The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 26, 2007

High school bands to march in Greenbrier Valley Shriners parade

LEWISBURG — More than 14 high school bands from across the state will be marching in downtown Lewisburg Saturday at the third annual Greenbrier Valley Shriners parade.

Maynard Hinkle, co-chairman for the event and a 30-year Shrine member, said the parade starts at 4 p.m. and a band competition will follow at Greenbrier East High School’s Spartan Stadium about 5:30 p.m.

“The Shriners will be on the streets of Lewisburg taking donations starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday,” Hinkle said. “Shriners from Charleston will also be participating in the parade.”

Hinkle said 100 percent of the funds raised by their club goes into a fund which pays for the cost of transporting children to Shriners Hospitals in Ohio and Virginia.

“We currently have about 30 kids that we take care of,” Hinkle said. “We take care of the cost of transportation and the lodging for the children and adults.”

Another Shrine event will take place in White Sulphur Springs on Oct. 13, Shriner James Hylton said.

Shriners will be collecting donations on city streets and at the football field during a midget league game.

“The cost of flying a burn victim to Cincinnati is about $5,500,” Hylton said.

For more information about the Greenbrier Valley Shrine Club, call Hinkle at 645-3291.

— Christian Giggenbach