The Brookfield Elks presented checks benefiting local charities at the their March 25 member appreciation night, including a $500 grant to Hephzibah Children’s Association, which was accepted by auxiliary board member David Wick (second from right). Also pictured, from left are Elks Grant Coordinator Margaret DeGuide, Brookfield Lodge Exalted Ruler Anton Zeman and Leading Knight Ed Rentka. (Submitted)

Brookfield Elks Lodge #1510 on March 25 hosted an appreciation night for its members where they also presented Illinois Elks Association grants to benefit local; charities.

The Elks are known for their charitable efforts that include supporting military veterans, awarding college scholarships and collecting coats and clothing for children at local schools, among others.

At the March 25 event, Brookfield Lodge Exalted Ruler Anton Zeman presented David Wick of the Hephzibah Children’s Association located in Oak Park Illinois with a check for $500. 

Hephzibah provides intensive therapeutic care for severely traumatized young children, supports foster children and their families and provides day care to families of all income levels just to name a few of the great services they offer.  

The Elks also awarded $1,000 to Jim Stein of the Fisher House at Hines V.A. Hospital. The facility opened in 2010 and has served more than 14,000 guests. The first of its kind in Illinois, the center offers 20-bedroom suites to accommodate the spouses and families of the vets that are hospitalized at Hines.

Zeman presented an additional $1,000 grant check to Kerry Thomas of the Hines V.A. Food Pantry, which provides both perishable and non-perishable food to more than 500 veterans every Thursday.

The Brookfield Elks Lodge, 9022 31st St., is funded through member donations as well as fundraising events and hall rentals. The lodge is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m. and welcomes visitors. Call 708-387-1510 or email with questions.

On campus

Tommy Russell

Brookfield resident Tommy Russell, a junior business major at Millikin University in Decatur, placed eighth and earned All-American honors competing at the 2022 NCAA Division III National Wrestling Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 11-12.

Russell opened the tournament with a win by pin and then lost to the tournament’s No. 6 seed, sending him into the consolation bracket. He won two more matches there to place eighth in the 125-pound weight class.

Clayton Stewart, of Brookfield, was named to the 2022 winter quarter dean’s list at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Stewart, who is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering, has a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.2 on a 4-point scale.

Brookfield residents Avery Bowen, Max Issel, Suzana Jukic, Victoria Lozano, Nicholas Ortiz and Cameron Trimborn; North Riverside residents Maximiliano Alvarez, Anthony Huerta and Nicholas Novak; and Riverside residents Michael Adler, Noah Breit, Luca Franceschina, Daniel Gonzalez Patrick Hanley, Celeste Izaguirre, Claire Kawiecki, Daniel Kawiecki, John Kosner, Samuel Linhart, Lily Mosbrook, Malika Raffensperger-Schill, James Sacharski and Emily Xu were named to the 2021 fall dean’s list at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Kieran Hayes, of Riverside, a senior in the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota, was named to the 2021 fall semester dean’s list for attaining a GPA of at least 3.66.

Modear B. LeClair, a Brookfield resident studying nursing at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, was named to the 2021 fall semester dean’s list for earning a semester GPA of at least 3.6.