Welcome to the Connecticut Elks Association Major Projects Committee Page

Major Projects Committee

Darren "Howie" Lawler, PER

State Chairman

Seth Miller, PER

Central District

Alicia Dunbar

Coastal District

Lysa Molnar, PER

East District

Kathleen Botsacos PER

Northwest District

Thank You for visiting the "Major Project's" page for the Connecticut Elks Association! This page contains information regarding our Safe Kids Program administered through the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Please check out our links for more information or contact State Major Projects Chairman, Darren "Howie" Lawler, PER or your district chairman.  



Donated by the Connecticut Elks Association to 

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center 


CEA Day at Fenway Park

On Sunday, October 1st, 64 members of the Connecticut Elks Associaiton enjoyed a spectacular Autumn day in Boston for the First Annual CT Elks Day at Fenway Park.

The event raised $576 for Major Projects, the Connecticut Children's Medical Center's - Safe Kids Connecticut program.

Thank you from the Major Projects Committee for making this event a success!



CEA Receives 5-Stars for Major Projects Display at GLC in Reno


May 2017 - Connecticut Children's Injury Prevention Center held its Safe Kids Connecticut Fair on the front lawn of the medical center.  The event, made possible by the generosity and support of our friends, the Connecticut Elks Association, showcased a variety of safety activities and special guests, including the Hartford Police Department!



Photos from Hockey Night at Harbor Yard!

On Saturday, February 27th the Bridgeport Sound Tigers took on the Providence Bruins and the CT Elks Association was there with proceeds benefitting the Major Projects of the Association. Below, are just a few of the many faces who enjoyed the evening!


Thank you to the following Lodges for reaching the $5 Per Capita goal to support the State Major Project:

Manchester, Rockville, Bridgeport, Windsor, Milford, Branford, Stamford, Winsted, Derby, Fairfield, Middletown, Hamden, Groton and Putnam. 



A Chronology of Connecticut Elks Support

First donation of $4,200 to construct a play pavilion between two Cerebral Palsy Units in 1954.  (L-R) Newington Home & Hospital Director Berger E. Foss, SP Samuel Annunziato, Ritualistic Chairman Arthur J. Roy, GER Earl E. James, 

1953 -

$4,200 was donated to construct a play pavilion between two Cerebral Palsy Units.


$12,600 was given to enclose a large portion of the above to make it usable year around.

1956 -

$2,200 to purchase a truck used to transport wheelchairs and other equipment for patients on outings away from the hospital

1957 -

A generous donation was given to purchase a large bus to replace a smaller one given by the Elks group that organized fund-raising activities for the newly adopted major project.  In 1958, additional Association at least 10 years prior to the formation of the Crippled Children’s Committee – the money was given for special equipment inside the bus.*

1958 -

A generous donation was appropriated to purchase a special designed blood bank refrigerator and an operating table, to create a third operating room.*

1959 -

$10,000 was donated to relocate the recovery room and to pipe oxygen to each patient location in that room.  Money was also given to purchase wardrobes for patients.

1960 -

$14,000 made possible the purchase of equipment such as a chest respirator, tilt chair and tables, a walk-in refrigerator, and a safety door for the operating room.

1961 -

The complete modernization of the main lobby was made possible with a gift of $10,000.

1962 -

More than $15,000 was donated to purchase items for the hospital and its summer camp, and to provide synchronized sound equipment to facilitate the making of medical movies.


Over two years, more than $35,000 was donated to enable the hospital to meet the demands of treating increasing numbers of patients.  These items included automatic x-ray processing equipment and special surgical and optical instruments.

1964 -

It was voted that $50,000, payable over two years, would be donated to provide a new central sterile supply room, including up-to-date equipment for sterilizing instruments, solutions, dressings, and other items.

1966 -

$300,000 was pledged to construct a large waiting area.  The money was to be paid over ten years but was completed in six.

1970 -

$12,000 was given to equip the hospital’s pediatric eye care clinic.

1973 -

The renovation of the Dental department was made possible with a gift of $93,000.

1974 -

$320,000 purchased pulmonary function equipment and a new bus, and aided with the renovation of the “Elks Wing,” in the hospital’s East Building, including facilities for the relocation of the departments of Neurology and Therapeutic Recreation.

1977 -

$200,000 was appropriated for the expansion of the Children’s Hospital Inpatient Psychiatric Services (CHIPS).

1979 -

$250,000 was pledged for the relocation of Therapeutic Recreation, Photography, and medical equipment storage.

1984 -

$100,000 was pledged for the purchase of equipment for the department of Anesthesiology.

1985 -

$85,000 completed a Radiographic room.


A pledge of $400,000 made possible the completion of the hospital’s Day Surgery Unit.


$100,000 was donated to purchase a computer for the Gait Analysis Laboratory.

1991 -

$100,000 purchased a handicapped-accessible bus for taking patients and disabled athletes to community activities and sporting events.  In addition, the Elks donation purchased a Modulus Plus Anesthesia Machine, which is the foundation piece of equipment for the Anesthesiology Department.

1992 -

$100,000 purchased fluoroscopy equipment for the Radiology Department.

1993 -

$70,000 purchased a Wild Surgical Microscope for eye operations in the Operating Room.

1994 -

A donation of $60,000 provided an AMX-4 Mobile Radiography System for the Radiology Department.

1995 -

$70,000 was raised to supply an Acuson Ultrasound System for the Radiology Department.

1996 -

A Heart-Lung Machine was purchased for $70,000 for the Operating Room.

1997 – 98

Unknown projects totaling $170,000

1999 – 2002

$75,000 annually to Safe Kids


$250,000 for the Emergency Department Waiting Room


$100,000 donated annually to Safe Kids, totaling $1,300,000.

*Based on remarks written by Dr. Banta in 1996, the gifts in 1957 and 1958 were for a combined $47,800.




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