Historians believe it took 100,000 men to construct a pyramid in Ancient Egypt. The United States
government employs 4 million people to manage the functions of democracy. In New York City, 35,000 police
officers enforce laws to combat crime. These facts reiterate the concept of the Elks National Foundation's
2005-06 annual report, Strength in Numbers.
One person couldn't build a 400-foot pyramid, coordinate a country of nearly 300 million people, or patrol
every street in a major U.S. city. But when people join together, their potential thrives.
When we launched the Community Investments Program last year, we began thinking about how our
programs bring Elks, families, friends and communities together. A scholarship recipient biked 4,500 miles
with friends to raise funds for hurricane relief. Lodge members cooked and served dinner to youth in need.
Volunteers across the state of Massachusetts entertained veterans with baseball and bingo. These stories
and others in this report show people uniting to create change, meet a need, or
accomplish a goal.
The Foundation was founded on a premise that exemplifies Strength in Numbers: If you
can't give a million, be one of a million to give. Since the Foundation's inception, we
haven't built any pyramids, but we have constructed a temple of philanthropy that will
continue to build stronger communities for years to come. And, we haven't done it alone.
Honorable Lester C. Hess Jr., Chairman
Elks National Foundation Board of Trustees
A Message from the Chairman:
Riding For Relief: MVS Recipient and Friends Bike for Hurricane Awareness
Pegah Javidpour rode her sea green bike through streets flanked
by shells of burnt cars and houses stained with spray paint. The
2003 Most Valuable Student scholarship recipient and her four
friends traveled 150 miles through the Gulf Coast on their way to New
Orleans. Embarking from Daytona Beach, Fla., in June, this was only the
beginning of their 4,500 mile cross-country bike ride to raise fund