Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our 22 locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. Shriners Hospitals for Children has helped over 1,000,000 children without regard to their ability to pay and the budget for 2017 is 3 million dollars per day to operate these facilities.
I am proud to say that I have been a member of Shriners International since 1990 and co-founded the Shriners Golf Classic here in Phoenix in 1997 that benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children, am a member of the Shriners International Sports Committee and served as the Potentate (CEO) of El Zaribah Shriners in 2011. Believe me, it is so rewarding to see the smiles on the faces of the children we help and especially to have one of those children come up and thank you for the help we gave them. You see, all Shriners are volunteers and this is how we do what we do. As one of my very good friends says, “A smile or a thank you from one of our patients is our pay check”.
I love planning golf tournaments and giving to Shriners Hospitals and that is what prompted me to found Tee 2 Green Charities. This will allow us to form tournaments beyond the Shriners Golf Classic to give even more to Shriners Hospitals for Children.