 1966 Chevy El Camino.
The following day the lodge held its 12th annual Charity Golf Tournament and raised $1,500 to help fund a Christmas party for the California Family Life Center’s Kin Care Program. Kin Care provides support to families who are raising relatives’ children and assists in obtaining legal guardianship and other services for these family members.
Golden Era Productions donates the golf course to the Elks, which it has for all previous tournaments. The money raised, together with a grant from the Elks National Foundation, funds a Christmas party at the Elks Lodge for the kids. The children and their guardians are given lunch and entertained by Santa, who has a gift for each child.