Masonic Lodge donates funds to help the children

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Every gift to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Philadelphia is gratefully accepted and acknowledged. There are many ways to give to the hospital, allowing donors to contribute in a way that is meaningful and personal to them. The hospital works hard to make sure all gifts are used in the most efficient and effective manner. Being good stewards of our financial resources is important both for providing the best patient care today and for making sure we are able to continue our mission into the future. Gifts to the hospital allow us to help children regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

In grateful recognition of a donor’s support, Shriners Hospitals for Children offers naming opportunities for major gifts. Through this program, donors may have their donations associated with a particular tangible asset, such as a room or a piece of medical equipment.

Masonic lodge brothers donate

In 2012, the Brothers of Asbury Jordan Lodge #142 F. & A. M. in Neptune, New Jersey, made the difficult decision to sell their building and merge with nearby Ocean Lodge #89 F. & A. M. in Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey. During that process, the Brothers earmarked a portion of the sale to be donated to five Masonic and five community organizations in the area. Faith, hope and charity are the three principle tenets of the Masonic Fraternity and the Brothers of Asbury Jordan felt that these donations would not only give back to the community in which they were proud members of, but would also allow the memory of the Lodge to be honored for years to come.

Fast-forward to 2017, the sale and merger was completed and the Brothers were finally able to begin dispersing the charitable donations to the previously selected organizations. Shriners Hospitals for Children was one of those selected organizations and members of Ocean Lodge #89 and Asbury Jordan Lodge #89 presented representatives of Shriners Hospitals for Children with a donation of $75,000 to assist with our ongoing efforts in helping and caring for children in need of specialized care. The Brothers of the Lodge were greatly impressed by the work the hospital does and were grateful to be able to support such an important endeavor.

If you would like to find out how your gift can have the most impact, all donations are welcome from individuals, businesses and foundations to the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital. For information about giving programs, please contact Ms. Terry Diamond, director of development at 215-430-4055 or via email.

Pictured (left to right): Fred Widmyer, chairman of the Board of Governors, Shriners Hospitals for Children; Adam Reich, past Master of the Lodge; John Fudge, member of the Lodge; Andrew Kuo, treasurer, Board of Governors, Shriners Hospitals for Children