140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Hospital Up Date Info. @ El Zaribah

We will be having a meeting on Saturday, December 4, at the El Zaribah Temple, starting at 12:00 noon to hear an update on our hospital system. 
The speaker will be Mike Babcock from SHC in Salt Lake City. He will provide an update on what is going on, status of 3rd party pay and an update on the proper way to communicate publicly about what our hospitals do. With the introduction of 3rd party pay, we have had to adapt to some new language regarding cost associated with the care.
This meeting will be very informative and provide you with the most up to date information. Please plan on being there or having a representative from your respective organization attend and hear the information. We should be finished with the meeting by 2:00, depending upon the questions.
Phil Houghton

Monday, November 29, 2010

Shriners Toy Run Dec 4 Portland, Lets get 7,000 Bikers

The Shriner's Hospital /Portland ABATE Chapter's Toy Run, is held at noon on the first Saturday of December. This year it is Dec 4, 2010.

while some people meet up and ride in together eventually. Everyone gathers at the Tri-Met bus barn 4012 SE 17th in Portland before 11 am and ride with a year's worth of financial and toy collections to the hospital whether it be rain, snow or shine.

The year long efforts make it possible to buy custom made wheelchairs, other specialized equipment and toys for the children at the Shriner's Hospital.
Does not matter what you ride as this is ALL ABOUT the kids.  We hope to see everyone there!!!...


History of the ABATE/Shriners Toy Run

The ABATE/Shriners Toy Run has been in existence since December 1980. There were five bikes and a pickup truck the very first year. At that time, the Shriners hospital was on SE 82nd and Sandy Blvd. The second year the Toy Run had a few more bikes and the riders were hassled for going down 82nd Ave. We’ve come a long way since then! In 1984 we started delivering toys to the new hospital on the hill. Prior to 1980 there was a similar toy run that was hosted by other bike clubs in the Portland area. Their time phased out and then ABATE came on to the scene and started this Toy Run. All in all, it is likely that riders in the Portland area have been doing a toy run for the Shriners close to forty years.

Originally the ride was started to improve the biker image. Since then, we have come to understand that this ride is about the kids. It is not about image. This ride is about motorcyclists from all walks of life coming to together to do some good for these children who are in varying stages of recovery from operations and conditions beyond their control. We hope to bring them a smile and a little fun. Santa leads the motorcycle parade and after he gets to the hospital he presents gifts to them with the help of his lovely elves. In our parade one will find every type and make of motorcycle from scooters, to three wheelers, to radical Harley choppers. As the years have gone by, the run has gotten much bigger with 1999 being the start of greater run attendance. Over 1,500 motorcycles showed up in 1999 to support the kids and Uncle Bob Jackson. Uncle Bob, a much loved Toy Run committee member (A.K.A. known as Santa Claus to the kids), passed away that year. His illness would not allow him to attend the toy run or see the kids again. The media and the press took great interest in Uncle Bob. The news media did a wonderful job of expressing Uncle Bob's generous heart and his desire to see the kids one last Christmas. The news coverage and newspaper articles generated a huge amount of public interest. Needless to say, 1999 was well attended and the run has continued to grow every year since then. 2008 was our largest year with close to 7,000 motorcycles. It was a perfect weather day – warm for a December day and dry throughout the metropolitan area. 2009 had a bit less with estimates up to 6,000 attendees.

Over the years we have had the honorable Mayor Bud Clark, Senator Randy Leonard, Commissioner Lonnie Roberts and KUPL’s Lee Rogers as Grand Marshals. The Harley Owner's Groups from the metro area (Rose City HOG, Sunset HOG, and Vancouver U.S.A HOG) have done a wonderful job of providing the marshalling for the parade. The H.O.G. clubs have assisted us since the early 1990’s. The Toy Run is a full parade with a Portland Police escort. The Toy Run is managed by committee with representatives from the Southeast and Twin Rivers chapters of ABATE. Administrative costs are very low. We do have to buy a parade permit, raffle license, tickets, printing, insurance, etc. We try to get as much of our costs donated as possible. The lion’s share of the net monies raised goes back to the kids.

The Toy Run is funded by the raffle of a brand new Harley Davidson motorcycle, generous donations throughout the year and by benefits such as the Musicians Toy Run Benefit (MTRB). The MTRB has grown in the last few years and is rapidly becoming a premier event. Every year is special for the MTRB but this year was the best yet. It was well attended with over $3,800 being donated to the Toy Run wheelchair fund. We thank Francine West and the High Speed Wobblers for hosting the benefit. They bring in top acts from the surrounding area who donate their time to benefit the kids of the Shriners Children’s Hospital. We expect that the Musician’s Toy Run Benefit will one day rival the summer time waterfront musical events one can find in Portland.

The monies raised allows us, with the help of the hospital, to give these children the ability to move about their homes and neighborhoods. They get the freedom to play with friends or go to the grocery store with Mom. We are also able to provide the parents of these special kids with some measure of financial freedom. It costs a lot to care for these children. We are very happy to assist the children and their families with this type of independence and support. Over the years $425,000 has been raised for the kids. 101 children and their families have received equipment. Equipment includes power wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs, bikes, communication devices, computers, bathing aids, and van lifts. A lot lives have been enhanced by these gifts of love for the kids by the motorcycling community. The Toy Run is our labor of love for the kids of the Shriners Children’s Hospital. We look forward to presenting the kids with their equipment each year. Our reward is their smile. Their smiles have the power to spur us on for another great year.
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Sunday, November 28, 2010

December 4, 2010 Holiday Show for the Children

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AIRING 11/28/10 Louis Gross joins LaFern Cusack on the Southern California Experience to talk about Jonathan Byrd's hole-in-one at Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open and the December 4, 2010 Holiday Show for the Children of L.A. and their Family featuring: ---Ellis Hall, (Former lead singer of Tower of Power, Bill Jones from the Hit TV Show "Glee", Concert Pianist Marrina, featured on the Tonight Show and 10 million hits on YouTube. Mariachi Estrella de Los Angles of Luis Molina. The Los Angeles Police Concert Band, (Official Band of the City of Los Angeles). Hosted by Jim Starr,"The Singing Cop" and his partner "Sgt. Sue" from the TV Show "The Magic Guitar". Surprise visit by Santa. Shriners Hospitals for Children® is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Burn victim seeks guitar lessons

Neil Manodom is a shy, quiet 16-year-old – until he picks up the kid-sized electric guitar in his south Sacramento apartment.
He plugs it into a small amplifier and hits a few strings. The growling sound of heavy distortion makes him smile.
"Loud, huh?" he says.
Then he drills the opening riff of a heavy-metal song that makes his mother, Margarita, cringe.
"Bullet For My Valentine," he says, the name of the band.
"What?" Margarita cries.
Neil and Margarita have lived here for about a year and a half, thousands of miles from their home in the Philippines, while Neil gets treatment at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California for the burn scars that cover most of his body.
He suffered third-degree burns on 75 percent of his body in 2006, when a high-voltage power line above a church in his hometown set fire to his clothes.
The flames, though, spared the fingers on both of his hands. Those fingers are long and slender and dance down the fretboard of his guitar, playing rock songs that Neil has taught himself by ear.
The Firefighters Burn Institute has asked Book of Dreams readers to pay for guitar lessons for Neil, who wants to be in a rock band.
Neil is part of the percussion section in the Burbank High band, but, as he said, "I don't think you can play rock on the xylophone."
The last thing he remembers about that Sunday four years ago at the church was playing hide-and-seek.
"I hid by the window," Neil said. "And after that I was just in the hospital. Somebody said I got burned. I couldn't believe it."
Neil spent the next seven months in the hospital, battling infections. His neck, torso, arms and legs sustained horrible burns.
"It's just a miracle that he survived," Margarita said.
Neil has been able to get reconstructive surgery and therapy at Shriners, thanks to a Los Angeles woman who met him and Margarita while visiting the Philippines and is supporting them while they're in America. Margarita is not allowed to work under terms of her visa.
Most days after school, Neil pulls out the guitar – a 15th birthday present from his mom – and teaches himself songs by White Lion and his favorite band, Green Day.
Margarita said sometimes the hard rock guitar lines just sound like "noise." To Neil's ear, it's sweet music.
Needed: Guitar lessons for a year.
Cost: $1,200

Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2010/11/24/3208248/burn-victim-seeks-guitar-lessons.html#ixzz16NDiJ1t0

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Jr. Patriot breaks fundraising records

Penning raises about $20K for Shriners

Jr. Patriot Brady Penning, 13, broke fundraising records for the Youth Shrine Bowl. Penning, playing for the West all-star team in the California Youth Shrine Bowl on Saturday, is also slated for a tour of the college East-West Shrine Bowl in January. (Geoff Johnson/Democrat)
Honesty. Responsibility. Respect.Youth football fans might argue the sport already instills these qualities in its players.
Thirteen-year-old Jr. Patriot Brady Penning, scheduled to appear on Good Day Sacramento sometime between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. today, said it did for him -- thanks to the Shriners Hospital for Children.
Penning broke records for funding in the Youth Shrine Bowl championship, where players are required to raise funds for the Shriners before they can participate.
He blew past the minimum requirements but the knowledge fellow players were working toward the same cause egged him on.
"I honestly thought I didn't have enough money," he said.
The eighth-grader is one of more than 40 players chosen for the West team in an all-star game with participants from as far as Colfax and El Dorado.
When cheerleaders are counted, more than a dozen students were chosen from the Woodland's Pioneer Jr. Patriots and the Woodland's Jr. Wolves -- including Devan Zuniga, Brandon Medina, Jesus Cardenas Jr., Daniel Letamendi, Jeffrey Lomeli, Isaac Coronado, Erin Alvarez, Alyssa Garcia, Alyssa Garza, Heleigh Kliewer, McKenna Ney and Ally Peart.
On Saturday, Penning and his fellow Woodland students will have a shot to qualify for the California vs. Florida Youth Shrine Bowl in Orlando when California's teams meet at Rio Linda High School.
But in terms of fundraising, Penning's effort stands alone.
At about $20,000 -- 94 tickets sold and
Quantcast 13 pages of ads -- Penning roughly doubled the all-time record.
Just 48 tickets and less than a page would have met the game requirements.
But as Penning took his proposal to Woodland residents, he remembered what he learned when he signed up.
Before he was given two weeks to raise funds, Penning and his fellow players watched a video example of where the funding goes -- the story of a footless Russian girl who Shriners helped walk.
Up against dozens of other fundraising players, Penning stepped up his game.
Through his rice-farming father, John, he reached out to the business community. Through his mother, Joan, he reached out to Vice Mayor Skip Davies and Mayor Art Pimentel. And by e-mailing and printing letters, he smashed the existing records.
Together, with an unannounced fellow fundraiser, he is scheduled for a full tour of the all-star college East-West Shrine Game in January.
"To watch college football on TV?," he said. "That's one thing. But to meet them? I mean, they're basically future NFL football players."
If he keeps it up, he and his all-star teammates may be, too.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Arizona Shriners

Letter: Thanks to all for successful Polar Express ride


The Mingus Mountain Shrine Club, on behalf of the 125 school children from the Verde Valley, wishes to thank God and all of the contributors and volunteers who made this year's "Polar Express" train ride so successful.

A special thanks to the Grand Canyon Railroad, Dr. Nitin Patel, Cliff Castle Casino and Wal-Mart.

The efforts of the Shriners' benefits not only our needy local students but, also the Shriners' Children's Hospitals throughout this great country.

Again our heartfelt thanks for the joy your contributions brought to so many students.

Remember, no one stands so tall that they cannon stoop to help a child.

Clint Strempke, President

Nobile Richard Fields, Exec. Board

Monday, November 22, 2010


LOS ANGELES, CA. – November 19, 2010 – Shriners Hospitals for Children® is proud to participate in the 122nd Annual Tournament of Roses Parade, Saturday, January 1st, 2011 in Pasadena, California. The Shriners Hospitals for Children® float entitled, "Changing the World through Caring for Kids” will be among the many floats, bands, and equestrian shows seen by millions of spectators around the world.
The festival began in 1890 and features flower-covered floats, marching bands, equestrians and, since 1902, the Rose Bowl college football game, produced by the non-profit Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association. The Rose Parade will be broadcast live by nine networks: ABC, NBC, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, RFD-TV, The Learning Channel, Tribune, Univision, and Sky Link TV. Don’t forget to tune in on January 1, 2011 at 8 a.m. PST / 11 a.m. EST.
Show Your Support: Employees, Volunteers and Shriners can join in the celebration!
Decorate the Float:  To sign up to decorate and for further information, contact Shriners Hospital for Children®-Los Angeles Public Relations Department: Mayra Pereyra mpereyra@shrinenet.org. Feel free to invite your friends and family to help decorate.  Note:  all volunteers must be over 13 years of age to participate.
Decorating Shifts:
  • Sunday, Dec. 05: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. – Dry Decoration
  • Sunday, Dec. 26:  8 a.m. - 4 p.m. – Floral Decoration
  • Tuesday, Dec. 28: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Floral Decoration
  • Tuesday, Dec. 28: 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. – Floral Decoration
Attend the Rose Parade:  Rose Parade tickets can be purchased from Sharp Seating online at www.sharpseating.com or by calling (626) 795 -4171.
Note: You do not need tickets to the Rose Parade unless you want grandstand seats. Arrive early to watch along the parade route for free.
For additional information on the Rose Parade, visit www.tournamentofroses.com

Shriners Hospitals for Children® is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.
Photo Caption: Shriners Hospitals for Children® will participate in the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade. From left to right: Mr. Nick Thomas, Shriners International, Giselle, patient ambassador, Jeff Throop, President of the Tournament of Roses, Marius, patient ambassador, Mr. Terence Cunningham, Los Angeles Hospital Administrator.

Ruth Amanuel
Public Relations Department 
Shriners Hospitals for Children®—Los Angeles
3160 Geneva St |Los Angeles, CA | 90019
Direct: 213-368-3308| Cell: 310-990-8973

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a one-of-a kind pediatric hospital system dedicated to improving the lives of children through innovative research, education and specialized treatment of orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. With 22 hospitals in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, Shriners Hospitals for Children is committed to providing expert, family-centered care regardless of the patients' ability to pay and relies on the generosity of donors to deliver this mission every day.

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Rotary Club of Tigard and Tigard Masonic Lodge team up for Operation Warm

Thanks to the generosity of the Rotary Club of Tigard and the Tigard Masonic Lodge, nearly 200 young residents served by Community Partners for Affordable Housing, (CPAH) will receive warm coats this winter.
Working through a nationwide program called Operation Warm, The Rotarians and Masons will provide new winter coats to local children in need through a community partnership with CPAH.
Operation Warm’s vision is that every child wearing a winter coat will be healthy, be able to attend school regularly and develop strong self esteem.
CPAH will distribute the new coats to children from several CPAH properties on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 1-2:30 PM at the Greenburg Oaks Apartments Community.
“We chose CPAH because of the fact that there is a huge need for our children in the community and economy,” said Bill Phillps, President of the Rotary Club of Tigard. “CPAH has already identified the kids in need and we find that very comforting.”
CPAH’s Resident Services Director, Shannon Wilson, confirmed the need for the project. “These children are from some of the poorest families in our community, with an average annual income close to $20,000. To see these children receive new coats that will keep them snug all winter really warms my heart.”
Operation Warm has distributed more than 600,000 new coats across the country at the discounted rate of $15 per coat, plus shipping and handling.
The coats are of especially high quality, suitable for Oregon’s rainy (and often snowy) winter weather.
They come in a variety of colors and have a label where the child’s name can be written inside the coat.
This local project is collaboration between the Rotary Club of Tigard and the Tigard Masonic Lodge, whose members have contributed $3,500 to the coat distribution.
Founded in 1993, Community Partners for Affordable Housing is a nonprofit community development coporation serving Washington County and Southwest Portland. It provides safe and healthy affordable housing along with support and skill-building activities to low-income individuals and families.
CPAH currently owns six multi-family and senior apartment communities and four single-family homes in Washington County (with a focus on Tigard) and southwest Portland (277 units).
For more information, call CPAH, 503-293-4038, or visit www.cpahinc.org.

Woodland Mason earns honor

From left, Master of Ceremonies Kirk Kirkman, Award recipient Donald P Jackson, Chaplain Allan Brown, and Master of Woodland Lodge Edward J. Caughie. (Courtesy)
Donald P. Jackson received the distinguished Hiram Award from Woodland Lodge No. 81, Free and Accepted Masons of California in a Ceremony held at the Woodland Masonic Center in early November.Jackson became the 14th Mason to receive this award from Woodland Lodge since the Award began in 1977.
The Hiram Award is the highest award that a Lodge of Masons may bestow upon one of its members.
Jackson was recognized for his outstanding service to Masonry in general and his Lodge in particular as well as to the Community.
Jackson is a member of myriad Orders of Masonry in California, has served as master of the Woodland Lodge as well as master of Yolo Lodge No. 195, Davis, and was recently elected to serve again as Master of Woodland Lodge for 2011.
A member of the Scottish Rite, Ben Ali Shrine, York Rite and Eastern Star to name a few, Jackson's contributions as chairman of the Scholarship Committee, participation in the Woodland Educator of the Year Selection and dedicated service as Advisory Board Member of the Woodland Assembly of Rainbow for Girls and the Woodland Chapter of DeMolay for Boys brings credit to himself and Masonry.
Jackson also was appointed by the Grand Master of Masons of California to be Inspector of the 418th Masonic District.
Jackson continues to work as a technical supervisor for the Mailing Equipment Branch of Bowe, Bell and Howell.
Jackson married Joan Walker Voss of Davis in August of 2007 and he and Joan resides
Quantcast in Davis.
Joan works as a professional Sign Language Interpreter at Sacramento State College and is the mother adviser of the Woodland Rainbow Girls. She is a majority member of Vallejo Assembly Rainbow Girls and a Master of the Grand Cross of Color.
Don and Joan have two children, a daughter, Kelly Voss, who is a junior at Long Beach State College; and a son, Andy Voss, a junior at Sacramento State College.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

EuroSunday is partnering with Shriners Hospital for the rally.

Date: 12 December 2010 (Mark your calendars and save the date)

Location: Shriners Hospital. We’ll be inside and cars (for the show-n-shine) will have access to the covered garage .. so we’ll be good even if the weather’s not cooperative.

Updated info from EuroSunday

You and your club/group are invited to participate in the “Rally4Kids” Toy Drive to benefit the Sacramento Shriners Hospital for Children on Sunday December 12th 2010. The event is taking place at the Shriners Hospital on Stockton Blvd and “X” Street in Sacramento from 9am to 1pm RAIN or SHINE (we will utilize their auditorium and fantastic lobby if it is raining).

As this is a “Rally” we encourage you each to meet with your car club and caravan to the Shriners Hospital to arrive at a time you pre-schedule with me, so we can feature your club. Each car will drive up to the winners circle when they arrive at the “Finish Line” where kids will receive the toys while a photo is taken of each donor, their car, and the kids receiving the toys, all while a DJ does the announcing. A local printer will be on site printing the photos for participants to take home and they will also be available on our website after the event. If it is raining, we will hold the event indoors and take photos of the “drivers” as they drop off their toys.

See attached flyer for more details. (Photos of last year’s event included)

Event sponsorships are also available with 100% of the fee going directly to the Shriners Hospital for Children.

Please contact Mike R for more information at:

Monday, November 15, 2010

Night of the Child Great Time

We had a wonderful evening with "The Night of the Child".   It was Shrine teamwork at its finest with all the help in putting it together, planning, set up, program and tear down.  So many folks helped and with work, donation and support it all came together.
 Our program was outstanding and if someone was there and didn't understand what we do as Shriners with the kids or why, they sure did after the program.
Destry Jetton from Channel 12 did an outstanding job as emcee and then the Shriner children, Nicole and Sarah did an unbelievable job of singing. Lindsey Stolze and Randy Peters need to be on American Idol. Then to top things off Congressman Trent Franks told a wonderful personal story of his life as a Shriner child.
I'd like to say a special THANK YOU to all of you that helped make "The Night of the Child" a huge success.
Mick Degn
Night of the Child Chairman

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Jasper veterans honor students


John Hacker / Carthage Press

Bob Davis and Terry Claar, with the Carthage Shrine Burn Crew, and Gary Earl, with the Jasper VFW, honor Jasper teacher Hope Metcalf and student Luke Pryer for saving the Shriners' American flag after it fell from the flag pole in front of the group's rural Jasper County headquarters.

By John Hacker
Posted Nov 12, 2010 @ 04:05 PM
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Veterans Day may be the day to honor veterans of our armed services, but on Thursday, Jasper veterans were honoring students as well.

Hundreds of Jasper school children gathered in the Jasper gymnasium to hear from and make welcome a group of about two dozen veterans in the school’s annual Veterans Day assembly.

Gary Earl, a Jasper veteran, spoke to the students about a visit he made to the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans, and how it told the story of World War II through the voices of the veterans who fought in it.
Sam Etcheson, president of the Jasper VFW, spoke to the students about why veterans are so passionate about the flag and protecting the flag.

Three special presentations were made.

Karalyle Flenniken, with the Jasper Daughters of the American Revolution, presented Jasper High School senior Molly Russell with the group’s good citizen award. The DAR makes this presentation every year at the Veterans Day assembly.

Something new this year was a special presentation by the Carthage Shrine Burn Crew, whose headquarters is located in rural Jasper County just south of Jasper, and the Jasper VFW.

Bob Davis and Terry Claar, with the Shriners, and Earl, with the VFW, honored Jasper student Luke Pryer saving the flag that normally flies outside the Shrine Burn Crew’s headquarters.

Davis said Pryer noticed the flag lying on the ground after the rope holding it up had been cut by a sharp edge left over from when the group had some work done on the pole.

“I was hoping no one had cut it down,” Pryer said. “I had heard about the protestors in Lamar and it really gets to you when you hear about people stepping on and burning the flag.”

Pryer was referring protestors from a church in Topeka who routinely protest at soldiers funerals saying their death is God’s wrath on the nation because it accepts homosexuality. The members of the church showed up to protest at the funeral of Lamar soldier PVT. Dylan Reid last month.

Pryer took the flag he found on the ground to Jasper teacher Hope Metcalf who helped him clean it, fold it and get it back to the Shriners.

“You hear so much about people stomping on the flag and burning the flag,” said Davis, with the Shriners. “We wanted to honor someone for protecting the flag.”

The Shriners and VFW presented Pryer and Metcalf with plaques thanking them for their help and they presented Pryer with a flag that was flown ceremonially over the U.S. Capitol..

Friday, November 12, 2010

8th annual Art with Heart starts Friday at the Covey Center

8th annual Art with Heart starts Friday at the Covey Center

buy this photo The Dance Club of Orem is joining forces for the eighth year with the Winner School in Salt Lake City and Dance Impressions in Bountiful for a benefit concert called Art with Heart to help raise money for the Shriner's Hospital for Children. The show will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 and 13 with an additional matinee at 2 p.m., on Nov. 13 at the Covey Center for the Arts in Provo. Courtesy photo
The Dance Club, of Orem, is joining forces for the eighth year with the Winner School in Salt Lake City and Dance Impressions in Bountiful in a benefit concert to help raise money for the Shriners Hospital for Children.
Touted as a program of children who can dance so others can walk, the 2010 Art with Heart concert will be held at 7 p.m. today and Saturday with an additional matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Covey Center for the Arts, 425 W. Center Street in Provo. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.coveycenter.org or purchased at the box office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations can also be made directly online at support.shrinershospitals.org.
Since 2002, the three dance studios have joined together to benefit Shriners Hospital. The two-night celebration will showcase some of the best young dancers in the country. Over the years the young dancers have raised more than $200,000 for the hospital.
"This is one of our kids' favorite things to do," said Allison Thornton, owner of The Dance Club. "The hospital brings kids to the concert where they get to tell their story."
Thornton said The Dance Club, based in Orem, also supports Shriners kids camp "Unlimbited." The summer and winter camps are for kids who have lost limbs. They come together to share experience skiing, rafting and more.
Shriners Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City is a 40-bed pediatric orthopedic hospital, research and teaching center providing comprehensive medical, surgical and rehabilitative care to children with orthopedic conditions. The hospital is staffed and equipped to deal most pediatric orthopedic conditions, except for acute trauma.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Magical Holiday Musical

The Al Malaikah Shriners in Association with the Los Angeles Police Department Present a Holiday Musical for the Children of Los Angeles and their Familes  Saturday December 4, 2010 at 3pm in the World Famous Shrine Auditorium 665 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Many Special Guest Stars will be there with the Police Cinsert Band and  Jim Starr"The Singing Cop" , They include The Children's Gospel Choir, Childrens Mariachi Band Ellis Hall, Multi-Instrumentalist, Vocalist, Songwriter, Producer.

Special guest appearance of "Santa Claus" and Bill Jones from the hit TV show "Glee" and expect other surprise Celebrity Guest Stars to drop by.
Put this date on you Holiday calendar Saturday Dec.4 at the Shrine Aud. Doors  open at 2pm
Tickets are $10.00  ($5.00 for children under 12) call (213)748-0173 or go to www. Almalaikah.com for order form.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Clinic allows Shriners to help children, familie

The Fresno Tehran Shriners held a free clinic Saturday at Sierra View District Hospital. The clinic, which ran from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., was held to evaluate and sign-up eligible children for treatment at the Shriners Hospital in Sacramento.

“We support 22 hospitals throughout the united states, Canada and Mexico, which admit children free of charge, for any child under 18 years old, for certain orthopedic, bones, multiple sclerosis, and other cosmetic surgery,” said Thomas Crosno, recorder for the Fresno Shriners Tehran Temple.  “Any child that we feel we can help under 18 years old, regardless of income, the Shriners will help that child.”

One such child, Ginelle Hernandez, age 3, was at the clinic with her mother, Sandra Andrade.  Andrade spoke of her difficulties with finding treatment for her daughter, who suffers from crooked knees.  “I brought her here because I took her to the clinic, and they weren’t able to help me the way the Shriners have,” Andrade said. “I’ve been waiting for four months and I still can’t get my referral. So to me it’s very helpful.”

A total of 15 children and their parents showed up to Saturday’s clinic, 12 of whom arrived before noon. All of the children who were evaluated were approved for treatment at the hospital. Refreshments, including coffee, juice, and cookies, were provided for the parents and children while they waited, and Beep the Clown, of the Shriners clown unit, kept the kids all smiling with balloon animals and stickers.

“We had a good turnout today,” he said, his smile matching the one painted on his face. “We come to this clinic in Porterville every year. We’ve made some balloons for the kids and took their pictures and gave out stickers and just had a good time.”

Crosno said that he hopes that more parents will turn out for next year’s clinic. On getting parents to come forward, he said “Yes, that’s the biggest problem we have, having people come forward and let us know they have a problem. It’s not charity, it’s what the Shriners do, and it’s what we want to do.”
Saturday’s event was the last free Shriners clinic of the year. There will be roughly six or seven more next year, including another clinic in Porterville. For more information about the Shriners clinics and hospitals,call the Tehran Temple in Fresno at 559-251-1991.

“They can do wonderful things. I’m glad they do this for the community, and it’s wonderful the Shriners can help us,” Andrade said, watching her daughter play with the balloon animal she’d been given. “I’m thankful for them.”

Calling All Truck Driving Shriners

A national meeting has been set for the Big Rig Shrine Club to be held during the Cherokee Truck Show in Galt next year.
So all you Owners, Operators, Drivers that are Shriners get ready to head to California, member or not.
We would like to have over 100 big rigs at the meeting, what a Shrine Parade that would make.

Check the Side of this page for the Cherokee Truck Parts Show and take a look at the pictures from years past that did not have a Big Rig Shrine Club meeting.  Also for the web site to get a Shriners Truck wrap, put your name on a Big Rig.
Terry McShane announced to day that the new Shrine truck wrap can include a Masonic Logo and "to Be One Ask One" on the rear door.  The shrine truck wrap is the best low cost form of advertising any company can buy and it will let the world know that your Company cares about kids in the community.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tehachapi Masonic Lodge hosts children’s party

Masonic Lodge hosts children’s party

By: Julie Romanowski, Freelance Reporter, Tehachapi News

Pumpkins, scarecrows — and even scarier creatures — came out to celebrate the harvest and Halloween in and around Tehachapi.

Some of the seasonal activities — including the scarecrow-stuffing contest, Trunk-or-Treat, and other weekend events — occurred after the deadline for this edition of the Tehachapi News, so watch for coverage in our next edition.

An earlier activity, held Monday, Oct. 25, was sponsored by Tehachapi Free Masons who hosted their second annual Halloween party for 39 special education students from Cummings Valley Elementary School.

The students were treated to a wonderful presentation from Farmer Jane, a member of the Rising Sun division. The students were then given a big treat — a bag of goodies, cupcakes, milk and a good sized pumpkin to take home and decorate. The students really enjoyed themselves.

The Free Masons Lodge of Tehachapi have a facility on a six-acre plot of land in Cummings Valley which they also farm. The vegetables they grow there are donated to needy families in the community. They also have a cherry orchard that they use to sell cherries and donate all the money to the Tehachapi High School Scholarships. Their current project right now is to raise $200,000 so they can build a greenhouse so they can grow year round to provide for the less fortunate in the community with fresh fruits and vegetables all year.

The Lodge just donated fresh vegetables to Sharing and Caring and the Salvation Army both non-profit organizations that help needy families in this community. More than 700 pounds of vegetables have been donated by the Masonic Lodge.

Touché Teams Up With Shriners to Fundraise For Kids

One of our favorite Italian restaurant in the Pearl, Touché, is holding a charity event in order to raise money for Shriners Hopsital for Children in Portland. The benefit will be Tuesday, November 9th, at Touché (1425 NW Glisan, Portland) and will include a 3 course meal with dessert. Renoweed pianist Andrei Kitaev and his wife Anastasia will be performing in the dining room during the event. The 3 course meal will be offered for $65.00 per person. You have the option of choose between different menu items. Check out the special menu for the event here: http://www.touchepdx.com/ShrinersHospitalsMenu.htm
Call Touché for reservations at (503) 221-1170.
Shriners provides children up to the age of 18 with orthopedic conditions, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services at no financial obligation to the patient.
If you are unable to attend, but would still like to donate, please visit Shriner’s donor website.