Great Lakes Shrine Association Conference Held in Merrillville, Special Events in Crown Point

Merrillville, IN - The Great Lakes Shrine Association (GLSA) will be holding their Ceremonial Session in Merrillville at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza, beginning September 17th through September 19th. The GLSA is made up of twenty-one centers in five states and the Canadian Province of Ontario.

Kate Hurey, Convention Sales Manager for the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority commented, "This conference wouldn't have been possible if it weren't for the help of the local Orak Shrine and specifically, Jim Bailey; as they helped secure this event and bring this meeting home."

The Ceremonial Session gives Units a chance to compete against other Shrine Units and is an opportunity for the Shrine centers and Nobles to parade for the host city and display colorful uniforms and pageantry. A parade, celebrating the organization's 60th Anniversary will be held in Crown Point around the square. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the parade on 11am on Saturday, September 19th. The Parade Afterglow will take place from 1pm to 3pm (after the parade) at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Mayor Uran of Crown Point stated, "We are honored to host the Great Lakes Shrine Association in Crown Point. This is truly a tremendous and historic occasion for both the Great Lakes Shrine Association and our city as they celebrate their 60th Anniversary with a grandiose parade."

Friday night at 7pm, the Great Lakes Shrine Association will also host a VIP dinner and "An Evening with Howie Damron, The Masonic Pride Tour." Damron wrote the song, "The Masonic Ring," which as become world known and touched lives of his Brother Freemasons all over the world."

The Shriners of North America have a philanthropic mission to support Shriners Hospitals for Children, a world-class network of twenty-two pediatric specialty hospitals located throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

For a schedule of events visit The estimated economic impact of the GLSA Ceremonial Session is $250,000 to the local economy.