In July 2018, the Milford Elks applied to the Elks National Foundation for an Anniversary Grant. The grant would award $1500 to the Lodge. Through the recommendation of a longtime member, the Lodge members voted to use the grant to benefit the Milford Animal Shelter.
On September 29th, 2018, the Milford Elks Lodge #1589 held their first annual Open House. A representative from the Milford Animal Shelter was in attendance to accept the Anniversary Grant on their behalf. Exalted Ruler, Robert Muoio, and Public Relations Chairman, Al Pinto presented the award.