Masonic boost


March 6, 2019 - 10:10 AM

Iola Lodge Worshipful Master Kim Colgin, second from left, presents the check to LaHarpe PRIDE member Harry Lee Jr.

The Iola Masonic Lodge No. 38 gave LaHarpe organizers a $300 check Tuesday, part of the organization’s assistance with a successful citywide fund drive to raise $10,000 for a number of improvements around town.

The $10,000 will be matched by another $10,000 from the Kansas Health Foundation, with proceeds to add a new water fountain and park benches at LaHarpe City Park, construction of a new BMX bike track and reintroducing the annual LaHarpe Day celebration in June.

The Masonic Lodge’s 90 members do other of civic efforts throughout Allen County, including providing $10,000 in scholarships to area high school seniors this year as well as donations to Hope Unlimited and Iola Community Pantry. Statewide, the Masons donated a combined $2.1 million last year.

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