December 2, 2021

Elks hold barbecue benefit

Homer lodge raises money for programs

Colin Spencer/staff reporter

Leah VanDonsel, left, talks with Cathy Wetterer on Saturday during Homer’s Elks Lodge 2506 barbarbecued chicken fundraiser.

Andrew VanDonsel stood under a tent Saturday while a steady rain came down around him and smoke from nearby chicken grilling wafted through the air.

“Well, we couldn’t have picked any better weather, I don’t think,” he said sarcastically.

VanDonsel, the exalted ruler of Homer’s Elks Lodge 2506, and other members of the organization hosted a drive-through chicken barbecue on Main Street in Homer to raise funds for the organization’s programs, including Toys for Tots and scholarship.

The fundraiser was set up with COVID-19 health guidelines in mind. Customers drove up in their cars, gave their orders and had the food brought to them.

“It’s good,” said Jeff Shatteck of Homer. “I just like how you come in your car, grab your chicken and go.”

Shatteck said that he liked supporting the Elks because his son used to attend their Hoop Shoot program, which teaches kids to persevere and build confidence.

“They’re just very good in the community,” he said.

“Any cause for anything, it’s just important to help everybody,” said Cathy Wetterer of Groton. “No matter what the cause is, you should help.”

She said that the way the event was set up was a good thing during the pandemic.

“COVID’s got everyone scared, obviously, and you’ve just got to protect your friends, your family and your community,” she said.

VanDonsel had a simple message for those who bought chicken from the organization.

“I hope the chicken is good,” he said. “I hope it’s moist and thank you for supporting us so we can support you.”