REAP receives grant from Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation for Owego Elks

Owego, NY — In partnership with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Owego 1039, Tioga County
Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP) LDC is pleased to announce the receipt of a $22,000 grant from the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation. These grant monies will be used to make much-needed repairs to the Elks’ historic building, located at 223 Front Street in the Village of Owego.

First built in the 1830s and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Elks Lodge is a significant building in the Village of Owego. For nearly 200 years, this building has been opened to the community for fundraisers, gatherings, and events. Repair of the roof is a critical next step in securing the future and long-term sustainability of the Owego Elks Lodge.

According to Abbey Ortu, President of REAP and Community Development Specialist for Tioga County Economic Development and Planning, “Tioga County REAP is happy to partner with the Owego Elks on this
important project. In addition to financial assistance, the space, volunteers, and resources that the Owego Elks share have an incredibly positive impact on our community. Making repairs to this historic building will
help ensure the continued stability of the Elks’ charitable giving.”

“We’re so thankful for this support. This grant will help stabilize the building and allow us to move forward
with our roof project and keep helping the community. Hundreds of people come through the Lodge every
year; this grant will keep the building safe and open to all,” says Steven Gregory, B.P.O. Elks Owego, Exalted

Roof repair estimates are approximately $250,000. Donations can be mailed to Owego Elks 1039, P.O. Box 6, Owego, NY 13827. The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Owego is a 501(c)(8) not-for-profit fraternal organization.