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Odd Fellows plan fundraiser Sunday to benefit many

The Athens Odd Fellows Lodge No. 961 has the skillets handy for a fundraiser on Sunday.

The organization will be cooking up chicken fried steak and some sides from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Odd Fellows Lodge is located at 1301 Cayuga Dr. on the southwest side of Athens.

“After church, you can come by, and join us for some good food and fellowship,” Odd Fellows member Dan Reynolds said.

The chicken fried steaks and gravy head up the menu that also includes mashed potatoes, a vegetable and bread. The cost is $8 for adults, and $5 for children 12 and under.

“The money raised will benefit the scholarship fund, local food pantries, volunteer fire departments and other charities,” Reynolds said.

For more than 25 years, the Athens Odd Fellows and Rebekah Lodges have been presenting scholarships to graduating seniors from local high schools. The Odd Fellows team up with Trinity Valley Community College to fund the scholarships.

In May, the lodge presented checks to seven students who will be attending Trinity Valley Community College in 2017-2018.

Odd Fellows recently presented a check to the Henderson County Food Pantry in Athens, and from time-to-time gives checks to other area food pantries.

The Odd Fellows No. 961 website said the organization offers “a unique environment of caring and supportive folks to learn and grow with. We strive to become better people. Odd Fellowship is a way to support many local, national and international charities.”

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows or Odd Fellows is a non-political and non-sectarian international fraternal order founded in 1819.

Some goals of the organization are to improve and elevate the character of mankind by promoting the principles of friendship, love, truth, faith, hope, charity and universal justice, and to help by aiding each other in times of need. That’s done through organizing charitable projects and activities to benefit the less fortunate, the youth, the elderly, the environment and the community.

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