140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Friday, November 27, 2009

Fall-line motorsports raise money for Shriners Hospital for Children

"On December 5-6 in Willows, California, Fall-Line Motorsports, Trim-Tex Drywall Products, WeatherTech, and Barrington Concours will participate in the Drive for 25 charity event at the Thunderhill Race Track. The longest endurance race in the world, participants drive through the night for 25 hours straight. The team with the most laps at the end is declared the winner. Fall-Line will be bringing 2 cars to the event. The #70 BMW M3 will be driven by Joe Koenig, Mark Boden, Gunter Schaldach, and Mike Borkowski. The #72 BMW M3 will be driven by Jim Hamman, Tom Herb, David MacNeil, Cooper MacNeil and Randy Pobst. By participating in the race the team hopes to raise $50,000 for the Automotive Safety Project at Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Chicago.Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Chicago specializes in treating patients with spinal cord injuries
: many of which were sustained through a motor vehicle accident. In order to reduce injuries and fatalities from motor crashes the Chicago Shriners Hospital launched the Automotive Safety Project. This initiative provides adaptive car seats to children with disabilities, adaptive car equipment to drivers with disabilities, and promotes safe driving to the public.


By Jamie Brady, Journal Contributor

Bill Berman, owner of Shelbi Ranch in Solvang, is much like his hero Roy Rogers. They are both cowboys at heart. They both appreciate the values that built America. And they both have been active Freemasons and Shriners and support their charities. Inspired by his hero, Berman opened Shelbi Ranch 10 years ago to raise funds for the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Shelbi Ranch, located in the Hans Christian Andersen Square, donates all its profits to the charity hoping to help the children and families that turn to the hospital in their times of need.

“One trip to the Shriner’s Hospital to see the kids gets you hooked,” says Berman of his passion in supporting the hospital. The Shriner’s Hospital for Children accepts children up to age 18 who have orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. The children receive care in family centered settings at no cost to the families. Berman says it costs $1.7 million a day for the care the hospitals provide, and that is with all doctors volunteering their time and resources.

Berman and his wife, Shelley, reside partially in Los Angeles where they own a clothing manufacturing company called Jody California. Berman says he heard about the Santa Ynez Valley 25 years ago in an article in the Los Angeles Times. After visiting the area, the couple fell in love with the small-town feel of the area. They purchased 20 acres of land and began coming to the Valley on weekends.

The couple decided that the Santa Ynez Valley would be a perfect place to start their non-profit business because of how friendly the community is. “It just felt natural to open the business here and not in Los Angeles,” Berman explains. The couple came up with the name by combining their names Shelley and Bill together. Shelbi Ranch is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

It originally began with the Cowboyland Museum and expanded from there. The museum is filled with western memorabilia and tours are given free of charge to groups, however a donation is appreciated. Now “The Ranch” consists of the Water Wheel Café and a hodgepodge of clothing and fabric stores. The café continues the western motif with a real player piano that plays tunes such as “Happy Trails.”

The menu is composed of classic American favorites such as hot dogs, hamburgers and French fries to name a few. The best part? Most of the menu items cost just a buck. Berman and his wife volunteer their time running the business and employ two waitresses to assist customers. “I love working here because it’s for a charity,” says Sarah Gach, an employee for four years.

The clothing stores in the building consist of apparel from the couple’s clothing manufacturing company, which is sold below cost. Berman’s daughter designs all of their clothing, including formal dresses and a western wear line. The couple says the formal dresses sold at Shelbi Ranch would be sold in retail stores for at least $60; however, here they cost just $10.

“I feel like we are providing a service to the community and raising money for the children,” says Berman. He adds that by selling the food and clothing at such reasonable prices, perhaps it will help those who couldn’t normally afford them. Berman says the economy is definitely affecting his clothing business right now, but Shelbi Ranch continues to thrive. “When people know what we are all about, they become regular customers,” he says. “Even if they don’t live here, they will come when they visit Solvang.”

Another part of Shelbi Ranch quickly growing in popularity is its discount fabric. The fabric is sold for 99 cents per yard, whereas many fabric stores can be $3 or more per yard. First-time customer Shelle Hendrix of Santa Maria was delighted to discover the place. “I am absolutely in love!” she says. “The prices are good and the fabric is good quality.” Hendrix says she will have a hard time going back to a regular fabric store where prices are so high.

“Many people will say that their experience here was the highlight of their trip to Solvang,” Berman says, agreeing. He says this is because he works hard and never gives up, which are values he learned in his 40 years as a Mason. The best piece of advice he says he ever received is, “’The harder you work the luckier you get,’ and now it’s time to give back.”

Berman says many of today’s kids are getting the wrong message because they have the wrong kind of heroes. He says when he was a kid his heroes were Roy Rogers and Hopalong Cassidy, who were positive examples. This is why he chooses to help the children at the Shriner’s Hospital, so that they too, may have some positive heroes of their own.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Shriners Hospital for Children-LA Administrator receives Award

Terence T. Cunningham III, FACHE, hospital administrator at Shriners Hospitals for Children— Los Angeles received the American College of Healthcare Executives Senior-Level Healthcare Executive Regent's Award in conjunction with the 2009 Health Care Executives of Southern California Fall Conference.

The award recognizes ACHE affiliates who are experienced in the field and have significantly contributed toward the advancement of health care management excellence and the achievement ACHE goals.

Affiliates are evaluated on leadership ability, innovative and creative management, executive capability in developing their own organization and promoting its growth and stature in the community, contributions to the development of others in the health care profession, leadership in local, state, or provincial hospital and health association activities, participation in civic/community activities and projects, and participation in ACHE activities and interest in assisting ACHE in achieving its objectives.

Cunningham has served as hospital administrator of Shriners Hospitals for Children— Los Angeles since 2006.

Cost cuting at Shriners Hospitals for Children -Erie,Pa.

Hamot, Shriners Partner
Erie Shriners Hospital is moving its inpatient surgeries and procedures to Hamot Medical Center.

Same-day surgeries and outpatient services will continue at the Shriners hospital on West Eighth Street.

The announcement comes four months after Shriners International voted to keep all 22 Shriners hospitals open, but encouraged them to partner with other area hospitals to reduce costs.


Jr. Falcon cheerleader, players at Shrine Bowl Nov.21

courtesy • colfax record

Colfax Jr. Falcons participating in this weekend’s Shrine Bowl, standing from left are Mario Margherita, Michael Wilson, Jack Baldoni, Chancey Trentman and Michael Calleja. In front is Sara Holderman.

Five Colfax Jr. Falcon football players and a cheerleader will participate in the annual Shriners Bowl at 5 p.m. on Saturday at California State University, Sacramento.

This is the fourth year the Jr. Falcons have been invited to participate.

Representing the Jr. Falcons cheer squad will be backspot Sarah Holderman.

An eighth grader at Weimar Hills School, this is her first year on the cheer squad.

The daughter of Mark and Lisa Holderman enjoys reading and video games.

Michael Calleja currently plays nose guard for the Jr. Falcons. He has been active with the Jr. Falcons for four years and also enjoys wakeboarding.

An eighth grader at Colfax Elementary School, he is the son of Kathy and Steven Calleja.

Chancey Trentman has played for the Jr. Falcons for three years. Currently, he is the team’s running back.

In addition to football, Trentman enjoys playing basketball and baseball.

The son of Mike and Melodee Trentman is an eighth grader at Weimar Hills School.

Jack Primo Baldoni has been a Jr. Falcon for five years and is currently the team’s linebacker.

He is an eighth grader at Weimar Hills and is a member of the swim team.

His parents are Danny and Wendy Baldoni.

Michael Wilson is the quarterback for the Jr. Falcons. He has been a member of the organization for four years.

An eighth grader at Weimar Hills School, he enjoys playing PS3 and shooting hoops.

His parents are Dan and Debbie Wilson.

Linebacker Mario Margherita has been with the Colfax Jr. Falcons for five years.

An eighth grade student at Colfax Elementary School, he is the son of Andrew and LeAnn Margherita.

The game is a fundraiser for Shriners Hospital, which provides free medical care to children with orthopedic conditions, spinal cord injuries and burns.

Tickets are $12 per person. For more information, call Debbie Goodrich at 613-0634.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Shriners Study Effectiveness of AIS Bracing

Content provided by The O&P E- http://www.oandp.com/articles/NEWS_2009-11-19_02.asp
and www.shrinershq.org/Hospitals/Main/Feature/Scoliosis_In_Search_of_the_Best_Treatment.aspx

According to Shriners Hospitals for Children, as many as .5 percent of children develop scoliosis severe enough to warrant treatment, and adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) affects up to four percent of children—particularly girls—who are between the ages of ten and 16.

Bracing has long been the most common treatment for youth with moderate curves, according to Shriners, but no strong scientific data exists to demonstrate whether bracing actually prevents or slows the condition’s progress.

Matthew Dobbs, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon at Shriners Hospitals for Children, St. Louis, and associate professor of pediatric orthopaedic surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, emphasizes that bracing is not an ideal treatment.

“Bracing a child with scoliosis is not an easy task,” he stated on shrinershq.org. “Adolescents do not want to wear a brace that makes them look and feel different from their friends. Bracing has been the accepted treatment for years for adolescents with a curve of 20 to 40 degrees, but there is no hard data to support that it works. We honestly don’t know what the right treatment is for patients with curves in this range. Some with braces do fine, as do some without. This is definitely a medical question that needs to be answered.”

To answer the question of bracing’s effectiveness, Shriners and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are conducting a multi-center research study titled Bracing in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Trial (BrAIST). The study, on which Dobbs is the lead investigator, has two main goals: to determine which patients actually benefit from bracing, and to help improve screening and treatment protocols and quality of life for AIS patients.

“Bracing is very expensive, as are the school screening programs,” Dobbs commented. “If we find that bracing is not effective, then screening programs to identify scoliosis in early stages could be stopped. On the other hand, if bracing is found to be effective, then more effort and resources could be employed toward improved screening programs to identify children with curves early enough that they can benefit from bracing.

Compliance is a major issue in bracing, Shriners noted. Patients are commonly advised to wear their brace 20 hours a day, but the braces are uncomfortable and awkward, especially for teens who want to fit in with their peers. In the BrAIST study, a heat sensor implanted in participants’ braces will monitor compliance.

Shriners also noted that it has studies under development toward determining whether children with other conditions that lead to scoliosis, including spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, and osteogenesis imperfecta, actually benefit from spinal bracing for the condition.

You ca copy and paste either on of the following links to read more information
Content provided by The O&P E- http://www.oandp.com/articles/NEWS_2009-11-19_02.asp
and www.shrinershq.org/Hospitals/Main/Feature/Scoliosis_In_Search_of_the_Best_Treatment.aspx

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Song proceeds to benefit Shriners Hospitals for children.

The One World Christmas Trees Music Project for Shriners Hospitals for
Children is offering "One World Christmas Trees," by FreeMason artist
Christopher Wauben, a contemporary pop Christmas song.

Proceeds from the song, available at www.BlueCoalition.com/33 will
benefit the Shriners Hospitals.

The song is available on Itunes, Napster, Amazon mp3, Rhapsody and
other digital download Web sites for 99 cents.

So go and check out www.BlueCoalition.com/33

Monday, November 16, 2009

'In Good Hands'

The Portland Shriners Hospital for Children is more than a healing center for kids; it's an outreach program to communities across the state and an attitude of compassionate service that lifts kids and parents alike, families say

November 15, 2009 By Katherine Hannon for the Mail Tribune

It's time for a new fashion statement for Kassidy. The petite 9-year-old is trading in patriotic stars and stripes for a retro floral motif on the rigid plastic orthotics that support her legs from feet to knees.

Kneeling before her, Don Hayhurst fastens straps and checks the fit. Hayhurst is a certified prosthetist-orthotist, but Kassidy knows him as the wry man with the dry wit who insists on calling her "George."

Kassidy had surgery in August to strengthen a cracked hip bone and lengthen calf muscles. She will wear the orthotics for about a year.

"She has spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy, from a seizure at birth," explains her mother, Ginger. "We adopted her from Korea when she was 8 months old. We knew when we got the call that she had medical problems, but we said, 'OK, send herover." Kassidy, clearly fond of this story, asks her mother to repeat the best line. "We said, 'OK, send her over.' "

Bringing the hospital to you

Kassidy is one of 114 children from Southern Oregon seen at an Oct. 31 outreach clinic by orthopedic specialists from Portland's Shriners Hospital for Children. The clinic was held at Rogue Valley Medical Center's rehabilitation center in Medford.

For these children — many of them in wheelchairs, many of them bearing surgical scars — Halloween generosity didn't wait until dusk. A team of 16 medical specialists traveled 250 miles to provide thousands of dollars of medical treatment and equipment — all free of charge.

"Families at outreach are the happiest of any we see. They don't have to travel to Portland, it's Saturday, they don't have to miss work. It's one of the best things we do — bringing the hospital to you," says Dr. Michael Aiona, chief of staff.

Dr. Aiona has been with the Portland Shriners Hospital for 23 years. "It's the best medical philanthropy in the country. It's a great mission, but not enough people know about it."

Shriners doctors treat a range of disabilities: scoliosis, kyphosis, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, cleft palate, muscular dystrophy and deformities of the hips, hands and feet.

"Along with the underlying diagnosis, we have to understand what's going to happen over time," says Dr. Aiona. "There are conditions a child may not have at age 5, but over time might develop."

Brenda's son, Joey, 8, was born with Down Syndrome and club feet, which were treated with serial casting when he was an infant.

"Dr. Aiona told us that with Down Syndrome you have to watch for neck problems that can develop," says the Medford mother. "They could have fixed his feet and been done with him, but Joey is a part of them. They'll continue to keep up with him until he's an adult. I've heard people say, 'Once a Shriners baby, always a Shriners baby.' "

Mobile MASH unit

The outreach team left Portland early Friday morning like a medical Noah's ark — two doctors, two residents, two nurses, two medical assistants, two radiology technicians. The team is rounded out by experts in orthotics, prosthetics and physical therapy.

"Outreach is fantastic. We're like a mobile MASH unit. We understand the financial drain on families who make the long haul to Portland," says X-ray secretary Ralveen Schrock.

Patients requiring X-rays are seen at RVMC before arriving at the rehabilitation center on Black Oak Drive. Families are escorted through the hospital by gentlemen in distinctive hats — the maroon fez that signifies members of the Shriners fraternal order. Local members from the Hillah Shrine Temple volunteer at each outreach clinic, providing assistance, support and refreshments.

Saturday started early for Shriner Jack Adams. By 6 a.m., the 2008 Potentate was organizing volunteers and setting up the two locations.

"When you walk in the hospital and see smiles on children's faces, when you see them accept what they're going through, you just want to make them as comfortable and happy as you can," says Adams.

There's no smile brighter than that of Stephan of Chiloquin. The 12-year-old has little verbal language, but his eyes reach out eagerly and his smile is heart-melting. Born with cerebral palsy, Stephan's brain was injured by a prenatal stroke. He's been to Portland twice for surgery.

His mother, Sylvia, describes their last trip to Portland. "We took Amtrak up, but Shriners paid for a cab ride all the way from Portland to Chiloquin. It was over $500.

"Stephan was treated like a king. He came back with all kinds of loot; a remote-control truck, a Walkman, Beanie Babies. It was awesome."

Stephan, with his eyes and smile, makes it clear he agrees.

The hospital that gave us so much

Mike Mehl, rehabilitation manager for RVMC, coordinates the Black Oak facility. His daughter, Nisha, 30, was a Shriners patient until she was 21. Dr. Aiona performed spinal surgery on her when she was 17 to correct severe scoliosis.

"My daughter maintains contact with Dr. Aiona, Don Hayhurst, people we've seen over the years. She usually comes in the afternoon to say hello. Because of our own personal Shriners experience, I'm happy to still help out."

Peggy is another former Shriners parent. Her daughter, Joah, 32, was treated with a corrective device after being diagnosed with hip dysplasia as an infant.

"Joah did great," says Peggy. "She was able to do sports, and she has four children. I've volunteered for 20 years helping with registration. It's really rewarding to give back to the hospital that gave us so much." Her eyes fill with tears when she recalls her daughter's hospital visits. "Seeing children so much worse off than my own, I got over my pity party pretty quick. I remember when Joah got older ... she said, 'Mom, I don't need to take up their time.' "

A visit to Shriners does puts things in perspective.

"I remember our first couple of visits," says Ginger. I just about left in tears. I saw the strongest moms on earth in that waiting room."

Don Hayhurst is a Shriner himself. "Lots of Shriners find the hospital depressing. But the kids don't allow it — they're full of smiles because here there are kids just like them. For them, the hospital is not a depressing place."

'I know he's in good hands'

By mid-morning, the waiting room is full. The aisles are clogged with wheelchairs, but no one minds — where else can a child in a wheelchair blend in.

Beyond the waiting room, there's a swirl of activity. In the central physical-therapy area, doctors, residents and nurses crisscross the room as they evaluate patients, study x-rays and perform exams.

The room where orthotics and prosthetics are fitted is hectic. The three CPOs are in constant motion; taking plaster molds of legs and feet, bending to adjust devices, shaving down orthotics on a loud, grinding sander.

While Kassidy takes laps in her walker, a rhythmically rocking child accidentally bangs his head against the wall and begins to cry. Across the room, a mother spoon-feeds her teenager a snack the consistency of baby food.

CPO Sabrina Huston carefully helps 11-year-old Cameron from his wheelchair to tentatively test his new brace. Despite the noisy chaos, when Huston leans in to support Cameron's weight, the room seems completely quiet.

There's one last stop before patients depart — cookies and punch provided by the ladies auxiliary.

Lori's three boys are happy for the handful of cookies. Kole, the eldest at 13, had metal rods taken out of his leg on Tuesday. The Medford outreach saved the Eagle Point family a second trip to Portland in one week.

Kole confidently discusses his treatment. "Having the rods out didn't hurt. My cast will stay on for four months. I'm supposed to walk with it."

A veteran of 10 surgeries, Kole brushes away any talk of nervousness before undergoing surgery. But his mother tempers his bravado.

"Right before he goes under he's a little scared. ... Shriners is amazing, I couldn't ask for anything better. When my son goes under, I know he's in good hands."

'We just focus on the patients'

Shriners hospitals began in 1922 in response to the polio epidemic. Since their inception, they have treated more than 900,000 children. Their commitment always has been to provide quality medical care for children without financial obligation to their families.

"We don't charge patients," says past hospital board chair Jim Westerfield of Medford. "We don't care if you have insurance or assets, if you're a rocket scientist or a gas station attendant."

"It's a great mindset that our doctors don't think about insurance," says radiology manager Scot Duncil. "It shouldn't be an issue. Families shouldn't be stressed by that burden. We take that out, we just focus on the patients."

The hospitals are supported by an endowment fund built on donations and bequests. The budget to run all 22 hospitals is $7 billion. Portland's annual expenses are $23 million.

The economic downturn has hurt the organization. "The endowment fund has lost a lot of value," says Westerfield. "We're trying desperately to cut the budget, but not discontinue any services."

Hard hit are the outreach clinics. Clinics in La Grande and Bellingham, Wash., were eliminated several years ago. Anchorage, Alaska, has been cut to two annual visits, and Medford is being reduced from four to three clinics per year.

'They are just so kind'

Gratitude is the word of the day for families attending the outreach clinic.

"I'm a single foster parent," says Sandy King of Grants Pass. "For me to go to Portland is really hard with a handicapped child. This is easier for the children, they get really worn out on a trip."

Judith Anderson's daughter, Nina, has had nine surgeries in her 19 years, most recently for scoliosis.

"There's $120,000 worth of hardware in her back," says Nina's mother. "All that was included, plus the hospital stay. I'm so grateful for all they've done, for the steps they've taken for a better quality of life for Nina for as long as she is alive. They are just so kind."

The admiration between patients and staff is mutual. Dr. Aiona works through his heavy patient load with quiet efficiency, but his emotions are deep when he speaks of the families he meets.

"I have so much respect for our parents, for how hard — how impossible — their jobs are."

The medical marathon seems entirely worthwhile to the tired Shriners staff. Radiologist Scot Duncil sums up their feelings with a story about a chipper "Morning, Mister!" greeting from a little boy with no legs.

"We're here to help him improve his life, but he warmed up my day from the inside out."

For more information on Shriners Hospital for Children or to make a donation, visit www.shrinershq.org.

Katherine Hannon is a freelance writer living in Medford. She can be reached at katehannon17@yahoo.com.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Night of the Child-Success

I want to Thank everyone that attended and supported "The Night of the
Child". We had a very successful night with our first Benefit of this

Lin Sue Cooney was great and she brought with her the camera
folks from Channel 12 news. We were suppose to hit the 10pm news. What
a great lady and her speech was super.

We had so many Shriners involved in putting this together and working
the night of the Benefit, it was unbelievable. We actually ended up
with more help than what we needed, which is a great problem to have.

One of our goals was to attract many new Corporations to this Benefit
to help share our story. That goal was accomplished. We want to
continue increasing our Corporate visibility and telling our story.
This was a great start.

Thank you again for your support. Mick Degn, El Zaribarh Shrine

CHP Cadets Help at Shriners Hospital for Children

Cadets from the California Highway Patrol Academy donated their time Saturday Nov. 14th to do various tasks at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California, and to the Sacramento Habitat for Humanity.

At the hospital cadets hung outdoor holiday lights, refinished play structures, cleaned drains, painted and spruced up outdoor areas.

Friday, November 13, 2009

St. George Screening Clinic

Shriners often are easy to spot, especially at special events such as parades, as they walk or ride around wearing their fez hats. They sometimes elicit some ribbing as people mock their choice in head gear. Many people don't understand what their organization is all about.

But almost everyone who has heard of the Shriners associate the name with public service, particularly assistance for children.

Such is the case with Shriners who serve in Southern Utah. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, they and medical personnel will be at the Doctors Volunteer Clinic, 1036 E. Riverside Drive in St. George, to screen children from our region for potential life-enhancing medical procedures at one of the organization's top-notch hospitals.

Shriners Hospitals have been assisting kids with serious medical issues since 1922. With a focus on specialized care, the Shriners have medical professionals determine if a child would benefit from available treatments, and if that is the case, there is no charge for those services. A parent's ability to pay and insurance coverage doesn't factor into the equation.

Over the years, Shriners have built their reputation on caring for children who, in many cases, have nowhere else to go. Shriners provide orthopedic care to correct birth defects, join injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. They provide some of the best burn care. They assist with spinal cord injury rehabilitation and repair cleft lips and palates.

Shriners also support vast amounts of medical research and provide opportunities for physicians who receive their residency education and postgraduate fellowships at their facilities.

Southern Utah families are encouraged to take their children who may need assistance to the Doctors Volunteer Clinic on Saturday. The Shriners may not be able to help everyone, but they can help some. And those children will have the opportunity for an improved quality of life as a result.

Shriners may be known for wearing their fez hats and riding in miniature vehicles at parades, and those activities put smiles on the faces in the crowd. After Saturday, local Shriners hope to put at least a few more smiles on the faces of area kids and their parents. And that is a great public service.
The Spectrum.com & Daily News

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

AZ Songwriters Benefit Jam for Sabbar Shriners

TUCSON, AZ – A group of Arizona songwriters got together Tuesday night November 10th to raise money for the Sabbar Shriners and tell the stories of their songs. The Arizona Songwriters Benefit featuring Gary Bonnett, Jay Faircloth, Gary Alan Durrenberger Ivan Dennis and more.

Gary Bonnett appeared on KOLD News 13 Live Tuesday Morning to talk about his new album, Red Dirt Songs and the Sabbar Shriners benefit. You can check out the exclusiv interview with Jenny Anchondo on kold.com.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Cell Phone Retailer Raises Funds for Shriner's Hospital

Wireless Toyz Sacramento Area Stores Seek Consumer Donations of Used Cell Phones to Raise Funds for Shriners Hospital – Northern California

SACRAMENTO, Ca. – Wireless Toyz stores in the Sacramento area are implementing a program entitled, ‘Cell phones for Shriners’ to raise funds for Shriners Hospital – Northern California. The promotion which runs from October 26th thru November 22nd seeks to raise funds for Shriners thru consumer donation of used cell phones. With each used cell phone donated at a Wireless Toyz Sacramento area location, the retail chain will make a donation to Shriners on the consumer’s behalf, and the consumer will receive a receipt for the tax deduction as well as a $50 in-store credit.

This first-time promotion, which is planned to become an annual event if successful, is devised to raise funds for Shriners, to enable consumers to benefit from their charitable contribution, and to increase awareness of both Wireless Toyz and the Shriners Hospital among consumers in the Sacramento community.

Shriners to host free health screenings

BY BRIAN AHERN • ahern@thespectrum.com • November 9, 2009

ST. GEORGE,UT. - While Congress grapples with how to provide affordable health care to Americans, the Dixie Shrine Club continues to hold its no-cost annual screenings for children to receive free medical treatment.

The screenings, open to all children in Southern Utah, including Cedar City, will be held Saturday at the Doctor's Volunteer Clinic on 1036 E. Riverside Drive in St. George from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jim Summers, head of the Shriners' free screening program, said approximately 15 children are screened every year from Utah, Nevada and Arizona for treatment of ailments including scoliosis, neuromuscular disorders, hand and back problems, rickets and more.

Once the children are determined to be candidates for treatment, they are sent to the Shriners Hospital in Salt Lake City, at no cost, to receive their free treatment.

"The main thrust of the hospital is its orthopedics program," Summers said, adding that money is no object when it comes to helping these children. "There is no billing department in Shriners Hospitals."

Summers said there would be around 8 to 9 Shriners present Saturday to help people fill out paperwork. Dr. Doug Callahan and a nurse will be on hand to examine the children.

Former Dixie Shrine Club President Dick Weaver said the program has done wonders for the community.

"We have a lot of low-income people here," he said. "They have no other resource and this is absolutely free."

Summers said he's been working to make sure people know about the program and to know there are no strings attached.

"The biggest issue we have is getting the word out," he said. "(How many people are helped) all depends on how good our publicity is."

Summers added that people are very grateful for their help.

"I've had people come up to me and say our hospital saved their life," he said. "It's really gratifying to see the children who go up there and what the doctors do for them. It really tugs at the heart strings."

Friday, November 6, 2009

Children have shot at free medical treatment


An opportunity for free medical treatment is being offered for children under the age of 18.

To qualify for treatment, the children must be examined sometime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday morning at Sierra View District Hospital’s lobby by doctors and representatives from Shriners Hospital for Children.
They are looking for birth defects and other bone-related conditions.

Those who qualify, will receive treatment at a Shriners Hosptial, where children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate are eligible for admission and receive care in a family-centered environment at no cost.

Exams have been held in Porterville for about the last 10 years, and Dr. Ronald Marmolejo has long been a part. He has seen a multitude of patients with health issues, like a 7-year-old who could not run because one of his legs stopped growing.

“It’s a very nice mission,” Marmolejo said. “A lot of families don’t have the funds.”

The number of patients who are selected will be dependent on who qualifies, but it is common for Porterville-area children to be chosen. They typically receive treatment in about a month after the exam, according to volunteer Roy Pond.

Pond is encouraging people to come Saturday to “take care of their medical needs,” he said.

The Northern California Shriners Hospital is one of 22 Shriners Hospitals in North America, and specializes in treating the following childhood disorders: spina bifida, congenital absence of limbs, spinal deformities, limb deficiencies and irregularities, diseases of the bones and joints, burn injuries and rehabilitation and spinal cord injuries and rehabilitation.

-- Contact Jenna Chandler at 784-5000, Ext. 1050, or jchandler@portervillerecorder.com.

Shriner's Hospital in Galveston reopens

GALVESTON (KTRK) -- There were lots of hugs and kisses Wednesday morning at the Shriner's Burns Hospital in Galveston. The world renowned center re-opened.

Shriner's Burns Hospital has overcome both Hurricane Ike and a huge drop in its endowments, which funds its hospitals. Right now, it can only take two-thirds of its former patient load. But children receive treatment closer to home.

Eleven patients are scheduled for reconstructive surgery this week. The staff of both the Houston and Galveston Shriner's hospital will continue working closely together to create a smooth transition for all patients.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

It’s All About Kids

by mac

Music Toy Run The 8th Annual Musician’s Toy Run Benefit is set for this Saturday, November 7th at Trails End Saloon. The ABATE/Shriner’s Toy Run is a motorcycle event sponsored by ABATE of Oregon where hundreds of riders take toys to the children at Shriners Hospitals for Children. The actual Toy Run will take place on December 6th.

Like previous years, all toys collected and funds raised during the Musicians Toy Run Benefit are donated to the ABATE Toy Run which benefits Shriner’s Kids. Last year’s musical event was a huge success, raising over $5000 and 6 large bags of new toys for the ABATE/Shriners’ Toy Run. The venue for this year’s event is at Trails End Saloon in Oregon City, 1320 Main Street. The party will start at 3pm and entertain you untill 1am. More information is available on musicians and the schedule is located at www.francinewest.com/fr_mtrb.html
Be there for some great entertainment!

Free kids' ortho-clinic planned

Arizona Daily Star Tucson, Arizona

Children in Tucson with orthopedic problems are invited to a free outreach clinic sponsored by Shriners Hospitals for Children-Los Angeles Saturday. Nov.7, 09

The clinic will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Square & Compass Children's Clinic, 2600 N. Wyatt Drive, on the Tucson Medical Center campus.

Two L.A.-based doctors will be at the clinic to provide free, specialized screenings and routine follow-ups to children in need.

The only documentation required is a birth certificate and an immunization record, said Dick MIller, chairman of the hospital committee for the local Sabbar Shrine Temple.

Parents who think their children may be eligible for specialized care are invited to stop by the local temple at 450 S. Tucson Blvd. or call Miller at 624-2509.
Miller said the local clinic will serve children from both the United States and Mexico. He said some of the common problems the Shriners help with are club feet and spina bifida.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is an international health-care system composed of 22 hospitals nationwide providing free, specialized care for children under 18 years old.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Update on “The Night of the Child”

I wanted to give everyone an update on our Shriner Benefit coming up November 14th, “The Night of the Child”.
At the beginning of the year when we started meeting and promoting the Benefit we had three (3) goals. They were the following:
• Attract as many Corporations or people outside of the Shrine to get more visibility to the Shrine.
• Raise as much money as we could and make this a Benefit long turn that helps bring in a lot of money from outside Corporations.
• Educate the public on what we do as Shriners for the kids and why we do it.

In addition, we wanted this to be a night of fun, no speeches to speak of and a Benefit that people could spend money at and at the same time have fun with a sit down dinner.

We have sold out on all of our Individual seats and Reserved tables and are finalizing our Corporate sales this week. For the first year we are very pleased and excited with the success we have had with our sales. We have changed our maximum number of tables a couple of times and at this time our auditorium is full.

We are now in the final process of completing everything that we have planned and putting the final steps together. Through out the night those attending will have the opportunity to buy raffle tickets for the Bucket prizes and to spend money on many raffles and blitzes and the Casino area.

I am very proud to say that we have around 50 folks that are involved in this event from meetings and putting everything together to working the night of the event. It truly is a Shrine event put on by many members of the Clubs/Units and their ladies within the Shrine.

Many of you have asked if you still can get tickets. We are sold out and we have contacted many of the folks that have purchased tables and it is our understanding through these calls and emails that all the tables are full. All tables are set up for table of eight(8) and there are no exceptions to this.

Our committee Chairman’s have put in a ton of work on this and they are:
Mick Degn-Chairman
Jerry Weiers-Co-Chairman
Tom Ritter-Financial
Doug Fry-Selling
Mick Degn-Advertising/Promotion
Lynn Hatch-Activities (Raffles/Blitz’s)
Russ Gunther-Registration
Juice Horvath-Operations
Eric Hoyer-Live and Silent Auction
Mac Bohlman-Legal
Leo Balthazor-Food and Beverage
Recognition-Leo Balthazor

Ed Stolz has put together an outstanding video with sound showing all of our Shrine kids.This video will help educate the audience on what we do as Shriners and why their donation is so important. Sarah Cramer will sing the National Anthem and Lin Sue Cooney from Channel 12 will be our Special Guest speaker.

The dress for the evening will be business casual and the event starts at 4:30 PM with activities starting at that point. Registration will be by the Silent Messenger and your packet will be under your name or club/unit at Registration.

As we are sold out, we will not be selling any tickets at the door or have any open seats that evening.

Thank you again for your support of this great Shrine Benefit.

Mick Degn, Chairman