California Masons Donate to Ukraine Relief Efforts
THREE MASONIC BODIES PRESENT GIFT TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS
July 20, 2022, SAN FRANCISCO – On Tuesday, July 19, 2022, Masons from throughout California presented a gift of $76,500 to the International Committee of the Red Cross, to provide support and relief to Ukrainian citizens. The total includes gifts from individual Masons throughout California, as well as contributions from lodges and the California Masonic Foundation.
The International Committee of the Red Cross delivers relief items to the displaced, provides medicine and supplies to health care facilities, restores the water supply to millions of people, and other lifesaving activities.
“Charity and relief are cherished values of Freemasons everywhere, and as Masons, we are committed to helping those in need in all communities. This gift to the International Committee of the Red Cross will provide important services for the Ukrainian people in their darkest hour,” said Jeffrey M. Wilkins, grand master of the Masons of California.
This marks the first time that three Masonic jurisdictions have come together to present such a gift. Grand Master Jeffrey M. Wilkins of the Grand Lodge of California, Jean-Claude Zambelli, the sovereign grand commander of the George Washington Union Grand Lodge Supreme Council, and Grand Master David San Juan of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Masons of California, Inc., were in attendance to present the check and affirm their commitment to humanitarian aid, and charity.
In attendance to receive the gift from the International Committee of the Red Cross was Hanna Malak, regional chief executive officer, and Amy Currin, director of development.