Masons to host roof fundraiser

Published 8:14 pm Saturday, March 26, 2016

Photo by Aaron Paden / Jerry Kelly, Andre Spiller, Charles McCoy, Steve Jones, Mahundis Brice, Jimmie Fields, Catories Howard, Kevin Patterson, Kenneth Young, Orlando Little, Woody Smith, Dedric Butler, Johnnie Thompson, William Bledsoe, Vernon Fields, Zackary Jackson and Maurice Brown pose for a photo after giving out over 140 Easter bags to residents at Haven Hall.

Photo by Aaron Paden / Jerry Kelly, Andre Spiller, Charles McCoy, Steve Jones, Mahundis Brice, Jimmie Fields, Catories Howard, Kevin Patterson, Kenneth Young, Orlando Little, Woody Smith, Dedric Butler, Johnnie Thompson, William Bledsoe, Vernon Fields, Zackary Jackson and Maurice Brown pose for a photo after giving out over 140 Easter bags to residents at Haven Hall.

St. Mark Lodge No. 24 will host a fundraiser barbecue at 625 N. Second St. April 1-2 at 11 a.m.

St. Mark Lodge Secretary Catories Howard said the money would go toward repairing the group’s lodge. Originally constructed in 1942, the St. Mark Lodge was struck by a falling tree 10 years ago and has remained unused ever since.

Despite members also paying regular dues, Howard said it has been difficult to raise money for repairs, estimated to cost between $2,200 and $3,200, because the group also tries to host at least three events a year for the community.

“We pay dues and use the proceeds from our fundraiser thing, you know. The public comes first, and we come last,” Howard said. “We are a strong believer in giving back and helping the world. We believe that the measures of a person’s life is the effect they have on others.”

On March 19, they gave out 160 Easter bags to residents at Haven Hall. In December, they gave gifts to more than 100 children at an event at Lipsey School. Howard said that event cost them over $1,000.

“The majority of the money we get, we always give back to the public,” Howard said. “When we did the Christmas thing, that really went deep in our pockets. We always give back to the public at least three times a year.”

The building, located on Washington Street, has been St. Mark Lodge since 1952. Howard said they are committed to repairing the building despite the challenges.

“It’s going to take some time, but it’s going to happen,” he said.

St. Mark Lodge No. 24 will sell chicken plates for $8 and rib plates for $10 at the event.