The Project

Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada has embarked on its first-ever major fundraising campaign, the Exceptional Care for Exceptional Kids Campaign, with an objective of raising $130 million to help build the new Shriners Hospitals for Children in Montreal

Shriners and their famous fezzes

Shriners International started in Manhattan in 1870 when some members of what is considered the world’s oldest fraternity – Masonry – came up with an idea for a new philanthropic fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the principles of brotherly love, truth and relief.

The Shriners fraternity is committed to fostering self-improvement through leadership, education, the perpetuation of moral values and community involvement and serving mankind through the resources of its philanthropy, Shriners Hospitals for Children.

And the hat? Well, the founding members were influenced by the then popular Middle-Eastern culture, of which the fez was a traditional garment. Now, although it might seem an extraordinary choice of headwear, the attention-drawing fez, nevertheless, serves as a simple and effective means of gaining valuable exposure for Shriners and their philanthropy.