People & Places: Chino Elks to give free pancake breakfast to vets
Lodge members want to say thanks
“Investing In Our Community” is a motto Beverly and Norman Swanty say they live by. The Swantys moved to this area in 2002, and by 2004 they had started the Chino Valley Elks Lodge 2842, with 125 members.
“Our biggest interest is helping children and the veterans of our community,” Beverly Swanty said.
The Chino Valley Elks are involved in many, many ways in helping different organizations in this area.
“One of the biggest events that we started eight years ago, and we do every year, is a free pancake breakfast for all veterans. This event is held at the Chino Valley Senior Center, 1021 W. Butterfield, on Nov. 12, from 8 to 11 a.m.” said Norman Swanty, a Korean War veteran himself.
“We bring some of our heroes to the breakfast from the Bob Stump VA Hospital in Prescott, so we can thank all our veterans for their service and sacrifices,” Beverly Swanty said.
The veterans breakfast consists of ham, pancakes (all you can eat), juice, and coffee, with many of their Elk members helping to cook and serve, and arriving as early as 5 a.m. to light the ovens.
Besides this great veterans breakfast, the Swantys and other members of Chino Valley Elks partake and donate to many charities, such as People Who Care, Horses with H.E.A.R.T., Chino Valley Library Reading Program, giving dictionaries to all third graders in all our schools, have Hoop and Soccer Shoots for the school kids, and give 50 turkeys each year to the Chino Valley Food Bank, just to name a few.
“All the money we raise from our fundraisers is used for our charity work,” Norman Swanty said.
“Our next big event the lodge is doing is called ‘Clothe A Child.’ Needy children are chosen from the elementary schools in Chino Valley and Paulden and we take each of them shopping with $100 to spend on clothes for themselves, with Yavapai Transit transporting all of them at no cost. Afterwards we have a big Christmas party at the Chino Valley Senior Center for the children and their parents,” Norm Swanty said.
“We enjoy doing these events because you wouldn’t believe the warm, fuzzy feeling you get from helping others,” Beverly Swanty said.
Anyone who would like to become an Elks member and join the Swantys in helping others can call Beverly Swanty at 928-583-0500.