In response to the recent severe storms in Oklahoma, the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma has established a Tornado Relief Fund. If you are a victim of the recent storms or would like to help, please see our Tornado Relief Fund page at: http://www.mcfok.org/tornado-relief-fund/.
THANK YOU to those whose generous support has made this program possible!
Masonic Charity Foundation Receives Third Beacon Award
The Masonic Charity Foundation was honored to again be recognized by the Journal Record with a Beacon Award. This marks the third Beacon Award received by the Foundation, and making them the first organization to receive the award in consecutive years.
The Foundation was nominated for the “Nonprofits Serving Nonprofits” category by the Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter. During 2013, the Foundation partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to provide $500,000 over the next three years for increased Alzheimer’s outreach services across Oklahoma.
The award was presented on July 11, 2013, at the Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City. Grand Master Brad Rickelman accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation.
$150,000 Gift to Benefit Oklahomans Affected By Alzheimer’s Disease
On March 22, 2013, Grand Master Brad Rickelman had the honor of presenting a $150,000 grant to the Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter for 2013. The grant was made possible by the E. M. Woody Fund for the Aged, LLC, and is intended to increase the services available for Oklahomans affected by Alzheimer’s Disease. The Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter hopes to use the grant funds to establish satellite offices in Enid and McAlester, Oklahoma. In recognition of the fact that Alzheimer’s Disease affects many Oklahomans each year, the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma hopes to offer similar grants again in 2014 and 2015.
More information about the Alzheimer’s Association’s activity in Oklahoma can be found on their webpage, at: http://www.alz.org/alzokar/
Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma Contributes $50,000 Toward YWCA Capital Campaign
Raise $15 Million to provide shelters for women and children and community programs in Oklahoma. An ambitious goal, indeed. Yet, Jan Peery, CEO of the Oklahoma City YWCA and Rita Moore, YWCA Capital Campaign Chair are nearing that goal.
Even more impressive, is that the capital campaign is scheduled to continue through 2015. The Oklahoma City YWCA operates an emergency women’s shelter that is at full occupancy 99% of the time. In 2012, the organization launched a capital campaign to build a new emergency shelter, renovate existing facilities, and establish a permanent endowment in Oklahoma City. They are well on their way to reaching that $15 million goal.
Oklahoma Grand Master Brad Rickelman and Masonic Charity Foundation Executive Director, John Logan, were honored to be present at a recent YWCA Capital Campaign event. The program included astonishing facts about the impact of domestic violence in Oklahoma, and stories of those who found relief through the shelter and community programs offered by the YWCA.
The Masonic Charity Foundation was grateful to be able to contribute $50,000 to this wonderful cause in 2013, and encourages all who can, to help the YWCA reach their goal. More information about the YWCA’s capital campaign and programs can be found at: http://www.ywca.org/site/pp.asp?c=djIMI0POKvG&b=7777935
Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma Proudly Supports Another Successful OETA Festival!
The Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma proudly participated in another successful OETA Festival in 2013! For years, the Fraternity has not only been a proud sponsor of OETA programming, but has also served during the Festival to answer phones and accept pledges on behalf of OETA. This year was no exception. Members of the Fraternity, employees, and members of the Board of Directors of the Masonic Charity Foundation joined their friends and spouses in the OETA studios. Volunteers watched excitedly as pledges and donations delivered the network closer to their annual goal. The highlight of the evening came when Grand Master Brad Rickelman presented a check representing the Fraternity’s 2013 contribution of over $50,000 to BJ Wexler. Lodges from across the entire state joined this fundraising effort to show their support of the education and service that public television brings to Oklahoma. Find more details under our “Success Stories” page.
Thank you to all who donated and volunteered!
- New Mobile Command Center for the Department of Veterans Affairs This Veterans Day, the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs was presented with a new Mobile Command Center from the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma. The mobile center will enable the DVA to travel across the State and reach veterans who may otherwise have difficulty applying for services, particularly after disasters like the May 2013 tornadoes. The gift ...
- $50,000 Endowment Established at Redlands Community College On September 23, 2013, Brad Rickelman, Grand Master 2013, presented a $50,000 check to the Redlands Community College Foundation representing establishment of the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma Endowment. Income distributions from the endowment are purposed for quality educational and cultural programming, events, and activities for the campus and its community in order to enhance and ...
- 2013 Masonry In Action Award Winners The Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma announced that Altus Lodge No. 62, and Drumright Lodge No. 468 will be honored with the 2013 Masonry in Action Award. The Masonry in Action Award was created in 2013 to recognize Oklahoma lodges who make outstanding effort to care for their members, impact their communities, and bring positive recognition ...
- Permanent Endowments Established for Preservation of Oklahoma Scottish Rite Temples In April 2013, the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma had the distinct pleasure of entering into endowment agreements with the Guthrie Scottish Rite Temple and the McAlester Scottish Rite Temple to establish permanent funds for preservation of these historic Masonic landmarks. The endowments were approved by the Masonic Charity Foundation’s Board of Directors in January 2013, and ...
- Masonic Charity Foundation Endowment Assists University of Central Oklahoma Central Pantry in 2013 In July 2010, the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma established an endowed fund with the University of Central Oklahoma Foundation. In 2013, the UCO Foundation has designated the recipient of the endowment fund income as the Central Pantry located on the UCO campus. The pantry was opened in November 2012, and made possible through a partnership with the Regional ...