TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 19, 2014) – Visit Tampa Bay joined with the Prince Hall Shriners in donating a total of $175,000 to the American Diabetes Association this week.
Visit Tampa Bay gave $50,000 to the diabetes association, which is the focus of the Prince Hall Shriners’ charitable works. The Shriners gave $125,000. The donations were made at a ceremony on Monday.
The donations were part of the Shriners’ week-long Imperial Session, which is going on through Thursday. The session includes workshops, meetings, mentoring and the highlight of the week: the annual parade, which features bicycles, equestrians, clowns, strollers and marching clubs.
As it did in 2010, this year’s parade will go down Seventh Avenue in Ybor City. It steps off at 6 p.m. today from Seventh Avenue and Nuccio Parkway. It will end at Seventh and 20th Street.
Visit Tampa Bay President and CEO Santiago Corrada will be among the local dignitaries riding in the parade. Tampa City Councilman Frank Reddick will also ride in the parade, as will county commissioners Sandy Murman and Les Miller. Miller is a member of the Prince Hall Shriners.
“This parade has become a tradition,” Corrada said Tuesday. “We’re thrilled the Prince Hall Shriners are visiting Tampa Bay. We look forward to their return.”
In all, 25,000 members of the Prince Hall Shriners are visiting Tampa this week. That’s nearly twice the 15,000 members who attended the Prince Hall Shriners first gathered in Tampa in 2010. During that visit, the Shriners added $6.2 million to the local economy.
The Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine of North and South America and Its Jurisdictions Inc. was established as Imperial Council of Prince Hall Shriners and acts primarily a benevolent, charitable and fraternal organization. Members are dedicated to fostering civic, economic and educational development programs throughout the world.
The Worldwide Fraternal Shrine Family has about 35,000 members throughout the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, England, Spain, Hawaii, Japan, Korea, Guam, Thailand, Panama and the Bahamas.
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