Thursday, July 10, 2014
On July 7 at the 140th Imperial Session (annual meeting) of Shriners International, representatives of the world-renowned fraternity elected Summerville, S.C. resident Kenny Craven to the international Boards of Directors for Shriners International and their official philanthropy, Shriners Hospitals for Children. Craven is the first Shriner from South Carolina in the organization's 142-year history that will serve as part of the 13-member board that helps govern the Shriners fraternity and the Shriners' pediatric health care system. In 2024-2025, Craven is set to serve as Chief Executive Officer of Shriners International and the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Craven, a lifelong resident of Summerville, S.C., served as the “Potentate” (President) of the Omar Shriners, the Mount Pleasant, S.C. chapter of Shriners International, in 2012. Craven joined the Shriners fraternity in 1988 and has held several leadership roles with various organizations such as the Summerville Masonic Lodge, Charleston Restaurant Association, and the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to becoming the highest ranking Shriner in the world, Craven will be able to bring the Shriners annual international convention to the city of his choice in the summer of 2025. The Shriners' Imperial
Session will create an estimated $36 million economic impact on the host city as thousands of Shriners from across the world travel to the annual convention.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to represent nearly 300,000 Shriners from across the world in this position,” said Kenny Craven. “Having the chance to help lead an organization that has changed the lives of over one million families through expert pediatric care will be a truly rewarding experience,” Craven continued.
About Shriners International
Shriners International, a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth, founded Shriners Hospitals for Children as its official philanthropy in 1922. The organization, which began as one hospital, is now a world-renowned health care system with 22 locations in three countries. The fraternity, which has nearly 200 chapters in eight countries and thousands of clubs around the world, continues to operate and support this unique health care system.
About Shriners Hospitals for Children Shriners
Hospitals for Children changes lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. The 22 locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. All care and services are provided regardless of the families' ability to pay.
OMAR SHRINE TEMPLE in Mount Pleasant is a non-profit organization and a member of the South Atlantic Shrine Association. Omar Shrine has jurisdiction over the 22 easternmost counties of South Carolina. The official philanthopic purpose of the Shriners fraternity is to support the Shriners Hospitals for Children, which consist of a network of 22 hospitals offering state of the art care to children under the age of 18 for orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate needs regardless of the patient or patient's family's ability to pay for services.