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Elks Lodge fundraisers have threefold benefit

KEESEVILLE - In one day, Keeseville Elks Lodge 2072 held three events raising big dollars for three important reasons.

On June 13, the lodge hosted its second annual Motorcycle Rally, first annual Classic Cruisers competition and the first annual "Pig N' Swig" - raising money for veterans, Hospice of the North Country and community events, respectively.

"We kind of threw everything into a pot and we thought maybe it would go," said past exalted ruler David Gload at the beginning of the event.

The Pig N' Swig idea came from two lodge members who transferred to Keeseville from Poughkeepsie, where they had an annual "Swine N' Dine."

"We couldn't use 'Swine N' Dine,' so we threw some stuff around and we ended up with the Pig N' Swig," explained Gload. "It's going to be a pig roast. So, that's where the pig came from and the swig, I'm sure there's people out there having a beer or two."

"It rhymed and it just seemed to have a catchy name, so we went with that," he added.

"It sounds better than 'Pork N' Beer,'" added trustee Jan Downs.

Through donations, the event raised $1,800, which will go toward charitable efforts within the communities the Keeseville lodge serves.

The motorcycle rally, in its second year, saw a definite increase in participants. Last year, it rained during the rally, only bringing in seven bikes.

"The motorcycle rally was all by itself last year," explained Gload. "It was just something that one of our members, who has since moved away, came up with and we decided to do it."

This year, the rally saw 48 bikes and 63 participants, which brought in $800, all in registration fees.

"That's what it's all about," Gload said, referring to the high increase of participants. "Of course we had a nice day to start with, which is key."

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