Elks, Jack Aces raise $1,156 for area kids

Members of the Cullman Elks Lodge and Jack Aces Riding Club pose for a photo Saturday at the annual Christmas in July event. (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cullman Elks Lodge and Jack Aces Riding Club on Saturday held their annual Christmas in July event to benefit Christmas Love. The groups raised $1,156 and collected many donated toys that will go to help area kids during the 2019 holiday season.

The day of fun began with The Jack Aces hosting a charity motorcycle ride that began at the Elks Lodge and looped around the west side of Cullman County. At least 66 bikes registered for the event with 81 riders enjoying the day. Before the ride began, riders were treated to breakfast at the Elks Lodge. Members of the Elks Lodge had lunch prepared as the riders returned.

The Elks had two raffle prizes donated by Integrity Auto Group. The two lucky winners, Mick Patrum and Ricky Hill, each received a certificate for a $1,500 custom paint job.

Nancy Bryant with Christmas Love said, “We serve 200 children on average. We help kids from birth to 18 years old. We get each child their shoes, their clothes and coats. With the donations we are able to get them some great clothes and some things from each child’s wish list. The Jack Aces and Elks have been so great to us and we appreciate all they do.”

Jack Aces President Derrick Barton said he looks forward to the Christmas in July event each year and was pleased with the turnout Saturday.

Said Barton, “We didn’t have to battle the weather like we did last year. The rain scared people a little last year, but this year was great. We had a great ride and raised a lot of money for the kids.”

Cullman Elks Exalted Ruler Dale Ball said after the event, “Besides the camaraderie that was displayed by the two groups, there was much fun had by all. Being an Elk blesses you and so many others. We are so thankful for our partners.”

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