One of the best ways for the Grotto to shine is to really embrace the spirit of sympathy and good fellowship, which is our motto. Recently, Ubar Grotto took hold of that idea and brought it to a new a high.
Back in the early summer, the members of Ubar Grotto heard about a local DeMolay who was having some health issues, named Parker Harley. Parker and his family are well known to the Masons in central Pennsylvania, with his father being a prominent Past Master of the Lodge in Ephrata, PA. It came to light that Parker was in need of a liver transplant due to a rare condition. The cost for this procedure and the ensuing maintenance were exorbitant – in the neighborhood of $300,000. That is when the Masonic Fraternity stepped in to help.
Many organizations have donated money to the charity fund set up for Parker, including DeMolay Chapters, Eastern Star, Amaranth, and the Scottish Rite. Seeing the need for continued support, the members of Ubar Grotto wanted to chip in as well. The Prophets donated money through a silent auction at the October stated meeting. They further decided that any funds not used by the Prophets to cover the cost of the November Convivial meal would be donated to the fund.
All told, the Prophets have donated nearly $800 to the Parker Harley Fund. That’s more than $11 per member and represents a serious commitment to Masonic philanthropy on the part of Ubarians.
Ubar Grotto is proud to rally behind a member of the Masonic family that is in need. That’s how we show display our sympathy and good fellowship.