WHAT DO THE SHRINERS DO (WHEN THEY’RE NOT DRIVING LITTLE CARS)?
The Syria Shriners dazzle audiences with their colorful little cars and glittery hats – a highlight of parades across the country. But it’s fun with a serious purpose. Money raised by their precision drivers – and likewise their circus performances, musical pageants, and caravans – all goes to support Shriners’ hospitals for children and Wounded Warriors. There are 16 Shriners’ free-care hospitals in the U.S.; those closest to Pittsburgh are located in Erie, Cincinnati, and Philadelphia.
Terry and Cathy Steinhauser will kick-off their presentation with a short video, then describe in greater detail the purpose of the Syria Shrine and the important work and research their hospitals do. Terry is the First Ceremonial Master of the Pittsburgh-area Syria Shrine, headquartered in Harmarville. His wife Cathy is active in the ladies auxiliary branch of the organization.
The Steinhausers will also explain how someone becomes a Shriner, joining the ranks of the 5,000+ members of the Pittsburgh-area lodge. The Syria Mosque, with its distinctive red onion-shaped dome and prominent profile along Route 28 north of Pittsburgh will hold new meaning for attendees once they learn more about the worthy cause behind the glamour.
The public is welcome to attend this free AAUW-sponsored presentation.
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