On Saturday September 26th I attended the Minnesota Masonic Charities' 5th Annual Gala.
This is our annual black tie fund raiser to support their many philanthropic programs. This year it was held at the historic Landmark Hall at the Minnesota Masonic Home. The staff put in extra thought and planning to make this a memorable evening . They literally rolled out the red carpet for this event.
Heres a little background on just some of the programs that they undertake.
Elder Services- providing senior facilties and programs (we are probably one of the largest providers in Minnesota.)
Masonic Cancer Center-We are in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, for cancer research and treatment (we just gave/pledged 65 Million dollars for that purpose).
Scholarships-For 20 years Minnesota Masonry has provided college scholarships for graduating high seniors. Under the General Edward Waldon Scholarship, we also are providing educational assistance to the members of the Minnesota National Guard and Minnesota Reserve units who have returned from combat zones.
Providing support to Lodges and Chapters with their community outreach and youth programs.
Supporting the Minnesota Masonic Historical Society and Library, which is dedicated to the preservation of Masonic history and providing education and information.
This beautiful Masonic property is ideally situated on 80 acres on the river bluffs in Bloomington Minnesota.
For me it's a special place that is warm and welcoming. It's a place where old friendships are renewed and new friendships made. I'm glad that the Gala has come home.
FYI, the photo you see is a small foam rubber column that sat in front of us on the table that was a memento of the evening. It looks pretty nice don't you think? I took the photo -- something I enjoy doing.