Shriners of North America
Grand Potentate of the Habibi Temple
This year the Grand Marshall for the Louisiana Cattle Festival Grand Parade are the Shrines of North America and Mr. Noicy Langlinais, Potentate of the Habibi Temple is our special guest.
Whenever someone mentions the Shriners, many think: "those are the guys who drive little cars and wear the strange hats!"
Yes, many people know us as the fun-loving group of men we are-- but what many may not know is that we are the driving force behind the "World's Greatest Philanthropy," Shriners Hospital for Children.
The Shrine fraternity was started in 1872 by two Masons who wanted to start a fraternity based on fellowship and fun.
In June, 1920, after almost 50 years of expansion of the Shrine fraternity, a resolution was presented and the Shrine's official charity was born, the Shrine Hospital for crippled children.
The Shriners of North America built the fist Shriners Hospital in 1922 in Shreveport, LA, to treat crippled children. In 1963 the first Shriners burn center was opened at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. In 1968, children with burns over 45 percent of their body were considered fatal. Today, many children with burns over 95 percent of their bodies survive. In 1980, the spinal cord injury unit at the Philadelphia Shriners Hospital opened. it was the first unit of its kind in the United States. Today, the Shriners Hospital network has 22 modern, well-equipped hospitals for children in a compassionate family environment. Our hospitals are located throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Remember this mission is carried out free of charge, without regard to race, color, creed, sex or religion.
In 2004, Shriners Hospitals will spend more than $596 million to provide the best medical care to kids. That is $18 per second, and almost $1.6 million per day. To date, more than 735,000 children have been helped at Shriners Hospitals. and that number continues to grow.
At Shriners Hospitals, outstanding research is combined with excellent teaching facilities, where some of the best doctors in the world get their training.
What started out as a way to help a few kids, has evolved into a world-class network of children's hospitals. Throughout the world, Shriners Hospitals are known for the first class medical care for children, all provided at no cost.
It's no wonder why Shriners Hospitals for children are called "The World's Greatest Philanthropy."
For more information go www.shrinershq.org