The Historic Prince Hall Shriners, officially known as Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles Mystic Shrine of North and South America and Its Jurisdictions, Inc. (AEAONMS), are set to meet for their annual convention in St. Louis, Mo., from Aug. 12 through 18, 2022.
Noble John T. Chapman, the 44th Imperial Potentate and Daughter Paulette Brown, the 49th Imperial Commandress of the Imperial Court, lead the benevolent, charitable, and fraternal organizations that have served communities worldwide for more than 125 years. The convention promises to substantially boost the economies of St. Louis and the Metro region as attendees access area hotels, local restaurants, shops, and scheduled events.
The organization will kick off the festivities with “AEAONMS Day at the Park,” with Imperial Potentate John T. Chapman throwing out the first pitch at the Cardinals vs. Brewers game at Busch Stadium on Friday, Aug. 12.
On Saturday, Aug. 13, the Prince Hall Shriners’ National Community Health Initiative (NCHI) presents the 13th Annual Oliver and Martha Washington Memorial Community Health Walk. The walk will begin at 9 a.m. at Harris-Stowe State University, 3026 Laclede Ave. Proceeds from the walk will benefit the NCHI for distribution to health organizations including the American Diabetes Association and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since 2008, the Prince Hall Shriners have donated more than $1 million to the ADA for education and research in underserved communities.
Private meetings, workshops, fashion shows, and luncheons are all on the agenda, however, the Shriners have also reserved time to give back to the community. AEAONMS will be gifting Harris-Stowe State University and Lincoln University a combined total of $50,000, and the Imperial Clown units will visit the Annie Malone Home for Children (2612 Annie Malone Dr.) and the Missouri Veterans Home (10600 Lewis and Clark Blvd.).
The Shriners Annual Parade will conclude the convention’s public festivities on Aug. 17 with clowns, mini-cars, marching units, and other surprises. And, as a part of this event, bookbags and school supplies will be donated to Lift for Life Academy and Jury Elementary School.
For more information, visit online at https://aeaonms.org/.