2014 3rd Annual Masonic Charity Trail Run:
The Courage Connection was our charity of choice for the 3rd Annual Masonic Charity Trail Run. Courage Connection provides housing and supportive services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness or who are victims of domestic violence. We believe in the right of every person to safety and the potential of every person for success.
2013 2nd Annual Masonic Charity Trail Run:
During our 2nd Annual race, the members of Ogden Lodge decided to pick a children's charity, and nobody in our area is more recognized and respected for the work they do in that area than the Crisis Nursery. It was our great priviledge to be able to raise $5,000 to help support the great work they do in our community.
From the Crisis Nursery website:
"The Crisis Nursery creates an "Island of Safety" dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect by providing 24-hour emergency care for children and support to strengthen families in crisis.
Crisis Nursery is the only emergency-based child care facility open 24 hours, 365 days a year for the entire community to access with no fees or income eligibility. Besides safe shelter for children, ages birth through six, we also provide family support and parenting education to strengthen parent skills and confidence. We believe that asking for help is a sign of strength."
To learn more about the Crisis Nursery, visit their website at: http://www.crisisnursery.net/2012 1st Annual Ogden Masonic Charity Trail Run
During our 1st Annual Ogden Masonic Charity Trail Run, the members of Ogden Lodge wanted to pick a charity that was known throughout the Central Illinois area as providing an invaluable resource to the community. The Lodge voted unanimously that DSC would be our charity that first year, because of the important work they do, and the fact that they would most benefit from our charity trail run. It was our great priviledge that first year of the Trail Run to raise $3,000 to help support the great work DSC does in our community, and they were a fantastic partner to have that first year when we were still new at planning such a large charitable event.
From DSC's website:
"DSC's mission is to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities by providing services and supports which enable them to live, work, learn and participate in their communities.
DSC serves approximately 1,100 children and adults with developmental disabilities, such as epilepsy, cerebral palsy, autism, cognitive disabilities, Down syndrome, or other conditions. Individuals seeking services may experience functional or environmental challenges that require extra support to live more independently. These challenges may include assistance in adequate daily living skills, adequate work skills, recognized social behaviors, or the ability to access community transportation."
To learn more about Developmental Services Center, visit their website at: