Elks Lodge #223 celebrates 101 years

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan Enazajah Young was among the ABM Dancing Divas who performed during Elks Lodge #223’s 101st anniversary event on Saturday.

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan
Enazajah Young was among the ABM Dancing Divas who performed during Elks Lodge #223’s 101st anniversary event on Saturday.

CAMBRIDGE – Members of Elks Lodge #223 celebrated their group’s 101st anniversary on Saturday, though not with the traditional parade. Rain forced the cancellation of the annual march down Pine Street, but not the performances.

Daughters Temple #224 also took part in the celebration, as members marked their organization’s 95th year. “They do so much for the community,” a statement from Eastern Shore Network for Change said.

The show was moved on short notice to the gym of Mace’s Lane Middle School, where bands and dancers displayed their talents in the gym. Dignitaries from the Elks, the Cambridge City Council and the schools were on hand, as were hundreds of spectators.

The performers were ABM Dancing Divas, Maple Elementary School Marching Band, Diversity, Kings of Groove and Destructive Black Diamonds.

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was founded in 1868 in New York City. According to the national headquarters’ website, the fraternal organization’s purpose is “to inculcate the principles of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity; to recognize a belief in God; to promote the welfare and enhance the happiness of its Members; to quicken the spirit of American patriotism; to cultivate good fellowship; to perpetuate itself as a fraternal organization, and to provide for its government, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America will serve the people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks care and Elks share.”

The lodge is located at 618 Pine St. For more information, call 410-228-5679.

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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