Katy Elks Lodge #2628 Lodge Sweetheart

Welcome to the Katy Elks #2628 Sweetheart page. 
This year’s Sweetheart is:
Shannon Cope.

Money raised throughout the state by the Elks Sweetheart program fund seven weeks of camp in Ottine, Texas at no cost to the families of the campers.  Over 350 children with special needs, attend camp each summer. Through the funds raised by the Sweetheart Program, special grant money is available to local lodges to purchase goods and services for children with special needs.

Texas Elks Camp (https://www.texaselkscamp.com) is committed to teaching children that having a difference doesn’t make a difference. Children ages 7 to 21 (must still be in school) with varying emotional and physical special needs come to Elks Camp for one week and go home strong, confident and ready to face the world with new hope for the future, as reported consistently by parents and guardians. The Sweetheart Program is the primary source of income to support the Texas Elks Camp. Each Elks lodge in the state of Texas has the opportunity to designate a Sweetheart whose primary function all year is to raise money that goes to support the Texas Elks Camp and the Grants for Children with Special Needs.

If you need a red pig or would like to donate/assist with Sweetheart fundraising, please contact the lodge and ask for Shannon Cope.

Texas Elks Special Grants
Texas Elks Special Grants applications are now available online.  Please access the link (Special Grants | Texas Elks State Association) and download the application then submit your application directly to our Lodge at 1050 Katy Ft Bend Rd, Katy Texas 77493.  If you have questions, please contact the lodge at 281-391-2763.


Those devices eligible for consideration fall under four categories:

1. Replace missing body parts, such as limbs or eyes.
2. Restore body part functions such as hearing aids, telephonic equipment, bracing devices for spines or limbs, and,
3. Adaptive/ assistive devices for health, safety of the basic functioning or enhancing the quality of life, such as scaling equipment, positioning equipment, mobility equipment, integration equipment, and adaptive/assistive forms of technology.
4. Other items/services deemed appropriate by local lodges.

ELIGIBILITY Eligibility criteria are written to be as inclusive as possible. All children having special needs will be considered for grant assistance providing the following criteria are met:

1. A resident of Texas.
2. Up to 18 years of age or extended to 21 years of age, if still enrolled in school.
3. Whose special needs are neither fully covered by a private or public insurance carrier.
4. Whose special needs are not fully met by either a state and/or federal agency,
5. Whose special needs are not fully met by another grant program, and,
6. Whose financial needs justify assistance.

Upon receipt of the application, the committee reviews and upon approval the application is submitted to TECSI for final processing, verification and fund certification.