I wanted to let everyone that bought a ticket, sold tickets and helped out know how the Sampson County Fish Fry came out this year. We will present a check next week of over $11,000. These proceeds go to our hospitals and to our transportation fund that transport children to and from the hospital. We couldn’t have done this without everyone’s generous help and support. We have always been able to count on the good people of Sampson County helping us have a successful fundraiser.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a network of 22 non-profit medical facilities 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.
Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, the hospitals, known as “The World’s Greatest Philanthropy,” are owned and operated by Shriners International, formerly known as the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, a Freemasonry-related organization simply known today as the Shriners. Patients must be minors under the age of 18 and are not required to have any familial affiliation with the Shriners order nor Freemasonry. The current advertising campaign for the healthcare system features the tagline, “Love to the Rescue.” At Shriners Hospitals for Children the goal is to help each child become as healthy and independent as possible.
While the overwhelming emphasis of the hospitals is to provide medical care to children regardless of the family’s ability to pay, the mission of the hospitals also includes research on the conditions treated and the education of medical professionals, including medical residents and fellows, nurses, physical, recreation, and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, psychologists, social workers, and child-life specialists
If you ever know of a child that needs help walking, or with any other motor skill or may have been burned please don’t hesitate to contact a shriner. We want to be a service to any child that we can help.
Again, please accept my extreme thanks for making our annual fish fry a huge success.
G. H. Wilson
Fish Fry Chairman