On October 3, a Shriner Appreciation Reception was held at the Shrine Center in Louisville, KY. Hosted by Kosair Charities, the evening celebrated the history of both organizations, while giving an update on grant recipients, future goals, and recognizing key honorees.

“We were so pleased to celebrate our 2020 gifts and grants, in addition to the long-standing partnership between Kosair Charities and the Kosair Shrine,” said Keith Inman, President of Kosair Charities.

Founded in 1923, Kosair Charities Committee, Inc. was formed by the Kosair Shrine Temple as a separate non-profit organization in response to the unfilled need in the community for children to receive long-term medical care. Known as Kosair Crippled Children’s Hospital, the current home of Kosair Charities originally served as a facility for the treatment of crippled children regardless of condition or financial standing. After collaborations with several healthcare providers, the hospital beds eventually moved downtown and Kosair Charities broadened its scope of support. Kosair Charities mission is to enhance the health and well-being of children by delivering financial support for healthcare, research, education, social services, and child advocacy.

At the reception, Kosair Charities announced a commitment of over $12 million to 80+ partner agencies throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana. “We expect significant impact from these awards and it could not be possible without great stewardship of the Kosair Charities Board, our donors, and the nobility of the Kosair Shrine Temple,” said H.I. Stroth, Board Chair of Kosair Charities.

John Piland, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Shriners International, was in attendance to receive their $50,000 grant to Shiners International Education Foundation to assist with their Kosair Charities Shriner Leader Conference. “We are proud of this grant and are looking forward to great impact with it as we help future Shrine leaders better understand leadership, responsibility, and our mission to help children,” Inman said.

Christina Howard, M.D., Chief of Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine at Kentucky Children’s Hospital in Lexington, KY was also recognized as the 2019 Roger Fox Award for the work she does to help children reach their full potential. “Dr. Howard’s mission of fostering a safe environment for children and adolescents makes her a leader in prevention and education of child maltreatment through collaboration, identification, intervention, and advocacy,” Inman said.

Approximately one hundred nobles, ladies, and guests attended this event, which also recognized key volunteers and donors and discussed the Kosair Charities Face It Movement to end child abuse and neglect. To learn more about Kosair Charities and support the mission, visit www.Kosair.org/donate.

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