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News & Events

Masonic Mission Award Winner Announced

Alejandra Castellanos, nursing assistant at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, was recently named a Masonic Mission Award recipient based on a nomination from a patient family. Presenting the award at the Masonic Children’s Hospital was MMC Board of Directors Chairman, Roger McNear. Congratulations, Alejandra!


Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 22, 2018! Our MMC 2018 Gala will be held at the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center, this year focused on the theme, “Doing more for children…because…” We have a lot to celebrate as we highlight our achievements in the areas of children’s health and education! Please join us.

Saturday, September 22, 2018
Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center
Social hour begins: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner seating: 6:15 p.m.
Entertainment by special guest (and MMC scholarship recipient), pianist Brayden Drevlow!

Tickets: $125/person  – Sponsorships available.
Please make your reservations no later than September 7.
Seating limited: Please reserve your place at the table: CLICK HERE.

Scottish Rite Clinic Names New Director

Duluth, Minn. – The president and CEO of Minnesota Masonic Charities (MMC), Eric Neetenbeek,  announced today that Nicole Lampi will take over the role of director of the Scottish Rite Clinic for Childhood Language Disorders in Duluth. MMC acquired the Clinic last January.

A licensed speech-language pathologist, Lampi comes to the Clinic after serving as manager of pediatric rehabilitation for Essentia Health-Polinsky Medical Rehabilitation. She holds a Master of Arts degree in communication sciences and disorders and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree, both from University of Minnesota-Duluth.

“Niki is a highly qualified professional with a real passion for treating children with communication disorders,” said Neetenbeek. “She is a great addition to our clinic and will be instrumental in continuing the high quality of services the clinic has provided for almost three decades.”

Lampi replaces Carol Roberts, who led the efforts of the clinic for 27 years and will retire in June.  The Scottish Rite Clinic has helped countless families unlock the world of communication for their children since 1990. Reasons for language delays are varied, ranging from hearing impairment and cognitive delays to motor disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorder. The clinic does not charge for services, easing the burden on families and caregivers so that their focus can be on helping their child’s development. The integration to a Minnesota Masonic charity secures the clinic’s ability to provide critical interventions and remediation in perpetuity with the goal of expanding operations.

MMC Accelerates Race to End Cancer

On April 10, 2018, Minnesota Masonic Charities (MMC) announced an acceleration of their 2008 pledge of $65 million to the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota. The $25 million accelerated payment marks the 10-year anniversary of the original pledge, and comes at a critical time in cancer research.

The $25 million infusion of funding will have a great impact on advancing “precision medicine” at the cancer center, helping its 500+ members pursue research into an individual’s risk of cancer, develop targeted therapies for cancer treatment, create new tools to study cancer, and recruit the best minds in science to get the job done.

“We believe that the end of this disease is within our sights,” said Eric J. Neetenbeek, president and CEO of Minnesota Masonic Charities. “Using all the information and tools at their disposal, the Masonic Cancer Center will have the ability to advance cancer prevention and treatment at an individual level until cancer finally will cease to exist.”

A long-time partner of the University of Minnesota, Minnesota Masonic Charities has pledged $125 million to cancer care, research and children’s health there since 1955, making MMC the University’s single largest donor.