Our Rooftop Project

Why Are We Building This Rooftop Bar and Terrace?
For over one hundred years, the Summit Elks Lodge has been a pillar for the Summit community and the neighboring communities of New Providence and Chatham. Much of that support has come in the form of offering the ballroom and its supporting facilities to provide essential meeting space at a reasonable price, for charitable and community events.

The community organizations that have recently used our lodge’s ballroom range from Boys & Girls Clubs to athletic sports booster organizations, veterans groups, educational foundations, and first-responder associations. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy our Lodge served as an aid station for the Summit area until power was restored.

Event bookings by local organizations and our Elk membership have reached a point where many events have been turned away due to unavailability of dates.

This in part is due to the growing membership at the Lodge, which has tripled over the last five years to more than 2,000 members.

Purpose & Vision
The expansion and ultimate renovation of our Lodge has never been needed more. Over the past two years, working with WeSketch Architecture, we have developed plans to transform Summit Lodge 1246 into a first-class meeting facility, which can accommodate multiple events and will ensure that our Lodge continues to serve the greater Summit community for generations to come.

The Funding Plan
The total cost of the project, including renovation of the existing ballroom, is estimated to cost around $2.5 million.  We have secured a first mortgage from Investors Bank for $1.3 million, of which approximately $300,000 was used to repay an outstanding mortgage.

Our lodge trustees have set a goal to raise $1.2 million to cover the balance of the construction and finishing costs. We are counting on you to help us. We have received approximately $400,000 from about 275 donors, which means we have only scratched the surface of our 2,000 members!

Raise the Roof!
Supporters can contribute in two ways: By Naming rights, and through our Contribution Levels.

Naming Rights
Naming Rights Packages — Contact Rick Wolffe, Co-Chair of the Rooftop Fundraising Subcommittee for pricing information:

  • Rooftop Lounge — 3rd Floor naming rights
  • Rooftop Bar — Mirror/Mural behind Bar naming rights
  • Benefactor Wall — Name prominently titled above this wall
  • Outdoor Patio — rooftop patio naming rights
  • Exterior Firepit — prominently named on base of firepit
  • Interior Fireplace — prominently named above the fireplace

Contribution Levels
Click on the Contribution Amount for the given Contribution Level to pay for your contribution online safely and securely via Square, the online payment system. Would you prefer to make a simple, unencumbered donation to our Rooftop Project? Click here to use the rooftop donation page.

Contribution Level
Contribution Amount


Founders Circle

Rooftop Club

Benefactor Wall Tiles
$250 – $1,250

Click Here for More information: