Elks to celebrate Bees' opener with fundraising dinner

Published on Friday, 19 April 2019 20:06
Written by Michelle France


NEW BRITAIN - New Britain Elks Lodge 957 will host a chicken parmesan dinner to raise money for Safe Kids Connecticut and celebrate the season opener of the New Britain Bees.

“For 37 years, we have been hosting this annual dinner to welcome the players to New Britain,” said Debra Scarlett, past exalted ruler and co-chair of the event. “We are delighted to be able to support New Britain baseball and raise money for a wonderful cause.”

The event will be held on Tuesday, April 23, at 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge located at 30 Washington St. Meet and greet begins at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person.

Chicken parmesan, salad, bread and dessert will be provided. Beverages will be available for purchase.

All New Britain Bees team members are expected to be in attendance, along with team manager Mauro “Goose” Gozzo and his coaches.

There will be an opportunity for fans to meet baseball players who will be seated among the guests. Guests will also have photo and autograph opportunities.

Money raised from the event will go towards the Safe Kids Connecticut program administered through the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. To date, more than $4.8 million has been donated to the organization by the Connecticut Elks Association. The Connecticut State Elks Association is committed to raising $100,000 a year between 31 lodges.

“The New Britain Elks 957 has found a fun and multifaceted way to deliver on our goal and to pump-up our city and its anchor sports team, the New Britain Bees,” said Thomas Higgins Jr., a 50-year Elks member.

Free parking will be provided at the High Street parking entrance to the lodge, or at the city garage on Washington Street.

For proper food arrangements to be made, tickets will not be sold at the door.

Tickets can be purchased until 5 p.m. on Monday by visiting the lodge or calling 860-223-2027.

Tickets can also being purchased at the New Britain Bees’ stadium.

Michelle France can be reached at 860-801-5087 or mfrance@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Friday, 19 April 2019 20:06. Updated: Friday, 19 April 2019 20:08.