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Elks are Celebrating 150th Anniversary

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Convenes in San Antonio July 1-4

Delegates throughout the United States and in Guam, Puerto Rico, Philippines and the Panama Canal will converge on San Antonio, Sunday July 1, 2018, for the 154th annual National Convention of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America. There are 13,416 Members from the state of Texas.

Headquarters hotel for the Elks delegates will be the Grand Hyatt. Large room blocks have been reserved in many of the area San Antonio Hotels. All sessions will be held daily at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center 900 E Market St., San Antonio, TX 78205. During the convention, The Elks will recognize the top winners in the Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship Program. The top boy and girl will each receive a $50,000 college scholarship. Annually, the Elks award college scholarships across the nation totaling more than $4.2 million.

Last year alone, contributions were more than $40.2 million to more than 300 Veterans Administration Medical Centers, clinics, and state care facilities. The Elks Community Investment Program will award nearly $12 million towards enriching our communities.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has made more than 4 Billion in donations since we first started 150 years ago. Last year alone, the Elks donated approximately $675 million in cash, gifts and time to make our communities better places to live. The Elks are one of the premier patriotic and charitable organizations in the United States of America. There are more than 1,900 Elks Lodges across the country with a total membership nearing 800,000. Elks’ members must be American citizens who are at least 21 years of age and must believe in God.

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