HISTORY OF THE ARIZONA ELKS MAJOR PROJECTS, INC.
In 1931, the Elks of Arizona purchased a hospital, known as the "Elks
Long Term Care Center," which was operated primarily to treat tuberculosis
In May 1950, the Arizona Elks Major Projects, Inc., as I.R.C. 501(c)(3)
organization, was established, and the Elks Long Term Care Center came under the
auspices of the Arizona Elks Major Projects, Inc.
As the prevalence of tuberculosis declined the Elks
Long Term Care Center
became devoted to care of the elderly and infirm, rather than to the treatment
of tuberculosis. There was only one Elks Long Term Care Center, which was
the same facility as the Elks Long Term Care Unit located on west Speedway,
In 1991, the Arizona Elks Major Projects, Inc. closed the Elks
Long Term Care
Center and selected the Steele Memorial Children's Research Center as their main
charity. The Steele Memorial Children's Research Center is part of the
University of Arizona College of Medicine. The Elks' selection of the
Steele Memorial Children's Research Center as their main charity was a
continuation of the philanthropic work of the Arizona Elks Major Projects,
Inc., which continues to control and administer the charitable work of the Elks
THE ARIZONA ELKS AND THE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH CENTER
Since 1991, the Arizona Elks have focused our fund raising efforts on the
Steele Memorial Children's Research Center. This Center is part of the
University of Arizona college of Medicine, but the work that's done there will
help children across the state, and throughout the world.
The Children's Research Center is a place where internationally recognized
physicians and researchers work together to find answers to the medical problems
that plague our children.
Our funds help researchers at the Children's Research Center find answers
faster. If we tried to provide medical care for needy children, our funds
would help only a select few. by funding medical research and education,
thousands of children are benefiting from our help.
WHAT OUR MONEY SUPPORTS
Funding for medical research is shorter than ever before. So more and
more researchers count on the private sector for necessary funds to continue
The Arizona Elks fund "seed grants" at the
Center. These grants, in amounts of approximately $25,000 each, to new
research projects. These projects may not be current contenders for
federal funding, but may hold real promise for finding a cure to a child's
We can all feel very proud of our financial support of "seed
grants." These researchers have already made invaluable contributions
to the world of children's health, thanks to our generosity and support.
TRANSPLANTATION RESEARCH AND EDUCATION
Thanks to the Arizona Elks, a wing on the sixth floor of the Children's
Research Center is dedicated to "Transplantation Research and
Education." Our funds are not paying for individual
transplants, but to increase the body of knowledge about transplantation so that
many lives can be saved.
With our support, researchers are working on projects that would decrease the
problems with rejection that transplant patients have and improve the
transplantation process. A recent development is the use of the blood
cells from umbilical cord for the treatment of some childhood cancers.
Research on various aspects of gene therapy is proceeding quickly with our
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Your continued individual support, as well as your lodge's support is needed
and appreciated. There are many opportunities for giving and raising money
throughout the year. We hope that as least one of them appeals to
you. Your individual donations, both monetary and in personal time and
travel are tax deductible.
Our goal is to reduce or eradicate children's diseases in Arizona and
beyond - through research, education and patient care.
What greater legacy can the Arizona Elks give to our children, our
grandchildren and those who come after, than this contribution to good health?
If you would like to know more about the Children's Research Center, or would
like to take a tour of the facility, please talk with the Major Projects
Chairman in your lodge or call the Major Projects Office at 1.888.808.8627.
Now you know how the Elks help and you wish to
join. Click the link below for information on how to become part of the
Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks of the USA