Charitable Endeavors

Article above is from 3/4/21 “Sun Sailor.”

COMMUNITY SUPPORT
STEP (St. Louis Park Emergency Program)

Acacia Chapter sponsored a food drive on Saturday, February 20, 2021, to benefit STEP. The food drive was promoted on Next Door and in two press releases in the St. Louis Park/Hopkins “Sun Sailor” weekly newspaper, as well as through the Frank Lundberg American Legion Post which leases space at the Masonic Center in St. Louis Park. The community, chapter and Templar Lodge were very generous in supporting the effort by donating 718 pounds of food and other supplies, as well as $960 in monetary donations. Everyone who brought a donation received a small bottle of OES logoed hand sanitizer and one community member won the drawing for a $25 gift certificate to the Legion which was donated by the chapter. 

From 2016-2018, Acacia Chapter donated a total of $595 to STEP.

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!

From 2014-2018, Acacia Chapter donated a total of $723.50 to Dinner at Your Door.

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.

  2018-2019 2017-2018 2016-2017 2015-2016 2014-2015
CANCER PROJECT FOR MASONIC CANCER CENTER AT UNIV OF MN   $400.00 $200.00 $100.00 $325.00
MASONIC HOME PROJECT   $250.00      
ESTARL (EASTERN STAR TRAINING AWARDS FOR RELIGIOUS LEADERSHIP)   $218.00 $346.00 $154.00  $127.30
ALZHEIMERS PROJECT         $368.62
M. JOSEPHINE RUHSHAM SCHOLARSHIP FUND   $250.00 $100.00    
MASONIC CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL       $250.00  
PAT RASMUSSON CONTINUING EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP   $250.00 $100.00    
HURRICANE RELIEF   $150.00      
RITE CARE OF MPLS/ST PAUL   $250.00     $125.00
           
           
TOTAL   $1,768.00 $746.00 $504.00 $1,253,42

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