Elks’ dinner serves over 165

15 years ago

    PRESQUE ISLE – For The fourth consecutive year, Presque Isle Elks Lodge 1954 hosted a Christmas dinner at noon on Christmas Day for anyone in the area who would otherwise be spending Christmas Day alone. Again this year, Luxury Limos of Caribou delivered, in style, those needing transportation to the lodge on Main Street in Presque Isle.

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    Over 165 guests, 50 Elks members and volunteers gathered at Elks Lodge 1954 on Main St. in Presque Isle on Christmas Day to enjoy turkey, ham and all the fixings. In its fourth year, the free event continues to grow in popularity, with the Elks continuing their efforts to give back to the community through such activities.

    Once at the lodge, the guests totaling over 165 in number were treated to live music by local musicians, including Sheldon Wright, Leland Clark, Peter Parker, J.R. McLellan and several others. Fireman Fred Parsons also led the guests in singing Christmas songs.
    Over 50 Elk members and volunteers cooked and served a Christmas meal, which included tomato bisque soup, salad, turkey, country ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and a wide assortment of pies and bread. In all, the Elks served to their guests over 200 pounds of turkey, 70 pounds of ham, 120 pounds of mashed potatoes, 40 pounds of sweet potatoes, 42 pies, 17 dozen dinner rolls, 40 pounds of mixed vegetables and 5 gallons of gravy.
    Commenting upon the event, Elks Exalted Rule Mary Dickinson said, “It is extremely gratifying to continue to receive annually contributions from local businesses which are familiar with this project. For example, the David McIntyre family from Luxury Limos of Caribou have given their own time and donated their limousine service every year in order to provide transportation for guests to and from the lodge on Main Street in Presque Isle. This year, they transported 75 of the guests attending the Christmas Day event.”
    “Governor’s Restaurant and the Northeastland Hotel continued their generous contributions of dinner rolls and soup. Other businesses have made generous cash donations. As the number of people attending this Christmas Day dinner has steadily increased, the generosity of these local businesses has grown right along with it,” Dickinson said.
    But the best part about the annual event, said Dickinson, is being able to help those who would otherwise spend the holiday alone.
    “Equally gratifying are the genuine expressions of gratitude from the many guests, who, otherwise would have spent their Christmas alone at home,” Dickinson noted.
    “The knowledge that this Elks Lodge has given something meaningful to so many in the community causes the spirit of Christmas to overtake the Presque Isle Elks Lodge and its members. For all these things, the Presque Isle Elks Lodge is truly grateful at this special time,” Dickinson concluded.

 

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    Members of Elks Lodge 1954 assist guests as they arrive by limousine to attend dinner at the Elks’ Main St. facility in Presque Isle on Christmas Day. Limousine service was provided by Luxury Limos of Caribou for those needing transportation to the annual event.

 

 

 

ImagePhoto courtesy of PI Elks
    Live music was provided by local musicians, including Sheldon Wright, Leland Clark, Peter Parker, J.R. McLellan and several others, at the fourth annual Elks Christmas Day Dinner held in Presque Isle.