Below are links and overview to the CHEA and BPOE for more information about the Elks Organizations. We also have local Nevada County links for those organizations and businesses that support the Nevada City Elks.


The California – Hawaii Elks Association is a charitable organization serving children with disabilities since 1950.

With 173 lodges in 19 Districts (including the Islands of Guam and Philippines), the California-Hawaii Elks Association CHEA serves  disabled children, veterans, and our youth in wide range of activities. We are a proud organization with roots back to 1868 . There are thousands of Elks, who have not only helped millions of people, but are a social organization that enjoys the company of other Elks at our lodges where our meals and beverages support our growth and the community.

B.P.O.E. stands for The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (or as they are affectionately known, the Best People On Earth). Elks are American Citizens who want to save its great values; who love others and want to make sure they are healthy and happy; and who love life and want to contribute to it, as well as to share it. As a member, we find there is nothing better than serving our community through the various activities and charities supported by our local Elks Lodge.

The California-Hawaii Elks Association CHEA is best known for its support of children with disabilities.  The Purple Pig is the fundraising arm of this charitable work and serves as a reminder to the membership that our greatest joy is in giving to and helping others. Whether you help through the various support methods such as Bequests and Living Trust, regular monthly donations, filling the Purple Pig with the “A Coin A Day so they can Walk, Talk, See and Play”–there are many ways to support the children and their families who may have had little hope without the CHEA intervention.


Elks Care, Elks Share. Are YOU an Elk?

Elks Lodges bring so much more to their communities than just a building, golf course or pool. They are places where neighbors come together, families share meals, and children grow up.

Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, by undertaking projects that address unmet need, and by honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans.

Need more information about our area? Other businesses and organizations who support the Nevada City Elks Lodge #518.

The UnionHansen Brothers Ent.Nevada City ChamberGrass Valley Chamber of CommerceNevada County Gold Magazine & onlineKNCO News Talk 830YubaNet.comChapel of Angels Mortuary & CrematorySPD Markets