Harry-Anna Trust Fund
The Florida Elks Children's Hospital was conceived in 1931 by the imaginative minds of the late David Sholtz, Past Grand Exalted Ruler, and Harry R. P. Miller, a retired financier of Eustis, FL. Through the generosity of Harry and Anna Miller, the idea became reality, when their compassion and love for handicapped children led them to offer to the Florida State Elks Association, Inc., a three-story hotel and several orange groves in Umatilla, Florida. The Elks accepted, and the Harry-Anna Home for crippled children was born.
In the late sixties the home took on the status of a special pediatric orthopedic hospital and became the Florida Elks Harry-Anna Crippled Children's Hospital. Over the years, the hospital occupied three different buildings, all in Lake County, but the same loving; quality care has been rendered in each. On July 30, 1977 the hospital took up residence at its’ final location constructed at a cost of $2.1 million. The Elks take great pride in the fact that these funds came entirely from the private sector (no federal or state funding), primarily through the generosity of Florida Elks and their ladies.
During the 1985 Annual Elks Convention the hospital was renamed The Florida Elks Children's Hospital which continued providing invaluable services to children through the rest of the eighties and throughout the nineties. In the later end of the 1990's it had become apparent that rehabilitation time was greatly reduced because of modern medical technology and treatment and patients wished not to be so far from home.
Economically, it was no longer feasible to run the hospital. The 100-bed hospital sometimes had as few as 12 patients, yet costs for staff, maintenance and operations continued. It was a very, very tormenting decision to close the hospital, made with many a tear in the eye.
Even though the Florida Elks Children's Hospital is closed the Harry-Anna Trust Fund continues to fund the two main charity projects of Florida Elks. The Florida Elks Children's Therapy Services and the Florida Elks Youth Camp.
Florida Elks Youth Camp
The 385 acre camp is located in Umatilla, Florida, 45 miles north of Orlando. The camp has been rated A+ by the American Campers Association. The camp features a lake with catch and release fishing, canoes, paddle boats, an archery range, golf driving range, Olympic swimming pool, baseball diamond, soccer field, outdoor basketball courts, tennis courts, a rock climbing wall, a confidence building ropes course with elevated and ground elements, 42 cabins that house 9 occupants each, a 15,000 square foot enclosed pavilion, an 850 seat gymnasium with 3 full length basket ball courts, and additional primitive camp sites. Our Lodge provides at least 10 “Camperships” each summer.