Past Grand High Priestess Diana Schmitz-2016-2017 (left) and Grand High Priestess Janet Larson 2017-2018 (right) presenting a check at the 2017 Shrine Imperial session in Dayton Beach, FL. The donation was for Lady Diana’s special project – 3D/4D Imaging for Cleft Lip. Three additional check representing donations for other purposes were also presented.
When the Shriners founded the Shrine Hospitals for Children and the first hospital was built in 1922, the Ladies committed to supporting the Shrine’s official philanthropy. Today the Courts continue to support the hospital fund, hospital sewing, research projects and other areas of interest. Each Court not only raises funds for the hospitals, but they donate clothing, stuffed animals, purchase equipment, staff the information desk in the various hospitals and serve as office personnel on a voluntary basis. The LOSNA contributes well over a half million dollars annually to the Shrine Hospitals.
The Ladies do not stop at donating funds or the items listed, they also make the rounds of the hospitals with book carts, furnish libraries for the children in the hospitals, hold pizza parties, ice creams socials, sew quilts and gowns, donate funds for playground equipment, donate funds to send a burned child to the Camp Ability Burn Camp, support research, donate examining tables, rocking chairs, pool tables, sofas for the teenagers, prosthetic devices, wheel chairs, baby carriages, car seats, mini cars for the children, numerous wagons, high chairs, computer equipment and software, musical items, and the list goes on. They do this by hosting many special events throughout the year such as craft bazaars, bake sales, dances, aluminum tab collection projects, Golf outings, cook outs, dinners, etc.
The Ladies support various special projects with emphasis given to the LOS Special Project for the year, as chosen by the reigning Grand High Priestess. This special project is designed to assist an area of specific need within the Shriners Hospitals such as research into various childhood conditions.
For the year of 2017-2018, Lady Janet Larson, Grand High Priestess, has chosen "Rehabilitative Playground for Children – Honolulu Hospital", as the Special Project. Children with orthopedic issues do not have the luxury of participating in every-day activities such as enjoying a playground. They deserve and opportunity to participate in rehabilitative and recreational therapy which is fun and exciting. Playground benefits include: improved strength, balance and functional ability. This playground will help children with orthopedic issues learn to walk, climb and swing on equipment.
Donations to our organization and/or Shriners Hospitals may be made by several means.
1. Contact the Grand Council of Ladies’ Oriental Shrine of North America by email:firstname.lastname@example.org 2. Through a local Court – find the one closest by going to the Local Court page. 3. Sending a tax-free donation to the Grand Council LOSNA Foundation – more information at:email@example.com
"Shrine Patient Ambassador Brock and Lady Joy Moore GHP with the Rose Bowl float in Pasadena, CA 12-31-2015 (with permission of Brock's mother)."
Lady Joy Moore, GHP 2015-2016 with Ladies of Fuad Ct. #30 at Shriners Hospital Boston
Ladies of Asebi Ct. #36 donating handmade quilts
Sar-I Ct. #79 presenting $4,000 worth of toys delivered to Shriners Hospital Tampa
Presenting donation of $97,000 to Shriners Hospital St. Louis – 2013-14 Special Project