Largo, FL 2159

Largo, FL Lodge News

Largo Elks, What We Do Does Make a Difference!

What We Do as Elks does Make a Difference!

A Shining Example of How the Bartenders Silent Auction and
the Largo Police Community Resource Fund,
Helps Our Community!

From Bob Behm
Veteran’s Committee Chairman

Many of you may already know, but just in case you don’t, the Bartenders Silent Auction raises

money for the Largo Police Community Resource Fund! This year the silent Auction will take

place on Saturday October 15 th the day before the Oktoberfest for the Army of Hope.

The story I would like to share with you was told to me by Largo Police Officer Sergeant Quattlebam

and he asked me to share it with the Largo Elks Members. He told me that on Tuesday night he

received a distress call, and when he got to the location, he found a 70-year-old man at the site

of the call. After talking to him he found out that he was a Veteran who had been living in his

Ford F-150 for the last 3 months. Apparently, his landlord raised his rent so high he could no

longer afford it on his 1000 dollar a month income, so he is now homeless.

Sergeant Quattlebam asked him if had any family here in Florida. He said he had a daughter but she has issues and cannot

even take care of herself. At that point the Sergeant got the Veteran a good hot meal, which was probably his

first in a while, and got him a motel for the night. Wednesday morning, he took the Veteran to

Bay Pines VA facility and they have already got him a room in an assisted living facility in


Sergeant Quattelbam’s reason for telling me the story was the money he used to pay for the motel

and the hot meal came from the funds he got from the Largo Elks Lodge.

Thank you all for your continued support and we hope to see you Saturday Night, October 15th, at the Bartenders Blind Auction to help with this worthwhile cause and have some fun doing it!

Bob Behm

Veteran’s Committee Chairman