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Kansas Masonic Foundation Supports Local Kansas Masonic Lodge With Church Donation

Chanute, Kansas (February 2, 2024)—The Kansas Masonic Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to benefiting Kansas communities, has partnered with Cedar Lodge No. 103 to donate $1,000 to the Alliance of Churches for Christian Living (ACCL). The organization holds Operation Soupline, an annual fundraising event providing emergency funds for local families in need of financial assistance with utility expenses, medication, and other essentials. 

Founded in 1871, Cedar Lodge No. 103 is a Kansas Masonic Lodge dedicated to Freemasonry, the oldest surviving fraternal organization in the world. The lodge has 82 members and is heavily involved in community service, including hosting an essay contest for local high school students, sponsoring students at the Annual Shrine Bowl Band Camp, and holding a pancake breakfast for Chanute residents. The lodge has previously donated to Operation Soupline in Chanute and continues to support its mission of providing essential resources to under-served individuals in the community. 

“Operation Soupline has been an annual event in Chanute for over 41 years,” said Cedar Lodge No. 103 Secretary Nicholas Harrison. “The event occurs on a specific Tuesday in February, and a meal of soup, crackers, choice of drink, and piece of pie is provided to attendees and donors.”

To help further their mission and provide support to individuals within the community, the Brothers at Cedar Lodge No. 103 have teamed up with the Kansas Masonic Foundation to provide a monetary donation of $1,000 to the Alliance of Churches for Christian Living (ACCL), which hosts Operation Soupline in Chanute. The event has become a significant fundraising opportunity within the community. Many local businesses choose to order soup for delivery at their place of business, and many donated pies are purchased through donations of a set amount. All funds donated will help families in need cover the cost of rent and utilities, and a formal donation announcement will take place on February 8, 2024, at Cedar Lodge No. 103.

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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