The Slidell Elks celebrated 50 years of philanthropic work for veterans, youth and more during a recent anniversary dinner.

During its 50 years, the lodge has won many state and national awards, including six All American Lodge awards.

Special guests included Slidell Mayor Freddy Drennan and his wife, Glenda; Past Grand Exalted Ruler Millard Pickering, the state Elk sponsor from Oklahoma; Special Deputy Richard Conran and his wife, Sue; District Deputy Armand Buuck and his wife, Debbie; and State President Terry Bruno and his wife, Vicki. Thirteen past exalted rulers and their wives were also recognized.

Cub Scout Pack 348 served dinner, and Lodge Chaplain Glen Lemoine gave the invocation. Among those addressing the group were Lodge Secretary Wayne Landry, Exalted Ruler Herbert Hostler, Veterans Chairman Paul Newfield, Bruno and Pickering.