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Gratitude grants

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Ohio River Valley Elks No. 231 presents $2,500 in Gratitude Grants to seven local nonprofit organizations. Recipients were hosted at the annual Veterans Turkey Dinner on Nov. 9 at the lodge on North Fourth Street in Martins Ferry. The Gratitude Grant were made possible by the Elks National Foundation and are available to lodges that have raised a designated donation amount the previous lodge year. In the 2019-20 lodge year, Ohio River Valley No. 231 has applied for and received $11,500 in grants that are being used locally to aid youth, veterans and those in need. Pictured from left are Mike DeLeonardis, Martins Ferry Lions Club Vision Program; the Rev. Bill Webster, Grace Presbyterian Youth Program; Frank Papini, Elk’s president; Pat Hartenstein, Daily Bread Center; Linda Olinski, St. Frances Cabrini Food Pantry; and Kelly Cusick, Bellaire Elementary After Hours Academy.

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