Benefit to raise funds for children’s hospitals

By Roland Stoy For The Daily Reporter
Posted at 10:42 AM
Updated at 10:43 AM

COLDWATER – It is for the children, and along with the greatest reward of
donating to a worthy cause, there will be delightful fringe benefits from Amish

On Friday, July 7, members of the area Amish Community will be hosting a
benefit event to raise funds for Shriners hospitals, which treat hundreds of
children throughout the country with scoliosis, spina bifida, spinal deformities,
clubfoot, hand problems, hip disorders, missing limbs, leg-length discrepancies,
skeletal growth abnormalities, spinal cord injuries and burn injuries.

The family event will be held at 2 p.m. at the home of Nathan and Rebecca
Eicher, 830 Newton Road, just outside of Coldwater.

There is no charge for admission or for the family activities, but donations will
be accepted.

Branch County Shrine Club Benefit Coordinator and past president, Jim Dostal,
along with current president, Roger Kimble, said there are 22 hospitals in North
and Central America, including one in Mexico City and one in Montreal Canada,
with the rest located throughout the United States.

With parental approval, should they have insurance, the Shriners will pick up all
medical costs the insurance companies do not pay. Should the family not have
any insurance and/or no funds to pay for medical costs, the Shriners
organization covers the entire medical cost for the child.

The hospitals that serve this region are Chicago Orthopaedic, Cincinnati Burn
Center & Erie General. Members sponsor many children (up to 18-years-old) in
this region, with the Shriner bus or van in service up to five days per week
transporting kids to their various appointments for surgery and doctor visits.

Family activity begin at 2 p.m. with miniature pony rides. A grilled chicken
dinner with all the trimmings beginning at 4 p.m., followed by homemade pie
and ice cream. A variety of items will be sold by auction beginning at 5 p.m.,
including a miniature pony sale. Donations for the auction will be accepted up to
and including the day of the benefit.

A miniature pony pull begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Shriners organization was formed by a group of Masons in 1922 and is a
philanthropic and community action group with a long history of providing
medical care for children.

Call Jim Dostal (517) 317-4527 to donate or for further information.


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