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Disaster ReliefCorinthian Lodge No. 79 Donates $5,000 to the Burlingame Fire Department

Kansas Masonic Foundation Supports Local Kansas Masonic Lodge With Fire Department Donation

Burlingame, Kansas (March 15, 2024)—The Kansas Masonic Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to benefiting Kansas communities, has partnered with Corinthian Lodge No. 79 to donate $5,000 to the Burlingame Fire Department, an organization protecting and preserving life and property in Osage County.  

Founded in 1869, Corinthian Lodge No. 79 is a Kansas Masonic lodge dedicated to Freemasonry, the oldest surviving fraternal organization in the world. The lodge has over 30 members and is highly involved in the community, contributing to the local USD 454 school system through providing scholarships, sponsoring band camp memberships, and awarding funds for essay contest winners. Additionally, the lodge has installed playground equipment in the city of Burlingame, funded improvements for the Burlingame Historical Preservation Society, and recently donated $2,500 to the Burlington Saddle Club to construct a new secure entry gate to the Saddle Club grounds. 

“The mission of Burlingame Fire District No. 6 is to provide fire and first responder medical service to its citizens as well as protect and preserve life and property,” said Corinthian Lodge No. 79 Master Rance Walker. “The current fire district serves 110 square miles, including the city of Burlingame and the Dragoon and Burlingame Townships, in addition to responding to surrounding communities and counties as mutual aid.”

Furthering their mission of supporting the local community, the Brothers at Corinthian Lodge No. 79 have teamed up with the Kansas Masonic Foundation to donate $5,000 to the Burlingame Fire Department. The volunteer-run organization is in need of new personal protective equipment (PPE) and safety equipment to keep all volunteers safe while working during an emergency scene. The funds donated by Corinthian Lodge No. 79 will be used to cover the replacement costs of PPE and equipment to maintain the current standard and keep both volunteers and citizens safe. A formal donation presentation will be made at an upcoming fire district meeting.

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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