Two Casper groups come together with the community a top priority

(Casper, Wyo.) - Two Casper groups came together Wednesday night with one priority in mind, the Natrona County community. The Casper Elks Lodge 1353, who has been in the Oil City for 98 years, presented a new community group a check for $1,068. The funds were generated during the Elks Lodge's April benefit breakfast for Natrona County Alcohol Task Force's Safe Ride Program. Casper Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler, Michael Stedillie commented, "Anytime our patrons can get a safe ride home from anywhere in the community, it is a plus.This is a fantastic program to be apart of and we have so much, dog-gun fun with volunteers and putting these breakfasts on." Stedillie continued to comment that the Casper Elks Lodge does many things in and for the community. "You do not have to be an Elks member to benefit from our organization. We work to promote a family atmosphere at our Lodge and 90% of our donations go back into the community one way or another." John Hatcher, Natrona County Alcohol Task Force and Safe Ride member commented, "Safe Ride is a program that benefits from our community. In order to keep this program going we need all the help we can get. We appreciate the Casper Elks Lodge for their generous donation and we want to continue to provide safe rides home from bars and clubs around Natrona County. With this donation, we now have about $34,000 to help our community get home safe." He also mentioned that the program has provided 10,000 safe rides home since their start in 2006! Casper Elks Loyal Knight and member, Dan Winer, stated Wednesday evening, "To me there is no excuse for a DUI in Natrona County, not for anybody. It is because of things like this, that I am proud to be an Elks member, because of the things we do right here in this lodge." Winer continued to report that the lodge hosts monthly breakfasts where the community is invited to join and help raise funds for various different groups. "We are only able to put these events on with the communities help and volunteers, and we receive a tremendous amount of help." To learn more about the Casper Elks Lodge please call (307) 234-4839 or to learn how you can help with the SafeRide program visit their website . #oilcity #news