A message from Imperial Potentate Gary Bergenske
I and other Shrine leaders have received inquiries from around the world as to how Shriners can help provide relief to Masons and Shriners who have been impacted by the incredible flooding damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. The floodwaters are receding, but water still covers many roads in the Houston and Beaumont areas as of the end of the Labor Day weekend. Therefore, the opportunity to assess the damage and provide assistance for established need may still be days away. We do know that there are many within our Masonic family, who have suffered severe losses.
Here’s how you can give:
Make checks payable to “MSA Disaster Relief Fund” and send them to:
Masonic Service Association
3905 National Drive, Suite 280
Burtonsville, MD 20866
Please write on the memo portion of the check, "Texas Disaster Appeal" to be sure that the money is specifically designated for the relief of Texas Masons.
Click here to donate via PayPal or credit card.
In determining how to provide effective and meaningful help to Shriners and Masons in the areas of Texas that suffered damage, Shriners International, Shrine leaders in Texas and the Grand Lodge of Texas have determined that the best and most effective way to provide financial assistance to Texas Masons and Shriners is to use the charitable arm of the Masonic Services Association of North America (“MSA”) which has been specifically established for the purpose of obtaining tax deductible donations and to effectively distribute and account for the funds provided to Masons and Shriners who receive assistance. You should know that the entire gross donation will be sent to the affected jurisdiction. MSA deducts nothing for administrative expenses or expenses of any kind. Therefore, when you give $100.00, $100.00 gets to Texas Masons!
Shriners International is working closely with the Grand Lodge of Texas in using its communications capabilities to encourage Shriners who wish to assist Masons who have suffered Hurricane related and flooding damage to contribute using the website established by the Grand Lodge specifically for Hurricane Harvey relief. The link to that site can be found on the Shriners International website, Shriners Village and WebFez.
I am proud to report to you that Shriners are also providing important assistance to area residents. For example, Al Amin Shriners, Corpus Christi, Texas, currently serves as a center for Federal, State and Local relief efforts. A number of agencies have set up temporary headquarters on the grounds of Al Amin Temple. Arabia and El Mina Shrine Temples are working closely together in the distribution of cleaning supplies and other essentials. Other Shrine Temples and individual Shriners have made numerous contributions of various materials to assist in the general relief effort.
Shriners and Texas Masons are using the trowel to spread the brotherly love and affection that is an indispensable part of our masonic family. We are taught that dependence upon one another for protection and security permits members of our fraternity to fulfil our duties of reciprocal love and friendship. Therefore, Shriners and Masons joyfully and immediately respond when they can provide relief to a brother in distress. As a proud Shriner, we hope you will join us in providing what you can to assist these brothers in need.
Yours in faith,
Gary J. Bergenske, Imperial Potentate