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Lincoln-Douglas Debates Headline Upcoming MMC Event

Saturday, February 24, 2018 | 5:30 p.m.

The annual “A Toast to George Washington” event hosted by Minnesota Masonic Charities and the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Society will this year highlight the Great Debates of 1858 – a series of seven debates between then-candidate for the U.S. Senate from Illinois, Abraham Lincoln, and the incumbent Senator Stephen A. Douglas. Bringing the retrospective to life will be acclaimed actor-interpreters George Buss as Lincoln and Tim Connors as Douglas.

Buss has served for 30 years as a Lincoln interpreter and recently was named to deliver the Address annually at Gettysburg. Connors has performed as Douglas for nearly a decade and appeared at all seven original debate sites during the 2008 Sesquicentennial of the Debates. The two have appeared together on numerous occasions to reprise the roles.

Tickets for this educational and entertaining event are $40/adult ($35 for Heritage Society Members). The evening includes a social hour with cash bar, buffet dinner and the Debates presentation.


Childhood Language Disorders Clinic Joins Minnesota Masonic Charities

The Board of Directors of Minnesota Masonic Charities (MMC) is pleased to announce that the Scottish Rite Foundation of Duluth has become an affiliated charity within the MMC family of charities.

For nearly 30 years, the Scottish Rite Foundation has sponsored the Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders, which has diagnosed and treated children in Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin. Services at the Clinic are provided without charge. In becoming an affiliate of MMC, the Clinic will remain a Masonic organization and be able to continue to provide critical treatment to children desperate to communicate.

The partnership between the two organizations is not a new one. MMC has long recognized the important work provided by the Clinic and has supported its efforts through annual Mission grants. The integration secures the Clinic’s ability to provide critical interventions and remediation of childhood language disorders in perpetuity with the goal of expanding operations.

“We have a saying at Minnesota Masonic Charities: Stronger Together,” said Eric Neetenbeek, president and CEO of Minnesota Masonic Charities. “That is certainly true in this case. The Scottish Rite Clinic has done an outstanding job of serving this community. By coming together, we will be stronger, and we will serve more.”

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