Elks lodge makes donation to SVMC

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BENNINGTON — Members of the Bennington Lodge 567 donated a portion of their 150th anniversary grant to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, a part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC). The donation amount, $250, was chosen to reflect both organizations' years of existence.

"It seems fitting that, since the Elks as a national organization has just completed its 150th year celebrations and the hospital its 100th year, that we donate $250," wrote Kelly Kervan, Bennington Elks member and the grant's administrator, in the letter sharing the news of the gift with the hospital's SVHC Foundation.

The 150th Anniversary Grant comes from the Elks National Foundation, which was established in 1928 to serve others. Some of the 115-year-old Bennington Lodge's original members were among the fund's founding contributors.

"They would be proud that the earnings off their original gifts were stewarded in such a way that it directly helped organizations like yours in our community," Kervan wrote.

"We are delighted by this contribution by our local Elks," said Leslie Keefe, the vice president for Corporate Development at SVHC. "We identify with their rich history in the community and their dedicated service to others, and we will put their generous gift to meaningful use in service of patients."

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