NY State Elks Major Projects
Each State undertakes a Major Project where they focus their resources for the betterment of the program. In New York State our project is United Cerebral Palsy.
On March 15, 1964, representatives of the New York State Elks Association and the UCPA/NYS met to discuss a joint venture that would benefit children and adults with disabilities and their families. As a result, the NYS Elks Service Program was adopted as an Elks Major Project. Since that time the New York State Elks Association has contributed over $10 million to the UCPA/NYS for the Home Service Program including $460,000 in the last year.
On April 1, 1966, the first two Home Service Directors began mobile services to persons with disabilities and their families. Since 1966, the program has grown and expanded to every county of New York State with 27 Home Service Directors serving over 12,000 individuals with disabilities. In 2001 UCPA officially changed their name to Cerebral Palsy Associations of New York State.
Each year, every Lodge in the State is given a per capita to reach for UCP. Fund-raisers at the Lodge and District level help to meet our goals and service the thousands of youth afflicted by CP.
2022-23 Exalted Ruler Chris Petrella with New York State Elks Association Cerebral Palsey Ambassador Charles Dieteman.