By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2016
Route 66 Cruisers club member present the check to Akdar Shrine. (L to R): Dwayne Caldwell, club president; Thomas Morgan Bear, Akdar Shrine; Sharon Caldwell; Sharon Coldren and Denny Coldren.
The Route 66 Cruisers Car Club donated $4,000 to Akdar Shrine for the Sponsored Children of the Akdar Shrine in 2015. Half went to the Stocking Fund and the other half went to the Transportation Fund. In the past 9 years, the club has donated a total of $21,000 to Shriners.
“We would like to thank everyone involved with the club, everyone who attended our Car Show, Swap Meet, & Toy Run, and the community for your continued support,” said Dwayne Caldwell, club president. “Together we made a significant difference in 2015 and put big smiles on the faces of kids being treated at Shriner’s Hospitals.
“Our goal as a car club is to not only cruise and have fun, but to stop, help those in need, and make a difference in the lives of children along the way. Thank you for being a part of our journey as we move forward in 2016.”
There are 22 Shriner’s Hospitals for Children – 18 orthopedic hospitals, three burn hospitals and one hospital that provides orthopedic, burn and spinal cord injury care. These hospitals have cured or substantially helped more than 650,000 children, at no cost to parent or child, since the first Shriner Hospital opened in 1922.
Akdar Shrine Center in Northeast Oklahoma currently has over 1,500 members and transports over 1,200 children to surrounding Shrine Hospitals.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.
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