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Marshall County Elks Lodge 2707 donate to Exceptional Center

BENTON, Ky. — The Marshall County Elks Lodge started a trust fund to benefit the Marshall County Exceptional Center in 1994. Full access to those funds was given to the Exceptional Center on Monday, May 6.

The Marshall County Elks Lodge made a hefty donation to the Marshall County Exceptional Center on May 6. The lodge began a trust fund for the center in 1994, and has made a multitude of investments prior to giving full access to the fund to the center.

The Marshall County Association for Exceptional Children and Adults was established in 1963 by a group of concerned parents looking to provide opportunities for their children with mental and developmental disabilities.

The program began as a way to offer education to disabled children, but shifted to providing adult care after disabled children began to be offered accommodations in public schools.

In presenting the donation, Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Robert Styers said the funds had been set aside in Certificates of Deposit, and after reaching maturity those funds had then been put into an investment account with the assistance of financial advisor Rich Hendrickson.

Styers explained that when the trust was established, the trustees wanted to have the fund sustain a total of $100,000 before turning it over to the Exceptional Center. At the time of signing over, the fund held just over $125,000.

Styers made sure to state that the Elks Lodge will continue to hold their annual golf tournament as a fundraiser for the center. The 2024 tournament is scheduled for September 14.

Exceptional Center Board Chairman LoAnne Peck accepted the donation on the center’s behalf.

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