Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Fraternity Bands Together

Today's article is from "Dad" Tom Labagh, EO of PA DeMolay. He recently posted a note to Facebook about some great things that are happening in PA DeMolay. I thought they were really worth sharing. Enjoy!

I am so proud to be a Pennsylvania Freemason! I am sorry for the long post, but I need to share with all of you how the Masonic family in Pennsylvania is joining with Pennsylvania DeMolay to help raise money to pay for a liver transplant for one of our members. 

In February, Bro. Parker Harley, 18, was diagnosed with a rare liver disease called primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). The only definite treatment for PSC is a liver transplant and lifeling medication. Parker comes from an active Masonic Family. His Dad, Bro. Jack Harley, is a well-known Past Master of Ephrata Lodge No. 665. His Mom is in Eastern Star. His brother was a DeMolay member, too. Of course, the family is actively working in the community and through a wonderful network of family and friends to raise money, but, P
ennsylvania DeMolay wanted to help out too. Every PA DeMolay Chapter is committed to making a contribution or raising funds to help. Many leaders who have been honored with the DeMolay Cross of Honor, the DeMolay Legion of Honor, or the Degree of Chevalier have made very generous personal contributions. Other Masonic groups from across the state have made contributions because these honor-recipients have shared Parker's story. DeMolay leaders from other states have made personal contributions. Since July, we have raised over $14,000, just through our Pennsylvania DeMolay campaign.

The Order of the Amaranth in PA, led by Mrs. Karen Hettel, has asked all its Courts to contribute.

Bro. Tim Pletcher, District Deputy Grand Master for District 30, called to tell of a Lodge that has chosen to give the year-long collection of contributions by a social dinner club to Parker's care. Every day, something new arrives. Every day we see the heart of our Pennsylvania Masonic Family.

Today, Ill. Bro. Russell W. Baker, Deputy for Pennsylvania, hand-delivered a very generous check, designated by Sovereign Grand Commander John William McNaughton, in the amount of $10,000 from the Almoner's Fund of the Supreme Council, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, NMJ. It literally took my breath away!

You can learn more about Parker by watching the video we posted or visiting this Facebook page:

And if you, or your Masonic organization would like to contribute, checks can be made payable to the "Parker Harley Benefit Fund" and send it to PA DeMolay, 1244 Bainbridge Road, Elizabethtown, PA 17022. Every donation of every size is needed and deeply appreciated. All will be deposited directly into the fund, and acknowledged.

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