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Kansas Masons Partner with Kansas PRIDE!

KansasPRIDEMasonsOn the morning of March 18, 2016, Kansas Mason’s Day as proclaimed by the Kansas Governor’s Office, it was announced that the Kansas Masons would extend funding and local support to the Kansas PRIDE Program. Masons from 220 lodges across Kansas have collectively given $2.5 million through the Kansas Masonic Foundation to support Kansas State University programs, $1 million of which will benefit and support the Kansas PRIDE program

"This gift is on behalf of Kansas Masons to benefit programs that are good for Kansans and Kansas communities," said Darren Kellerman, grand master of Kansas Masons.

"With more than 45 years of success, the Kansas PRIDE program continues to be vital in creating a better tomorrow for 400 Kansas communities over the life of the program, including about 70 communities each year," said Daryl Buchholz, Associate Director of Extension and Applied Research at Kansas State University. "The Kansas Masons' generous investment of time and money will help us expand this program to even more communities, engaging more Kansans in community vitality projects that will improve their future."

The Kansas PRIDE Program will implement a strategic plan to best determine how the donated funds will be utilized to exercise the most benefit for Kansas communities. Updates on finalized plans will be given in upcoming weeks and months.

All Kansas PRIDE Communities are encouraged to reach out to local Mason Lodges. To find a Masonic Lodge near your community go to: http://www.kansasmason.org/about-freemasonry/locate-a-lodge/ -

When you make contact be sure to let them know of your local program and efforts, such as your plans for Week of PRIDE (May 22-28, 2016), and work to build a partnership at the local level.

Exciting times for Kansas PRIDE! Thank you Kansas Masons for supporting our vision of "Vibrant Communities with a Positive Future!"

Building Better Communities

The Kansas PRIDE Program is a partnership of K-State Research and Extension, the Kansas Department of Commerce, and Kansas PRIDE, Inc.

Kansas PRIDE is dedicated to serving communities across the state to encourage and assist local government and volunteers in making their community a better place to live and work.

Through the Kansas PRIDE program, local communities identify what they would like to preserve, create, or improve for their future. Then, working with the resources of K-State Research & Extension and the Kansas Department of Commerce, community volunteers pull together to create their ideal community future.