After a year away due to the COVID pandemic, the North Attleborough Elks’ annual Red Solo Cup fundraiser returned and people turned out in celebration.
Georgette Payne, the lodge’s past exalted ruler and current chaplain, said that around 200 people attended the event, held on Aug. 7 at the lakeside pavilion. Approximately $3,700 was raised, of which $500 will go to the Brockton VA and another $500 to the North Attleborough Animal Shelter. The rest will be used to cover lodge expenses.
“We did the animal shelter two years ago just because I love animals and they always need the help,” said Payne.
It was one of a few events that the Elks have been able to host since May 29 when the restrictions were lifted. Payne said that members helped in different ways, whether that was preparing food, making raffle baskets, or running the lodge’s bar.
“The Elks were excited,” said Payne. “It’s one of our biggest events to make money for the lodge and charities.”
Payne said it was great to see the other Elks, some of whom haven’t been together in awhile. She added that people were happy to be out once more after being at home for so long.
“They all came out of the woodwork to support the cause,” she said.