ELLSWORTH — The city will be a sea of red hats this weekend as Anah Temple Shriners celebrate their annual ceremonial.
The four-day event, beginning today, Thursday, June 17, marks the elevation of a new potentate (temple leader) and induction of new members. The 2010 potentate is Charles “Chuck” Kennedy.
Festivities include public events, such as the parade Saturday, and private, Shriners-only ceremonies.
Five-year-old Jenna Colson of Birch Harbor hopes to attend the parade. Her picture is on one of the Shriners’ miniature 18-wheeler trucks after all.
Jenna, who was born with a shortened femur and had to have part of her leg amputated, has received free medical care through the network of Shrine hospitals.
“They love Jenna and they take very good care of her,” Jenna’s mother, Danielle Colson, explained.
As a growing girl, Jenna needs a new prosthetic leg about every six months. The Shriners make it happen. These days, Jenna is sporting a limb decorated with teen idol Hannah Montana.
The 22 Shriners Hospitals serve thousands of children each year. Children up to age 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care at no cost.
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