Friday, July 6, 2012

Helping Bro. Parker Harley

A Pennsylvania DeMolay member needs our help... your help!

Do you remember the night you knelt at the altar of DeMolay and promised to be ever loyal to a brother of the Order... and that you would SEEK to aid him, in time of trouble and need?

Here is another chance to prove that your Obligation as a DeMolay means something to you...

Bro. Parker Harley, of Lancaster-Phoenix Chapter, NEEDS a liver transplant, and I am asking every Chapter, every advisor and every member to consider making a donation, no matter what size, to help a brother in a time of extraordinary need.  

When I say extraordinary need, consider this... the average cost of a liver transplant is quoted on a variety of websites as anywhere between $300,000 and $550,000 in the first year alone.  A detailed description of the costs involved with transplants in general can be found at  When faced with incredible costs like this, and the prospects of having to pay out more money than most of us have ever seen at any one time, it could be easy to lose hope.
But, you cannot live without a functioning liver... and so, Parker and his family have no choice in the matter.  The need is there, but there is no telling when the transplant might happen. Tomorrow?  Next month?  Next year?  They have to be ready, and they have medical expenses now, and so they must place their hope in God and in the generosity of family members, neighbors, church members, fraternity members and in the kindness of caring strangers.

Of course, Parker is a member of DeMolay, and his father is a Past Master of Ephrata Lodge 665-- they are a part of our MASONIC FAMILY.  We cannot let this brother and his family down.  Out of state DeMolay families have already contributed to the cause!  To see a photo of Bro. Parker, and his parents, and to learn more about the disease he is fighting, read this story in the Ephrata Review.

Direct contributions can be made to the "Parker Harley Benefit Fund" at Fulton Bank, or, checks payable to the same can be sent to: 
PA DeMolay 
1244 Bainbridge Road, 
Elizabethtown, PA 17022

and we will deliver them to the bank.

Or, you can attend the "Pound it Park!" Benefit Performance of "The Who's-- TOMMY!" on July 18, 2012 at the Ephrata Playhouse. Come on out and see this great show, and help raise money for Bro. Parker!Your $30 ticket includes a Summer Picnic themed Reception at 6:30 PM and Show at 7:30 PM.  100% of the proceeds are going to the "Parker Harley Benefit Fund" at Fulton Bank, thanks to fund-raising partners, Lily's on Main, The Hill Top Inn, deLyns's Gallery and many other wonderful people!  Details can be found at

Other benefit programs are being planned to raise funds for Parker's medical care. ANY amount that you can share with this brother and his family would be greatly appreciated.  Please... PLEASE act now!

-"Dad" Thomas R. Labagh, Executive Officer

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