Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth — with nearly 200 chapters in several countries and thousands of clubs around the world. The organization is open to men of integrity from all walks of life, and who have already become Master Masons.
The Shrine’s charitable arm is the Shriners Hospitals for Children, a network of over 20 hospitals in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The rules for all of the Shriners Hospitals are simple and to the point: any child under the age of 18 can be admitted to the hospital if, in the opinion of the doctors, the child can be treated. There is no requirement for religion, race, or relationship to a Shriner, and medical services are provided free of charge.