On Tuesday, December 1, brethren from across our 15-state jurisdiction tuned in to our annual Giving Tuesday telethon to celebrate our Scottish Rite charities - and celebrate we did! The generosity of our Brothers allowed us to raise $314,297.00, all benefitting the Scottish Rite Benevolent Foundation which supports our Grand Almoner’s Fund and the White Flower Society that is part of it, Children's Dyslexia Centers, Abbott Scholarship program, Masonic Museum & Library, and the Masonic Education Fund.

Executive Director and Host Michael Russell Opens the Event On Stage at Headquarters
Executive Director and Host Michael Russell Opens the Event On Stage at Headquarters

Our charities carry out important and inspiring work every day, but this especially challenging year brought new meaning and appreciation to the selflessness of our Brothers and staff. Executive Director Michael Russell, 32°, hosted the event, guiding our 3,100 Brothers and guests tuned in through each of our charities, sharing the stories and impact behind each, while offering lively commentary that kept us smiling the entire evening.

Executive Director Michael Russell Hosted Our Giving Tuesday Telethon
Executive Director Michael Russell Hosted Our Giving Tuesday Telethon


Joining Brother Russell was Sovereign Grand Commander David A. Glattly, 33°, who stood by our staff of volunteers who were collecting phone donations throughout the entire evening.

Sovereign Grand Commander David A. Glattly Welcomes Viewers On-Ait
Sovereign Grand Commander David A. Glattly Welcomes Viewers On-Ait


Some highlights from the telethon include:

  • A walk with Children’s Dyslexia Centers’ (CDC) Director of Operations Dave Sharkis, 33° and Seacoast Learning Center Director Brenda Peters to discuss the history of CDC and what’s in store for the future
Brother and Host Michael Russell Tours the Masonic Museum with Brother Richard Elliot, Executive Director of the Masonic Museum & Library
Brother and Host Michael Russell Tours the Masonic Museum with Brother Richard Elliot, Executive Director of the Masonic Museum & Library
  • A walk with Brother Rich Elliot, 33°, the new Executive Director of Scottish Rite’s Masonic Museum & Library, to view the newest Museum exhibition and learn more about Brother Elliot’s goals for continuing to preserve Masonic history

  • A walk down memory lane with Brother Michael Russell, 32°, and Sovereign Grand Commander David A. Glattly, 33°, who discussed some of their most memorable stories from our charities - including the time Commander Glattly helped a Brother rebuild his home after Hurricane Sandy with the Grand Almoner’s Fund.
  • Brother Russell interviewed our own Grand Almoner, Brother Pete Samiec, 33°, who shared the joy and incredible impact your contributions bring to Brothers in need that request assistance through the Grand Almoner’s Fund.

    Brother Michael Russell and Lady Monica Chat about the White Flower Society at Her Home in Lexington, MA
    Brother Michael Russell and Lady Monica Chat about the White Flower Society at Her Home in Lexington, MA
  • Additionally, Brother Russell sat down with First Lady Monica Glattly at her home in Lexington, MA to speak on the White Flower Society, Lady Monica’s creation that reminds our brethren’s widows that we are all one family.
  • Inspiring videos of why our donors give


Staff at Supreme Council Collect Donations Over the Phone
Staff at Supreme Council Collect Donations Over the Phone


All the while, volunteer staff and members of Supreme Council stayed busy by the computer and phones, tallying the hundreds of donations that rolled in throughout the evening. Online, Brothers shared their excitement and enthusiasm for our charities in our livestream chat!

Commander Glattly and Lady Monica Close Out the Evening by Celebrating Our Success in Raising Above and Beyond Our Fundraising Goal!
Commander Glattly and Lady Monica Close Out the Evening by Celebrating Our Success in Raising Above and Beyond Our Fundraising Goal!


At the conclusion of our annual Giving Tuesday telethon, we celebrated meeting and exceeding our goal by raising $314,297 together LIVE! While our celebrations were different this year, the impact these funds will have on Brothers in need remains unchanged.

Thank you to all who participated in this year’s Giving Tuesday telethon. Whether you donated or simply joined us live, your support has not gone unnoticed. The Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction is a fraternity that lives up to our Masonic obligation to care for our members because of generous and thoughtful brethren like you.


If you missed this year’s telethon, you can hear all of our inspiring stories by watching the replay below.