Alpena is very fortunate to have a wonderful organization such as the Alpena Shrine Club. Alpena’s Club was first formed in 1945, the club is a fraternal organization which supports Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of 22 non-profit hospitals across North America. Children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay. Patients must be minors under the age of 18.
For well over 40 years Alpena Shrine Club members have been transporting children from around the region to the Shriners Hospitals in both Cincinnati and Chicago. The Shriner organization picks up all of the expense for the 2 day trip… meal, lodging and transportation costs. The child as well as one of his/her parents or guardian is also able to be transported along with the child.
The drivers will start out in Alpena and will often pick up other children along the way. The Alpena Shrine Club routinely transports about 200 children each year to either Cincinnati or Chicago Shriner Hospitals, about a 1000 mile round trip.
One of the fundraisers that the Alpena Shrine Club holds annually is their Vidalia Onion Sale. This year the Shriner are taking pre-orders for these delicious sweet seasonal onions. Your support goes to help the Alpena Shrine Club continue their mission of transporting children to the Shriner Hospitals in Cincinnati and Chicago.
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