Noble Eric Morabito of Cyprus Shriners in Albany, N.Y., is the recipient of the Shriner Spotlight Award for spring 2016. The award program honors outstanding nobles who demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to both the fraternity and its philanthropy, Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Deeply Dedicated to Masonry, Shriners Hospitals and his Local Community
In addition to Cyprus Shriners, Noble Eric Morabito is also a member of the Ulster County Shrine Club and Adonai Lodge #718. He is very active in all three organizations, regularly attending meetings, degrees, installations and social functions, and works tirelessly to support and promote each one. He is also very active in his community through his work with the Boy Scouts of America.
According to Noble Chris Brand, fellow Cyprus Shriner and vice president of the Ulster County Shrine Club, “Noble Morabito is a man of excellent character and is well-respected within his lodge, temple and community.
“Noble Morabito is always the first to volunteer his time or service and participates regularly in our Masonic Child ID community outreach program,” said Noble Brand. “He educates all those he encounters about the excellent care provided by Shriners Hospitals, and collects money, aluminum tabs, pennies and checks to donate. He uses social media, the Internet and good old word-of-mouth to spread the word.”
Noble Morabito has also spearheaded several fundraising programs, including his most recent idea to recognize local veterans by collecting donations and displaying American flags on U.S. holidays outside his lodge. “However,” said Noble Brand, “his greatest accomplishment is his annual Walking for Children event.”
Noble Morabito actively collects donations from his community, as well as lodges and temples across the country and around the world, to support his Walking for Children initiative. He then begins his journey and walks solo from Highland, N.Y., to Springfield, Mass., often sleeping outdoors while doing so. This year, he will be extending his walk to Boston, a total distance of approximately 250 miles on foot. Noble Morabito donates all the money raised through Walking for Children to Shriners Hospitals for Children.
“I can think of no other Brother or Noble more worthy of receiving the Shriner Spotlight Award than Eric Morabito,” said Noble Brand. “He works diligently to raise funds and awareness for Shriner Hospitals and epitomizes the ideals of Masonry and Shriners. His actions indeed speak volumes and pale in comparison to the words I can express about him.”
Congratulations to Noble Morabito for his achievements and for being chosen for spring’s Shriner Spotlight Award.
How to Nominate
To submit a nomination for the quarterly Shriner Spotlight Award, please send the name of the person are you nominating and why, along with a photo of the noble (wearing a fez) and a signed photo consent form by email.
*Recipients may not be a member of their temple’s Divan, and must be actively involved in promoting membership.