The Elk’s Hall in Leslieville was engulfed in flames on Dec. 29. The hall was lost and the group is looking into rebuilding. Photo courtesy of Scott Finkbeiner

Elk’s benefit raises more than $53,000

A benefit for the Leslieville Elks was held Feb. 3 at the Leslieville Community Centre

More than $53,000 was raised to help the rebuild the Elks Hall in Leslieville.

A fire destroyed the Elks Hall in late December. A 17-year-old youth from Clearview County is facing arson charges.

Theresa Jamieson and Jennifer Heyland, owners of Hooterville Hilton Cafe in Leslieville hosted the recent fundraiser. They hoped to raise $50,000 to helped the Elks rebuild and move on.

“Hopefully this helps the rebuild go a bit quicker,” they said in a Facebook post.

Even before the silent auction took place on Feb. 3, the cafe owners said they had somewhere around $20,000 in cash donations, which had been safely secured in the bank.

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