This past Friday, Shannon and I were invited to the Shriners Chrildren's Twin Cities Gala, an event to raise money for the organization. We were invited by the Saint Croix Valley Shrine Club and we jumped at the chance.
Now, I am a Shriner. The tradition runs in my family as far back as several generations but that is not why I do it, the last generation in my family dedicated themselves to this cause and I got a particular insight into the workings of this organization and I am proud to say that I "caught the bug!"
Great food, great event and I got to sit with a group of men & women that I truly respect and admire. This was at our table:
"Shriners Children's Twin Cities
At Shriners Children's Twin Cities, children get
the specialty care they need.
For nearly 100 years, Shriners Children's Twin Cities has served its mission specializing in one thing: pediatric orthopedics. Our board-certified surgeons and staff provide high-quality medical care to all children. Our clinic specializes in treating children with all varieties of orthopedic conditions in an environment designed to put children at ease. We provide a supportive, family centered care approach that includes physician visits, radiology, rehabilitation, orthotics and prosthetics, child life and care management all under one roof. Through camps and adaptive activities, Shriners Children's Twin Cities goes beyond meeting a child's medical needs.
We proudly serve children in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, western Wisconsin and portions of the Canadian provinces of Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan.
We are committed to our mission now more than ever. Your support ensures that patients become as healthy, active and independent as possible, regardless of a family's ability to pay. Together we help kids be kids.
You will have an opportunity to support patients during
tonight's program. Please give generously!
Thank you for your support of the
2021 Imagine Believe Achieve Gala!"
-Program from the event
In total, at the end of the night, 400 people attended the event and $277,000.00 was raised!
Now, I may have looked at joining this group of men (& women) because it was what my family did but, I STAY with this organization because, well, have you ever seen a young child cry because they got medical help and now they can be "normal?" I have, and it changed me. It changed my ideas, my point of view...it changed my life.
Alright, let's do this again!
Thank you Wisconsin Masonic Journal for the publication of my work and to my friend and brother, Milt Helmer, for the kind words but most importantly brother Norris for challenging me and seeing something different.