The Red Pig program was an offshoot of the very successful California-Hawaii Elks Association Purple Pig program.  All funds the Lodge Texas Elks Sweetheart raises for the Red Pigs go to the Texas Elks Children’s Services Inc (TECSI).


This money is used for free summer camp for special needs children as well as free medical devices that help enrich the lives of those who need it most.

CONGRATULATIONS to Matt McNicholas from Grapevine 2483. North Central District ~ Your NEW Texas State Sweetheart!

State of Texas: Total amount raised for the State  $810,223.12

View and download the Red Pig Certificate

TECSI Red Pig Push Card



Karen McCrary is the Texas Elks State Association Red Pig and Interlodge Committee Chair. kmccrary12@verizon.net  State Chair

Texas Elks support nearly 350 children with special needs every summer. Any child with a special need, between the ages of 7 and 15, who is a resident of the state of Texas is eligible for admission to Texas Elks Camp.  Texas Elks Childrens Services Inc is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt number 74-2584826. You can download the IRS Determination Letter here.

Elks Camp has been serving children with special needs since 1987. Children who meet the criteria are able to attend at no cost. At Texas Elks camp the number one rule is to have fun! In addition, Texas Elks award over four hundred twenty-five thousand dollars in Special Grants for Special Children to deserving Texas children with various special physical needs. Our desire is to improve the current and future quality of life for children with special physical needs.

Children across the State of Texas have been helped with hearing aids, wheelchairs, and computers with Braille capabilities, special braces, and a host of other devices that make special needs children stronger and more confident as they face their unique challenges. Texas Elks take great pride in this project. We are proud because we see children in our communities benefit and because this project has inspired us all to become more involved. Click here for more information. The application process starts at a local Elks Lodge.

Kent Fletcher, the 2017-2018 Texas State Sweetheart, from PanWest District, Amarillo Lodge # 923, will forever have the distinction of being the first man to ever win Texas State Sweetheart


Matt McNicholas from Grapevine # 2483
Texas sweetheartsraised $ $810,223.12  in 2021-2022