Lodge assists Special Olympics

WEST FARMINGTON — While they faced some challenges getting participants for a planned poker run, members of the Western Reserve Masonic Lodge 507 held a variety of events Labor Day weekend to raise money to send local children to the Special Olympics.

Cary Carter, treasurer of the lodge, said this was the first event of its kind that included a poker run, Chinese auction, basket raffle, 50-50 and steak fry.

”The Masons of Ohio have always helped Special Olympics. We wanted to hold this to raise extra money so more children can participate in Special Olympics in June in Columbus. We want to be able to contribute more,” Carter said.

The event included more than 35 raffle items to bid on.

”We had people here for the meal, but the weather was a little colder than usual to get riders for the poker run,” Carter said.

Champion resident Cary Carter Jr. used his cooking skills to prepare the steaks on the grill outside the lodge while others inside dealt with the raffle items.

George Perich of Champion said the event was for a good cause.

”You can help others and enjoy a good meal,” he said.