We like to bake, eat – and give

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If you like to eat then this is the weekend for you.

And if you like to donate to worthy causes, you’re in for a double treat.

Two annual fundraisers will take place over the next couple of days, and both benefit great causes. Each has been around long enough to where they are now known as community events.

The BetterCARE bake sale will be Friday, April 18 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Eagles Lodge parking lot. Items for sale will include homemade breads, pies, cakes, cookies, cupcakes, brownies and much more.

Lori Stoltz and Pat Davenport sell tiickets for purchase for the golden egg raffle, which is part of BetterCARE's annual Easter bake sale. The egg will be stuffed with a variety of prizes and is valued at mroe than $200. Tickets can be purchased at the hospital lobby or at the bake sale Friday.

Lori Stoltz and Pat Davenport sell tiickets for purchase for the golden egg raffle, which is part of BetterCARE’s annual Easter bake sale. The egg will be stuffed with a variety of prizes and is valued at mroe than $200. Tickets can be purchased at the hospital lobby or at the bake sale Friday.

“It seems like we sell more and more every year,” Carol Humphrey said. “It has been a success for us. We only do two things every year. We have the gala and then we have the bake sale.”

Each year, the group sells eggs, and inside a select number of eggs there is a chance to win an Easter basket. This year, a golden egg will also be raffled.

Tickets for a chance to win the golden egg cost $1 each and are available at the information desk in the lobby of Benewah Community Hospital. The winning ticket will be drawn at 1 p.m. Friday. Mrs. Humphrey said the items inside the egg will be a great surprise for the winner. She said several local businesses have donated.

“It will be stuffed with prizes, and it is worth more than $200,” she explained.

After you get your fill of sweets, be sure to head to the Elks Lodge the next evening.

The 14th annual pork chop feed fundraiser to support the St. Maries Elk’s youth scholarship fund is Saturday, April 19th. Dinner will be served at 5 p.m. at the lodge. A live auction will follow at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 per adult and $5 for children 12 years and younger. The meal includes a salad, pork chops, mashed potatoes, a vegetable and dessert. A fifty-fifty raffle will also be run at the event.

All money raised from the event supports local graduates.

The dinner has been sponsored by Felton’s Auto Sales since the business’ inception.

Dan and Barb Felton, owners of Felton's Auto Sales sponsor the Elk's Pork Chop Feed each year to benefit the Elk's Youth Scholarship Fund. The 14th annual event is Saturday.

Dan and Barb Felton, owners of Felton’s Auto Sales sponsor the Elk’s Pork Chop Feed each year to benefit the Elk’s Youth Scholarship Fund. The 14th annual event is Saturday.

Owner Dan Felton decided he wanted to give back to the community and chose to sponsor a dinner.

“I happen to like pork chops and different community groups have organized different themed dinners to raise money for their causes, so we came up with our own,” he said.

Felton’s donates all the food for the event, and the community donates the items for the auction. Last year the event raised a record $5,300 and ran out of food.

Mr. Felton said he believes last year’s event was so successful because it was held on a Saturday, rather than the traditional Sunday afternoon.

“The change worked out well,” he said. “I am ordering 200 pork chops this year because I ordered 150 last year and ran out.”

Because of the event’s success, the lodge has been able to award seven $500 academic scholarships this year.

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