Shriners Believe In...
- Giving Back
In many cases, being a Shriner is a family tradition. Although Shriners International is a brotherhood, it has a family component. Many of the fraternity's activities are designed to involve family members, promoting our shared values and helping develop the next generation of community and business leaders.
A variety of affiliated groups for both women and children emphasizing personal growth, fun and friendship participate with Shriners.
Shriners come from all walks of life. We are plumbers and professionals, salesmen and CEO's. We are fathers, uncles and sons. We are also brothers.
When you become a Shriner, you become part of a brotherhood of men committed to family, engaged in ongoing personal growth and providing care for children and families in need. While our backgrounds and interests may be diverse, what binds us together are shared values and a desire to have fun, do good and build bonds that last a lifetime.
In 1922, the Shriners dedicated themselves to providing expert medical care for children regardless of the patients' ability to pay.
Today, that philanthropic effort supports 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children across North America that provide specialized medical care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. Many Shriners Hospitals for Children are also premier medical research centers and are affiliated with top academic medical institutions in North America.
You may be surprised to know that Shriners count among their ranks presidents, senators, local business leaders, professional golfers, country music starts, astronauts and actors. But, we think it's just as important to be a laser in your personal life, to be a role model, to be a sounding board and to simply be a friend.
As a Shriner, you will become part of a powerful network of mentors who can help you grow as a man, a father and a husband. You will develop relationships that benefit your business and help you reach your career goals. And you will find that you've become a mentor yourself, passing the lessons of leadership along to the next generation.
Throughout Shriners' history, we have sought out men of integrity, character and strength.
We bring into the organzation men who share our values and will help enhance the mission of Shriners International.
You will be surrounded by a network of like-minded men of great virtue. You will thrive and aspire to do great things.
Becoming a Shriner is easier than you think. The rewards will be far more than you expect.
Introducing Fezzy, the Love to the Rescue Ambassador
Shriners Hospitals for Children® introduces Fezzy, its first Love to the rescue® Ambassador. Fezzy, who proudly wears the iconic Shriner red fez, has a mission to raise awareness and support for the innovative care available at Shriners Hospitals for Children.
For more than 90 years, the 23 facilities of Shriners Hospitals for Children have transformed the lives of children around the world through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research, and outstanding medical education. Shriners Hospitals for Children provide all aspects of treatment, including surgery, rehabilitation and psychological support for children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns and cleft lip and palate. All care and services are provided regardless of the family's ability to pay.
"It was a natural fit for us to make our first Love to the rescue ambassador a teddy bear," said John Cinotto, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Shriners Hospitals for Children. "Depending on the child's needs, teddy bears can be used to teach young patients about upcoming medical procedures and outcomes, or may be given to patients to help ease the apprehension surrounding a hospital stay or surgery. All of these special touches help alleviate a child's stress, which is an important part of the healing process."
To help Fezzy raise money to support Shriners Hospitals for Children, Vermont Teddy Bear is offering a 4 foot version of Fezzy for $99.99, with 20 percent of the proceeds to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. To purchase your own Fezzy, visit www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/Fezzy.
"Vermont Teddy Bear is proud to support Shriners Hospitals for Children by making Fezzy available," said Bill Shouldice, CEO of Vermont Teddy Bear Company. "Our bears have brought a smile to our customers' faces for more than 30 years now, but to know that Fezzy will help kids heal faster for years to come makes us smile even more."
About Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our 23 facilities, located in the United States, Canada and Mexico, provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. Learn more at www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.
About Vermont Teddy Bear
The largest handcrafter of Teddy Bears in North America, Vermont Teddy Bear Company lovingly designs, stuffs and stitches every Bear in Vermont. For a one-of-a-kind gift that's just as unique as the recipient, every Vermont Teddy Bear can be customized to fit a special life event, occasion or holiday. Orders can be placed by phone at 1.800.829.BEAR, where a friendly Bear Counselor® will assist with Bear selection and personalization, online at www.VermontTeddyBear.com or via mail order catalog.