Monday, April 10, 2023

Fire Destroys Hejaz Shrine in South Carolina

 by Christopher Hodapp

A devastating fire on Tuesday morning has destroyed the Hejaz Shrine Temple in Mauldin, South Carolina, near Greenville. According to multiple news reports, the entire facility that included the Shrine and the Legacy Pines Golf Club clubhouse is a total loss. The golf club leased its facility from the Shrine.


Fire destroys Upstate’s Hejaz Shrine Temple

 Alex CooperMay 13, 2020

A fire destroyed the Hejaz Shrine Temple in Greenville County, engulfing the building in the early hours of Tuesday, May 12.

Firefighters were called out shortly after midnight to the temple on Ranch Road, according to local media. After firefighters worked to stop the flames for some time, the roof of the building began to collapse.


Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Shriners Children's College Classic Recap


Fezcast March 30th, 2023

The University of Louisville baseball team won the 2023 Shriners Children's College Classic after an undefeated weekend, outscoring their opponents 27-5. 

Patient Ambassadors were recognized on the field during the games, interacted with teams before the games and even threw out the first pitch at each game. This year, six Shriners Children's patients served as honorary team captains, each representing one team and raising funds for Shriners Childrens.

Meet team captains Adison, Hallie, Ally, Kaden, Layla and Carter. Click on their profiles to watch videos of their stories. 

Bahia Annual Scholarship Program

Fezcast March 30th, 2023

For the first time since its inception, Bahia Shriners Annual Scholarship Program proudly presented its 2023 scholarship award to a Shriners Children's patient. Madison, 18, was born with arthrogryposis; a rare muscle disorder that can cause stiff joints and abnormal muscle deveopment.

Learn more about Madison and her plans to pursue a career that will help make a difference in the lives of others. 


Lynyrd Skynyrd Makes a Difference


Fezcast March  30th, 2023

Legends of Southern Rock Lynyrd Skynyrd have once again chosen Shriners Children's as their charity of choice for their 2023 tour. Over the past five years, they raised more than $470,000 to benefit our philanthropy through CD sales at their shows.

While the band is on tour, the organization Rock-It-Kids enlists the help from local Shriners to help sell CDs for the band during concerts, and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Shriners Children's that is nearest to them. Learn more.

First Shrine Club in Africa


Fezcast March 30th, 2023

During the latter part of 2019, two 33° Masons, Most Puissant Brother Adam Du Plesis and Most Illustrious Brother Paul Nash, started discussions about bringing the Shriners to South Africa.

On December 10, 2022, 10 Master Masons from Lodges within the Northern Division of the Grand Lodge of South Africa were initiated into the Mahi Shriners via a Zoom meeting. So began the first Shrine Club in South Africa and in the African continent. Learn more. 

2023 Paper Crusade Flyers


Fezcast March 30th, 2023

The 2023 Paper Crusade flyers are now available for download. This single-fold, double-sided flyer contains general information about Shriners Children's and Shriners International, as well as patient stories and details about ways to give to our philanthropy.

Download the files and have them printed at your local printer for use during your fundraising efforts.

Color flyer

Black and white flyer

Advertise in the Imperial Session Souvenir Program

 Fezcast March 30th, 2023

Here is your opportunity to advertise in the 2023 Imperial Session Souvenir Program. Place an advertisement for your business, Lodge or Shrine Center. You can also take the opportunity to congratulate Imperial Sir Kenny Craven and Imperial Sir Ed Stolze for their dedicated service. Pricing is listed below and is on a first come first serve basis regarding location within the program.

Ad Pricing

Full page: $800

1/2 page: $600

1/4 page: $400

Inside front cover: $1,000

Inside back cover: $1,000

Outside back cover: $1,500

Please send artwork to Kenny Skipper at or you can contact him via phone at 843-200-7520.

Please send payment to:

Shriners International Session of 2023, Inc.

158 West McNeely Street

Mooresville, NC 28115

*Deadline for all artwork and payment is April 1, 2023 – No exceptions. 

Information for 2023 Parade Participants

Fezcast, March 30th 2023

Parade Marshal: Noble Wes Kennerley

Dear Potentate/Recorder/Parade Marshal,

The Imperial Session 2023 Parade will take place Tuesday, July 4, at 6 p.m. in Concord, North Carolina. Please use the parade registration link above to submit your Shrine Center parade entries. Shrine Centers are responsible for registering their parade units as a group. Individual units, please do not register on your own. The deadline for your Shriner Center parade registration is May 31, 2023!

A Certificate of Insurance must be submitted along with your registration. Please add Shriners International Session 2023, Inc. and Shriners International as an additional insured on your Certificate of Insurance. This certificate can be uploaded during registration or emailed to

The Parade Marshal’s meeting is scheduled on Sunday, July 2, 2023. This meeting will take place in the Tryon room at the Westin Hotel at 10 a.m. It is required that your designated Shrine Center Parade Marshal or responsible Noble, attend for parade review and updates.

Overnight parade vehicle parking will be available at the Oasis Shrine Center, 604 Doug Mayes Place, Charlotte, NC 28262, during Imperial Session week. Due to Shrine Center events, parade vehicle parking will be designated only to the upper grassy lot. Should you need assistance, please contact Noble Wes Kennerley at 704-425-2759 or

Parade Information

Parade Marshal: Noble West Kennerley, 704-425-2759,
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Parade Marshal’s Meeting: Sunday, July 2, 2023, 10 a.m., Westin Hotel, Tryon room
Parade Date: Tuesday, July 4, 2023
Location: zMax Dragway, 6570 Bruton Smith Blvd., Concord, NC 28027
Line up: 3 – 5 p.m.
Step off: 6 p.m.
Route: see photo map of parade route
Line up order: will be posted at a later date
Overnight Parade Vehicle Parking: Oasis Shriners, 604 Doug Mayes Place, Charlotte, NC 28262

Please check back for regular updates.

2023 Imperial Session Parade Map


2023 Cornhole Tournament

Fezcast, March 30th 2023

Get Your Teams Ready!

Get your teams ready for a Cornhole Tournament you won’t want to miss. All Nobles, ladies, friends and family members are welcome. The tournament will be played on July 2-3 in the Marketplace in Hall B of the Charlotte Convention Center.

Please contact Moe Rahmeh for tournament questions and or additional information:  — 817-312-9623

Register your team


Make Plans to Attend Imperial Session in Charlotte

Fezcast March 30th, 2023

The 149th Imperial Session will be here before you know it, so start making your plans now. Join Imperial Potentate Kenny Craven and First Lady JJ Craven in Charlotte, North Carolina, for fun, fellowship and lots of new Shriner memories in the making.

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Fire Destroys Hejaz Shrine in South Carolina

 by Christopher Hodapp A devastating fire on Tuesday morning has destroyed the Hejaz Shrine Temple in Mauldin, South Carolina, near Greenvil...