Major Projects Committee

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 and the Special Olympics.

Committee Members

The Special Olympics is one of the Connecticut Elks Associations two Major Projects.  Each November, the CT State Elks Association sponsors the Unified Sports Holiday Classic for Special Olympics.  Watch the video above for some great photos from this event.  

Special Olympics CT
Safe Kids CT

Click here to download the Safe Kids Materials Request Form

Supplies are available to support a Safe Kids event at your lodge.  Download the form above and submit it to your District Chair.  For more information, contact your District Chair.  

donated to the Connecticut Children's Medical Center

donated each year since 2003

donated since 2003

Fundraising Activities for Major Projects

Each year, several fundraising events are held by the CT Elks Association Charities Inc. to raise money for Major Projects.  

CEA Night at Islanders vs Wolfpack

Join the Connecticut Elks Association on February 17, 2024 for Star Wars Night at the Total Mortgage Arena to see the Bridgeport Islanders vs. Hartford Wolfpack. Five dollars of every ticket sold supports the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

Pick your seat in Section 104 for only $27. All tickets include a free Bridgeport Islanders hat.

Scan the QR code to secure your seat!

bowling ball

2024 Bowling Tournament

Our bowling tournament will be held on Sunday, March 3rd, 2024.  For more details, visit our bowling page.  

Safe Kids Day 2022


Safe Kids 2022 was held on Thursday, June 2 at the 
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, 282 Washington St., Hartford, CT 06106

No restriction on Elks volunteers this year.  Please attend!  Contact State Chair Matt Frankel PDD for more information.

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.
1955-1956$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.
1963-1964Over 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.
1986-1989A pledge of $400,000 made possible the completion of the hospital’s Day Surgery Unit.
1989-1990$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 – 98Unknown projects totaling $170,000
1999 – 2002$75,000 annually to Safe Kids
2003$250,000 for the Emergency Department Waiting Room
2003-2021$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.