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Local committee donates to disaster relief
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    The Georgia Elks Disaster Committee donated $1,000 to Gateway Behavioral Health Services to help the agency recover from tornado damage suffered May 11. "Among all our lodges, this money represents the entire amount we had budgeted for disaster relief", said Ed Abe, Elks disaster committee chairman, "I only wish we had more to contribute to Gateway."
Tim Hutchens, chairman of the board for Gateway Behavioral Health Services, accepted the donation.
Hutchens said that the Elks Association donation was one of the largest that Gateway has received so far to provide relief to Gateway's consumers and clinical operations affected by the tornado. "The Elks Association is representative of the outpouring of support we have received from the community," Hutchens said.  "We are very thankful."
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, a charitable fraternal organization, consists of over one million members in all 50 states.  Its 32 Elk Lodges in Georgia, including one in Brunswick, raise funds for youth activities, drug education, veteran's services, and other worthwhile endeavors.
Gateway Behavioral Health Services is an accredited, licensed provider of community based treatment services for persons with mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse disabilities. For further information on the Gateway Disaster Relief fund or services provided by Gateway Behavioral Health Services call 1-866-557-9955 or 554-8500.

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