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Shriners Hospital for Children — Northern California presented with $1.2 million donation

Monday, August 18, 2014

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) – Giving clearly was a family affair when Etta Kelsey presented the Northern California Shriners Hospital with a check for $1,125,000. Louis Test, Chairman of the hospital Board of Governors, accepted the donation on behalf of the hospital. Joining Ms. Kelsey in the presentation were members of her family as well as Sandy Kahn, Emeritus member of the hospital Board of Governors, and Horst Winkel, a member of Aahmes Shriners.

Ms. Kelsey presented the donation to Shriners Hospitals for Children on behalf of the estate of Ms. Pickett and her three sisters: Emma Downs, Maggie Gainey and Irene Bridges. Ms. Kelsey was a close friend of Dorothy Pickett. Both women lived in Clearlake and were members of the Order of the Eastern Star, a concordant body of the Masonic Fraternity. Dorothy was the sole surviving sister in her family, and she donated her entire estate, including the accumulated estates of her three sisters, to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California.

The total gift to the hospital from the Pickett estate will be $1.2 million, according to Alan Anderson, director of development at the Northern California Shriners Hospital.

Ms. Kelsey and her guests enjoyed a hospital tour led by Melissa Wood, associate director of development, before joining the hospital Board of Governors for lunch. The check was presented at the July meeting of the Board of Governors for the Northern California hospital.

Donations support Shriners Hospitals for Children in its mission to transform the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research. Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip and scars from any cause. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis. To find out how you can support Shriners Hospitals for Children in its mission, please call the Development Office at (916) 453-2008 or send email to Alan Anderson, director of development, at asanderson@shrinenet.org.