In an effort to combat rising gas prices, everything raised will go directly to funding their shuttling services for children to and from area Shriners Hospitals.
“There is a great satisfaction of doing this,” said Robert Di Carlo, long time Glendale Shriner. “Most of the guys are retired, or semi-retired, and we look to do something valuable with our lives.”
With donated gift baskets from places like the Woodhaven House, Edison Place, and Nick’s Bistro, the group is inviting everyone to the event free of charge for an auction, prizes and fun.
Di Carlo added that everyone attending the event is invited to eat free food, enjoy entertainment and meet with a number of elected officials, who he said they have invited.
The Kismet Shriners are a nonprofit charity that abides by the Shriners International creed, which includes caring for the less fortunate, especially children.
Shriners Hospitals focus on providing care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special needs problems.
Kathy Masi, president of the Glendale Civic Association, said groups like this need more recognition in the community.
“I am proud to have guys like these living here in Glendale among us,” Masi said.