Shriners donate $25,000 to hospital

© 2017-The Torrington Telegram

 “True generosity is an offering; given freely and out of pure love. No strings attached. No expectations. Time and love are the most valuable possession you can share.” ­
– author Suze Orman

TORRINGTON – Friday, Torrington Shrine Club donated $25,000 – acquired over a substantial amount of time and collected with plenty of love – to the Shriners Hospitals for Children-Salt Lake City.
SHC-SLC Director of Development MJ Miller made the trip from Casper, where she was waiting to attend the annual Shrine Bowl, to accept the check at Cottonwood Country Club on behalf of the hospital.
Laramie Peak Shrine Club also donated $500 to the facility.
The funds will go toward installing new lighting in the hospital operating rooms, Miller said. The lights currently in place are more than 20 years old and emit heat, cast shadows and are much dimmer than modern lighting.
“These checks are helping us with an incredibly important project,” Miller said. “(This) will allow our doctors to provide the best possible care for the children by keeping our equipment updated.”
Dick Yates, vice president of Torrington Shrine Club, said the money donated was the accumulation of approximately 15 years of charity work and community contributions. The funds represent proceeds of Shrine-sponsored chariot races and golf tournaments as well as donations from around the community, he said.
 “We’ve been very frugal for years,” Yates said. “Our community treats us so well. This is a way they can see where their donations
are going.”
The Laramie Peak Shrine Club also collected funds using various charitable endeavors, including onion sales, card marathons and personal donations via the club’s
“Cuss Can.”
SHC has 22 locations in three countries and is dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing free pediatric specialty care. The hospitals specialize in orthopedics, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lips and palates, according to shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.
SHC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and relies on Shrine Clubs and various donations to continue to help children free of charge.
For more information, or to donate, visit donate2shc.org or contact a local Shriner.

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