In October 2022, Dianna Johnson was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease

ATASACADERO — The Atascadero Elks Lodge is rallying the community to join a charity benefit dinner in support of Luther and Dianna Johnson on Aug. 26. The event will take place at the Elks Lodge, located at 1516 El Camino Real in Atascadero. The evening begins with a social hour at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. A $20 per person admission includes a delicious spread of spaghetti, salad, bread, and dessert. All proceeds from the dinner will go directly towards assisting Dianna in her ongoing battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

Dianna Johnson was an active individual who cherished outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and golfing. Unfortunately, her vibrant lifestyle took a turn when her legs started to lose function. In October 2022, Dianna was diagnosed with ALS, a debilitating condition that affects the nervous system and leads to muscle weakness. This disease has significantly impacted Dianna’s mobility, making it challenging for her to attend appointments and partake in events. She now requires various medical devices to maintain her quality of life. The funds raised from this event will contribute towards medical expenses, bills, and enhancing Dianna’s well-being.

In addition to the charity dinner, the evening promises an exciting auction featuring items like a cord of oak firewood (seasoned, split, and delivered), a libations basket, and a hair cut and style for one year.


For inquiries and to RSVP for the dinner, interested parties can contact the lodge office at (805) 466-3557.

The Atascadero Elks Lodge, established in 1987, has a rich history of contributing over $850,000 to various community programs. These include youth activities, local sports, programs for handicapped, and underprivileged children, veterans’ initiatives, and patriotic undertakings. The lodge is also active in drug awareness programs within local schools and distributes dictionaries to third-graders in the region.

The mission of the Atascadero Elks Lodge is to foster principles of charity, justice, brotherly love, and fidelity. It aims to cultivate a spirit of American patriotism, promote fellowship, and provide for the welfare of its members and the greater community. The lodge’s benevolent efforts extend to serving people and communities through impactful programs.