In 1950, CHEA (California-Hawaii Elks Association) created an organization within it to help children with disabilities. The fundraising arm of CHEMPI (California-Hawaii Elks Major Projects Inc.) is the Purple Pig.
This unique program funds 32 paid therapists and preschool vision screeners, hired by CHEMPI, to help disabled children when no other organizations can or will. These CHEMPI professional therapists and preschool vision screeners travel, sometimes great distances, to help children get care they need.
On our PURPLE PIGS there is a saying: "A COIN A DAY AND THEY'LL WALK, TALK, SEE AND PLAY," which is really a polite way of saying... we should do a little more.
If every single Elk in our Association would donate just 10 cents, one thin dime a day, the PIGGY BANK would have over $3.5 million for the year. As you can see, it doesn't take much.
Just a lot of people doing just a little more to help the handicapped children that is the real reason for our existence. What we need is a lot of people working together for the same cause. That's the Elks. That's what the PIGGY BANK is all about!
Each of you Elks received a PURPLE PIG when you were initiated. We take off our hat to you who have used the piggy bank and returned them to the office for credit! Thank you for the past, now let's build up the future!