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  • Writer's pictureGayle Albertini

"No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child."

Updated: Feb 4

"No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child," is the Shriner’s motto.



Brian and Beth McDowell dropped into The Pointe for the “After Hours Party” after attending the Shriner’s Winter Ceremonial Event. Brian became a Shriner in 2007. He started, as all Shriners must, as a Master Mason. The Shriner's mission of helping burned and crippled children pulled on his heartstrings, and he felt a calling to join the 154-year-old organization. Brian says he was drawn to the Shriners because of their mission: "Our mission helps us transform the lives of children and families worldwide."


Brian and Beth McDowell dropped into The Pointe for the “After Hours Party” after attending the Shriner’s Winter Ceremonial Event.

The Shriners raise money for Shriner's Hospitals on a global level. There are 170 countries where Shriners donate money to help children and their families achieve the best possible medical outcome.


Brian is an Eastern North Carolina (ENC) Sudan Patrol member. There are 35 units in Sudan Temple. Last year, Brian served as the captain of his unit. This year, he passed that torch, as is tradition, to his first lieutenant.


The Winter Ceremonial Event that Brian and Beth attended on Saturday, January 27, is always held in New Bern. It is held after the New Bern parade, where the Shriners perform fabulously entertaining skits with cars, bikes, and clowns. The new Potentate is installed at the Winter Ceremonial, and new Shriners are initiated.


Thank you, Brian, for all you do and for being a part of the Fairfield Harbour Family that gives back to worthy causes!


If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Shriner, call Brian at 412-596-3424 or email brianmac815@gmail.com.

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