More than little cars and parades: Carter County Shriners have history of helping


Staff member
Bill Callihan has been a member of the Carter County Shrine Club for 60 years. In that time he has seen a lot of changes. For example, Callihan remembers that their first fundraising event wasn't the horse show they are known for today, or their popular and well attended bluegrass festival. Their first fundraiser was a rodeo, and before the founding of their clubhouse the group met in different members' homes or places of business.
But one thing that has been consistent, right from the start, was the Shriners' dedication to raising funds to cover medical expenses for needy children. You may know them as the guys dressed like hillbillies or wearing fezzes and driving tiny cars in the parade. But the Shrine Club is a fraternity within the Masons whose philanthropic mission is the funding of the nonprofit Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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