140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Monday, November 11, 2013

Shrine Craft Bazaar at El Bedoo

More than 4,500 people visited The Al Bedoo Shrine Auditorium on Broadwater Avenue to purchase crafts and raffle tickets on Saturday and Sunday. 
Several nonprofits also had booths set up to provide information about what they do in Billings.
The proceeds of the raffle are donated to Shriners Hospital for Children Services.
"Several of the vendors are taking part of their sales and are donating to the hospital as well," said event organizer Heidi Wheaton.
The raffle raised $1,075 over Saturday and Sunday, she said. 
The Shriners Hospitals for Children provides care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lips and palates to live normal lives, regardless of their ability to pay. 
Wheaton has first-hand experience with the Shriners Hospital services. Her daughter's thumbs were not developed properly at birth.
Her daughter will probably require at least eight surgeries at the Shriners Hospital in Spokane, Wash. before her hands are fully functional. 
"The care she receives from them is second to none," she said. "They're life changing."
There are 22 Shriners Hospitals in North America. 
Jack and Clarice Fawcett have been a part of the Shriners organization since 1965. 
The couple makes night-lights out of empty wine bottles stuffed with a string of Christmas lights. 
They donate 25 percent of what they make to the Shriners. 
"We believe in taking care of the children who need our support," said Jack Fawcett. 
Chairman of the Al Bedoo Shriners Hospital Corps Scott Mullen said events and fundraisers are important for the Shriners' mission. 
"The money helps us to find those children and get them better," he said. 
This year, Mullen and his fellow corps members in Billings have referred more than 60 children for care at the Shriners Hospitals for Children. 
"We've done this for a lot of years," he said. "It's a rewarding experience."


Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/shrine-craft-bazaar-brings-awareness-and-money-for-kids/article_5091841e-bfed-5047-92fe-e091200897af.html#ixzz2kMxu7nac
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