Masonic lodge raises funds for Northampton Area Food Bank
The Porter Chapman Masonic Lodge held a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the Northampton Area Food Bank April 6.
“We hold the fundraiser when they need some help. It’s part of our commitment to help the community,” said Richard Mullen, who helped coordinate the event. “Everyone in the lodge chips in to make the event successful.”
The lodge is unique in that it is actually two separate lodges. The Porter Lodge was formed in Catasauqua Borough, and the Chapman Lodge was originally in Northampton Borough. The combined lodges are based at 1103 Sixth St., North Catasauqua.
“We found this building, and it is great for what we need. There is room for the lodge chambers, and we can sponsor events in the meeting room,” said Tim Weighknecht, who was elected as Worshipful Master for this year.
For the Northampton event, Thrivent Bank stepped up as a sponsor with its Live Generously community outreach program.
The lodge has a long history of supporting the Northampton Area Food Bank. Members show up on the second Saturday of each month to support the local operation.
“We are looking for ways to support local schools. We have a nice facility that can be used for special events, and we’re right next to the park,” said Weighknecht.
Besides a healthy serving of pasta, the event had a basket raffle, 50/50 raffle and a variety of desserts ranging from homemade cookies to specialty layer cakes.
The lodge has a couple of signature events on tap. The annual horseshoe tournament, scheduled for July 14, includes a picnic for family and friends.
A fire and ice event is set for Sept. 14. The lodge raffles coolers and guns at an event limited to 200 tickets.