Tuesday, December 12, 2006

LOCAL NEWS | KHOU.com | As Shriners membership dwindles, so does funding

LOCAL NEWS | KHOU.com | News for Houston, Texas:

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It’s a fraternity-turned-philanthropy organization that began more than 100 years ago.

“It’s a labor of love for them, and it’s all volunteer,” Gantt said. “Not only do they donate the time, but they donate the money.”

Hundreds of millions of dollars, actually, to treat children in their hospitals from coast to coast.

But the Shriners are dying.

The membership exploded after World War II, but like many of the soldiers of that era, the Shiners are fading into history.

The membership that exploded after World War II is like many soldiers of that era, slowly fading into history."

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