Ravenna Elks 'Reach Out' for Christmas

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Ravenna Elks Lodge No. 1076 held its annual Reach Out Christmas Party recently at its facility on North Freedom Street for members of the Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Attending the event were 100 guest and clients.

Jerry Bobbs was the chairman for the party, and numerous Ravenna Elks volunteers provided food, drinks and cookies for the "special guests" who attended.

The highlight of the event was a visit by Santa Claus (Clarence Williams). His presence caused much excitement, as he visited with all the guests and posed for photos with them.

Michael Cline, Steve Dean and Maria Stadler provided Christmas music for the enjoyment of the crowd. An added feature this year was Branden Scull, the nephew of Steve Dean, playing Christmas music on the violin.

As the guests departed, each was given a special Christmas treat and cookies.

The Reach Out Party is one of the many charitable endeavors provided annually by the Ravenna Elks Lodge and its member volunteers.

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