San Francisco Elks Lodge Brings America’s Pastime to Over 100 Bay Area Children

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Oakland A’s game is first annual baseball outing for new charitable Elks program.

The San Francisco Chapter, Lodge #3, of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks today announced that it has instituted a new charitable program to bring baseball to Bay Area children. The first annual baseball outing will be held at the Oakland A’s game on Wednesday, August 9th, 2006, and will host children from the Girl Scouts of the San Francisco Bay Area, The Tenderloin Children's Playground and Recreation Center and Mercy Housing. Ten Elks and volunteers from the participating organizations will chaperone the event, which will feature the full “Boys of Summer” experience, including beloved stadium hot dogs.

“Baseball is a great outlet for children,” said Josh Hachadourian, who holds the office of “Tiler” for the San Francisco Lodge No. 3. “As Elks, we’re dedicated to charitable endeavors that assist a range of Americans from veterans to children. We feel that this type of outing is a great way for us to reach out to local youth and provide them access to a game many of us love. It offers them a chance to get involved with an American pastime that’s constructive entertainment and, who knows, even possibly a career.”

125 A’s baseball tickets were donated by the San Francisco Elks lodge to create an event that offered local youths a chance to enjoy a game. This is the first event in the new program, which is planned as an annual outing.

“Many children do not get the opportunity to attend a live baseball game,” continued Hachadourian. “We wanted to make sure they got the full experience, including the hot dog. A ball park frank is a key part of the pastime.”

For more information on the San Francisco Elks Lodge No. 3 please contact Kristine Kimm or visit http://www.sfelks.org.

About the Elks

The BPOE, comprised of nearly 1.2 million men and women in almost 2,200 communities, is committed to helping the nation's youth, its veterans, the disadvantaged and handicapped, and supporting patriotic and civic programs.

The San Francisco Lodge is the longest continuous running Lodge in Elkdom and forms part of the Bay District 0640 and belongs to the California-Hawaii Elks Association. The California-Hawaii Elks Association is comprised of over 180 lodges throughout the state of California and Hawaii and is governed by officers and trustees who are elected from within the Association. It is through these groups the San Francisco Lodge participates in charitable causes such as Therapy Services for Children. http://www.sfelks.org/

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