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Social WelfareKing Solomon Lodge No. 10 Donates $6,150 to JD and Deborah Price

Kansas Masonic Foundation Supports Local Kansas Masonic Lodge With Community Member Donation

Leavenworth, Kansas (August 4, 2021)—The Kansas Masonic Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to benefiting Kansas communities, has partnered with King Solomon Lodge No. 10 to donate $6,150 to JD and Deborah Price, a local Leavenworth family in need of financial assistance after experiencing severe complications from COVID-19.

Founded in 1858, King Solomon Lodge No. 10 is a Kansas Masonic lodge dedicated to Freemasonry, the oldest surviving fraternal organization in the world. The lodge has nearly 50 members and is heavily involved in the local community. This year, the Brothers have purchased tennis rackets for the USD 453 tennis team, swimsuits for the swim team, socks, hygiene items, and feminine products for various high school gym classes, and sponsored several families during the holiday season. While the effects of COVID-19 have impacted the capabilities of King Solomon Lodge No. 10, they have still had considerable success with giving locally this year.

“At the beginning of May, JD Price had a routine appointment with his cardiologist,” said King Solomon Lodge No. 10 Worshipful Master Christopher Bergen. “He had contracted a cough, and he and his doctor both thought the cough was due to Midwestern allergies. The cough began to get worse, and by May 14, JD went to the local hospital and tested positive for COVID-19, before spending 20 days in a medically-induced coma and on a ventilator.”

After spending an additional 17 days in the hospital clearing COVID-19-induced pneumonia, JD was taken off the ventilator and out of the coma to find that he had no use of his legs. His left leg was slow to respond, but his right leg is still not in use. Because of this, he was recently transferred to a physical rehabilitation facility in Springfield, Missouri, where he is learning to walk, shower, get out of the wheelchair, and move himself to the bed, toilet, or chairs. Like many others, JD is the breadwinner for his family, relying on his company, KC Window Cleaners, for revenue. With his illness came the halt of his business in mid-May, with JD unlikely to return to work for a long time.

To help provide him and his wife with the financial resources they need to purchase rehabilitation equipment, pay rent, and assist with medical bills, the Brothers at King Solomon Lodge No. 10 arranged and hosted a community Show and Shine fundraising event that consisted of a car show, raffle, and tasty barbecue. After receiving an overwhelming show of support from the local community, King Solomon Lodge No. 10 is taking the $3,650 raised, combined with matching funds from the Kansas Masonic Foundation, to provide a monetary donation of $6,150 to JD and his wife, Deborah. A formal donation presentation will take place on August 7 at JD’s place of residence.

About the Kansas Masonic Foundation:
As the philanthropic arm of Kansas Masons, the Kansas Masonic Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to benefiting Kansas communities and supporting fellow Masons and their families. Since its inception, the foundation has invested more than $50 million in Kansas communities and individuals through funding academic, scientific, and charitable endeavors. For additional information about the Kansas Masonic Foundation and to get involved, click here.

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