Come join us as we celebrate 90 years of fun, frolic, and fellowship with the Prophets of Merou Grotto, and celebrate 46 years of providing dental work for special needs children through the Grotto Humanitarian Foundation. A cover charge of $10 for Adults and $5 for Children (aged 5 to 12, children under 5 are free) will be required (Families with a Special needs child are also admitted free to the event), with proceeds benefiting the Humanitarian Foundation (Cover charge included with price of dinner, no additional cover charge required if dinner is purchased).
Bring the whole family as we will be hosting a formal dinner, music by the Down Low Kickers, Magical entertainment by Magician Scott Starkey, Wizard of the Wabash, along with a presentation by the Executive Director of the Grotto Humanitarian Foundation, Dianna Bristle. State Representative Sheila Klinker will be presenting the Merou Grotto with a proclamation from the State of Indiana, along with several other local government officials expected to attend, and the Grand Lodge of Freemasons for the State of Indiana will be performing a re-dedication ceremony for our building. In addition, we will be presenting the local dentists (Ditto & Sammons) with an award for their service of providing the dental care for special needs children.
Dinner for the event will be served from 6 pm till 9 pm and will consist of a choice between Prime Rib or Chicken Marsala for $15 per person (served with a baked potato & vegetable medley, and includes the cost of the cover charge for celebration event). Limited quantities of Prime Rib will be available, so make a reservation if that is what you want to eat. Reservations can be made by contacting Edward at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 765-463-2621.
[Humanitarian Foundation History]
In 1949 the Humanitarian Foundation was created by the Supreme Council at the Annual Session in San Diego, CA, and were granted a 501C3 status by the US Government. Their first charitable focus was Cerebral Palsy Research.
In 1967-68, PGM George “Doc” Thomas, a dentist himself, stated that people with disabilities were the most underserved people when it came to Dentistry. In 1969 the Dental Care of Children with Special Needs was adopted by the Grottoes of N America as an additional charitable focus. At that time, all children went to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, IL for treatment. In the early 1970’s, the HF Trustees made the decision that more children could be served if they could go to their local dentist. So the One to One Dental Program began. After 46 years, we still help children through the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, plus we have another national treatment center in Dallas, Texas.
In 2014 with generous charitable donations made by our Prophets, families, friends and various grants and investments, the Dental Care for Children with Special Needs served over 1,600 children throughout the US and Canada paying $923,244.00 in dental, hospital and anesthesia costs.
Only the interest, grants and investments of the Humanitarian Foundation Trust can be used to cover the costs of the program, so all tax deductible donations are vital to the program.
You can view the interview that Dr. Edward Mc Keown did with WLFI news, here: http://wlfi.com/2015/06/22/help-merou-grotto-put-a-smile-on-childrens-faces/
Information on the dental program in the Journal & Courier can be found here: http://www.jconline.com/story/news/2015/06/23/grotto-helps-disabled-children-get-dental-care/29160439/