The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will sponsor a Championship Fiddlers Concert to benefit Elks Charities at Harper-McNeeley Auditorium on the campus of Davis & Elkins College at 7 p.m. Friday.
Fiddlers from West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio will participate in the family event, which organizers say also will include a surprise celebrity appearance.
Special local guests include the Elkins High School Band, which will play the national anthem, and the American Legion Color Guard, which will present the colors.
Elkins Lodge 1135 was chartered in 1909.
"Through the efforts of our members and with the support of our community, we have proudly entered into our second century of service to our community," local Elks representative Stanley Teets said. "Locally, the Elks supports youth baseball and football programs, youth scholarship and veterans programs, along with other community based service projects."
Teets explained that no matter where you go in the United States and its territories, an Elks Lodge is right around the corner. With more than 850,000 members and 2,000 lodges nationwide, Elks are providing charitable services that help build stronger communities.
The Elks, a fraternal organization, was formed in 1868. In 1928, the Elks National Foundation (ENF) was formed to continue and increase the charitable and community service work of the order. Since inception, the ENF has contributed more than $324.6 million toward Elks' charitable projects nationwide.
"These funds enable programs that support youth, scholarships, honor veterans and meet needs in the areas where Elks live and work," he said. "Our programs continue to grow each year, allowing Elks to do even more to build stronger communities. We appreciate the support of our community."
Tickets will be sold at the door. The cost is $10 for adults, children younger than12 enter free of charge.
For more information about the Championship Fiddlers Concert, call 304-636-5355.