October 5-8 will find Elks from California and points beyond gathering together together to rally and raise money for our Major Project!
As many know, the California Elks Camper Rally began in 1969 as the “Southern California Elks Camper Rally.” Creating an atmosphere for campers and friends to gather together and enjoy food, fun, games, contests and camaraderie; with the primary objective of raising money for the California – Hawaii Elks Association Major Project, i.e. the Purple Pig they continue to fulfill their purpose!
In 1950, CHEA created an organization within it to help children with disabilities and the fundraising arm of CHEMPI is the Purple Pig. (All donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE!) Their mission statement says “The California-Hawaii Elks Major Project, Inc., a committee of the California-Hawaii Elks Association, pledges its commitment to addressing the unmet needs of children with disabilities throughout the states of California and Hawaii by developing a program of supporting services to aid these children at no cost to the families and without discrimination.”
With the noble goal of supporting such a worthwhile cause the growth and participation over the years saw a time that by 1998 “Southern California Elks Camper Rally” no longer reflected their objective and the group changed their name to the “California Elks Camper Rally” to better reflect the statewide participation as well as points from beyond our borders.
Last year the group California Elks Rally raised a total of $23,866 and the goal this year is to raise even more money for the kids and help them, “Reach for the Stars”. While there are currently 60 registered members the event will see between 150-200 RV’s will gather together for the excitement and “fun”raising and past entertainment provided by members as well as a highlight performance by the Hemet High School Band can be seen in the video below. Elk members are welcome to register to be among the first to hear about events and updates as well as connect with other members.
We encourage you to come help us make 2018 the best year yet!
To experience a bit of the past event enjoy the short video below. The full video is @29 minutes so to see just the segment on the Elks Rally skip forward to 21:19