The Towanda Elks Lodge was home Sunday to a block party featuring live bands and promising "food, fun and music."

The first-ever event featured three bands, lawn games, raffles, food and prizes. Each of the bands playing Sunday donated their time to the event, which will raise money for the Elks' operations costs as well as its charitable fund for members of the military, said Elks representative Ruth Roof.

In fact, Roof said, organizers of the event had to turn some interested bands away from performing at Sunday's event because of time constraints. Between set-up time and other events, only three bands could play during the five-hour festival, she explained.

In addition to music, the party featured a game of "yard bingo" in the lawn behind the Main Street lodge, a 50/50 drawing and raffles for ten gift baskets which contained maple candies, beauty products, food and other items.

The lodge also sold chicken barbecue halves and dinners, pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs and beverages.

Part of the proceeds from Sunday's event will benefit the Elks' charity account for veterans, Roof said. The club raises money for the charity fund, which also benefits youth programs, throughout the year with various fundraisers, she said.

Money designated for the military goes toward purchasing supplies for veterans' hospitals as well as troops currently overseas, Roof said.

Roof said organizers hope to hold another block party in the fall with more bands, likely with a rock-and-roll music theme.

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