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COMMUNITY: Balmoral Masonic Lodge donates $20,000 to two St. Albert groups

St. Albert Food Bank and Sturgeon Hospital Foundation receive $10,000 each.
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Balmoral Masonic Lodge members presented two donations of $10,000 each to the St. Albert Food Bank and Sturgeon Hospital Foundation on May 4, 2022. SUPPLIED/Photo

The Balmoral #185 Masonic Lodge made $10,000 donations to two St. Albert organizations on Wednesday.

Lodge principal officers and members presented two donations of $10,000 each to the St. Albert Food Bank and the Sturgeon Hospital Foundation on May 4. Each organization was represented by their executive directors: Susan Krescy of the St. Albert Food Bank, and Katrina Black of the Sturgeon Hospital Foundation.

These donations will provide support to the ongoing work these organizations do in the community.

Balmoral Masonic Lodge has been in St. Albert for 60 years since being founded. During that time, it has met in various churches and halls for a number of years. The organization decided to find a permanent meeting place, which resulted in the formation of the St. Albert Cornerstone Society — a nonprofit fundraising society — to achieve that goal. Its founding members included Balmoral Masonic Lodge and the Pioneer Chapter Order of Eastern Star. 

After several years of successful fundraising events, the organization was offered the opportunity to purchase a portion of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #175 facility, which was renamed Cornerstone Hall. It has been operated for 30-plus years by St. Albert Cornerstone Society as a nonprofit rental facility for use by the general public.

Balmoral Masonic Lodge also continues to support two $500 student scholarships, as it has for many years, for Bellerose Composite High School and Paul Kane High School students in the names of two former military members lost in the Afghanistan conflict.

Balmoral Masonic Lodge officers and members look forward to many years of continued activity in the St. Albert area.