This afternoon Lawton Lodge #183 hosted a luncheon in an effort to raise money to help the family of Manda Pohawpatchoko, a young lady with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The Lawton native was diagnosed with the disease in July and has been undergoing intensive medical treatments since then.
The lodge drew the support of the city, including the Lawton Constitution (who published an article), KLAW Radio (who ran radio ads), and others in an effort to help a family challenged with the expense of both the medical costs and traveling to and from Oklahoma City where she receives treatments.
After all was said and done, the Brothers of Lawton Lodge and the International Order of Rainbow for Girls Assembly #55 served 24 lbs of pasta (with 10 gallons of sauce), 160 slices of garlic bread and 3 loaves of Italian bread, 15 pounds of meatballs, and 40 lbs of lasagna. The guests ate well and raised $1,800. With matching funds from the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma, the grand total raised for Manda Panda and her family was $3,600.
When Worshipful Master Dennis Plunkett announced the final total there were plenty of cheers and several tears. He ended his announcement saying, “We wish we could have done more.”
UPDATE: Thanks to last minute donations the Brothers of the Lodge presented Manda Panda with a check for $3,700 prior to yesterday’s Stated Meeting.