Charitable Endeavors

COMMUNITY SUPPORT
STEP (St. Louis Park Emergency Program)
In February of 2012, Acacia Chapter sponsored a monetary fundraising effort for STEP with the goal of submitting the total collected to Minnesota Masonic Charities (MMC). MMC was offering, through the end of February, 2:1 matching funds for money going to food shelves. Acacia collected $2,959.21 from both members and the surrounding community via outreach efforts, and with the 2:1 match through MMC, Acacia presented a check for $8,877.63 to STEP! Massive thanks and appreciation go out to everyone who donated, both within the chapter membership itself and to the St. Louis Park community as a whole. Special thanks also go to both Beth El Synagogue and St. George’s Episcopal Church for their outstanding response to  and support of this effort!

In March of 2011, Acacia Chapter sponsored a food drive for STEP at Almsted’s Super Valu in St. Louis Park.  Requested items were cereal, rice, soup and canned fruit.  Donations weighed in at 200 pounds and $51 was also collected.  Thank you to Almsted’s customers for their generosity!

In 2010, Acacia Chapter made a $500 contribution to STEP’s capital campaign for their new building (their new building is just a couple of blocks from our lodge building).

In 2013-2014, $175 was donated to Feed My Starving Children.

In 2012-2013, Acacia donated $77 to Feed My Starving Children and $77 to STEP.

In 2011-2012, $172 was donated to the Shriners’ Crippled Childrens’ Hospital.

In 2010, Acacia Chapter also made a monetary donation to the New Voice Club of Hennepin County.  This organization provides electrolarynx boxes which allow people who have lost their larynx due to cancer to speak.  This was the project of then Worthy Matron Jan Johnson and Worthy Patron Bob Johnson.  Jan lost her mother to throat cancer.

In December of 2008, the chapter purchased holiday gifts and a gift card for food for a family that we sponsored through the Salvation Army.

SUPPORT OF MINNESOTA GRAND CHAPTER PROJECTS 
Acacia Chapter has always been a strong supporter of Minnesota Grand Chapter Projects. Contributions in recent years are detailed below.

  2014-2015 2013-2014 2012-2013 2011-2012 2010-2011 2009-2010 2008-2009 2007-2008 2006-2007
CANCER PROJECT FOR MASONIC CANCER CENTER AT UNIV OF MN $325.00 $650.00 $600.00 $739.91 $802.78 $300.00 $1165.00 (Partners for Life) $1082.82 (Partners for Life) $1000.00 (Partners for Life)
MASONIC HOME $200.00 $200.00 $200.00 $288.68 $165.00 $1000.00
ESTARL (EASTERN STAR TRAINING AWARDS FOR RELIGIOUS LEADERSHIP)  $127.30 $187.72 $238.70 $235.95 $245.31 $207.85 $275.00 $260.00 $500.00
ALZHEIMERS PROJECT $368.62
M. JOSEPHINE RUHSHAM SCHOLARSHIP FUND $22.78 $200.00 $125.00
NORTH RIDGE CHAPEL PROJECT $50.00
HAITI RELIEF FUND $100.00
RUSHFORD FLOOD RELIEF $30.00
FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN $175.00
DINNER AT YOUR DOOR $307.50
RITE CARE OF MPLS/ST PAUL $125.00
TOTAL $1,253,42 $1,212,72 $1,038.70 $975.86 1270.87 $946.53 $1440.00 $1737.82 $2625.00

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