Educational Scholarships

The Elks National Foundation (ENF) provides more than $3.74 million in college scholarships each year through its three scholarship programs. All of these applications must go through Middlesex Lodge before reaching the Elks National Foundation Office. Local Education Scholarships are also given out.

Buddy Ball

Buddy Ball is designed for disabled athletes to play a game/sport with the assistance a peer aged “Buddy”. Coaches will oversee the teams and provide guidance to the activity. Equipment will be provided. This program is designed for all to have fun in a stress free environment. The registration fee is $5 per activity.

Citizen of the Year

A recommendation is made by the Mayor of Middlesex, and approved by the Charity Ball Committee, for Citizen of the Year. Over the years, many well-deserving citizens have been recognized for their commitment to the Borough and the community.

Veteran’s Service

Middlesex Elks are proud supporters of our veterans. Throughout the year we host many events and fundraisers to not only assist veterans, but their families as well.

Youth Activities Committee

We are proud to acknowledge the collaboration of the principals and teachers of our schools. Hundreds of essays are written by fifth through eighth grade students. Topics vary, but are always related on an American theme. Students have an opportunity to express their inner thoughts and feelings on these topics. Hundreds of essays (sometimes over 500) are read and graded by the chairperson of the Americanism Committee. Winners are recognized at the local level, and their essays are judged on a District and State Levels.

Special Needs Children’s Committee

The lodge hosts an Annual Charity Ball, which is considered our foremost fundraiser. Each year, a special child and his/her family are our honored guests at a dinner dance where the child is acknowledged and presented with great gifts. Every year, we are awed by everyone’s generosity.

Flag Day

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is the first and only fraternal body to require formal observance of Flag Day. Every year on June 14, the Middlesex Elks Lodge hosts a Flag Day Ceremony where our girl and boy scouts, cub scouts and brownies participate in this patriotic ceremony. The history of each flag, starting with the original one, The Pine Tree Flag which was adopted in 1775, and carried by the Continental Forces in the Battle of Bunker Hill, and ending with our current Fifty Stars and Thirteen Stripes, is recited as a scout carrying the particular flag enters the room. At the conclusion of the ceremony, refreshments are offered to all.

Supporting Somerset Children’s Center

Somerset Children’s Center in Somerville, was established to provide among many services, physical, occupational, speech therapy to special needs children. Middlesex Lodge has been a devoted proponent of the Center and many of our members have been on the Board of Trustees: Joseph DeScenza, Frank Palazzi, Robert Canavan, William Henryk, and Thomas Valente. The funding for this endeavor comes from the Charity Ball, regular canister drives through town, numerous donation boxes located on counters of numerous stores in the community, Friday night dinners, and other generous donations.

Supporters of Elks Camp Moore

Located in Wanaque, on top of a hill of the Ramapo Mountains, Elks Camp Moore is a vacation area for Special Needs Children. For years, The Lodge has sponsored many local children for a one-week vacation away from home, thereby giving their parents a respite from their 24/7 caregiving. Children are exposed to various adventures while developing recreational and social skills with experienced monitors, many times on a one-to-one basis, depending on the demands of each child. The children become involved with others, who, like them, suffer from various traumatic infirmities and learn acceptance. Many have made long-lasting friendships and the experience is never to be forgotten.

Scouting

Middlesex Lodge Hall is available at no cost to our local cub scout den for their meetings. We believe it is our responsibility to encourage our youth to join this time-honored institution and are proud to assist in any way we can. We are always honored to participate in Eagle Scouts Court of Honor. A framed certificate from the Elks, an American Flag and a $50.00 gift are presented to each Eagle Scout.

Americanism Committee

We are proud to acknowledge the collaboration of the principals and teachers of our schools. Hundreds of essays are written by fifth through eighth grade students. Topics vary, but are always related on an American theme. Students have an opportunity to express their inner thoughts and feelings on these topics. Hundreds of essays (sometimes over 500) are read and graded by the chairperson of the Americanism Committee. Winners are recognized at the local level, and their essays are judged on a District and State Levels.