Shriners from the San Francisco Bay Area traveled to Sacramento on Monday, August 21, to present Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California with a check for $35,000. The donation was presented by Asiya potentate Mike Dwyer at the monthly meeting of the Hospital Board of Governors. Dave Johnson, chairman of the board, accepted the check on behalf of the hospital.
The money was raised by Asiya Shriners, and represents donations from individuals as well as members of the Camel Herders club and other units. “All our members are committed to supporting the expert pediatric care provided by our Northern California Shriners Hospital. As Shriners we are proud to work together to support the programs and services the hospital provides,” said Mr. Dwyer.
“The donation directly benefits the children we serve. Funds will be used to purchase syringe pumps as well as equipment to support respiratory therapy and the occupational and physical therapy program,” said Alan Anderson, Director of Development.
Following the check presentation, Howard Feinberg, also a member of Asiya Shrine, presented the hospital with a generous donation of brand new, collector-grade stuffed bears. The bears were given to Mr. Feinberg by Joetta Orlowski of Wisconsin, who wanted to donate the collection of stuffed animals to children. Mrs. Orlowski decided to donate to Shriners after her daughter met Mr. Feinberg at a theater production and asked him about his Masonic ring. Mr. Feinberg, in turn, connected the family to the hospital.
As a regional pediatric medical center, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California serves children in the San Francisco Bay area and Silicon Valley. The Asiya Shrine Temple is located in San Mateo, and many of its members live in San Francisco and in communities on the Peninsula.