Hall rental part of fundraising for Shriners

       The Colorado Springs Shrine Club is not just for Shriners.

Pamela Boone shows off the stage (background) and shiny hardwood dance floor at the Colorado Springs Shrine Club.
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       “It's a beautiful club for rent,” said Pamela Boone, event coordinator for the volunteer charitable organization at 6 S. 33rd St. Unfortunately, she added, “People don't know we're here.”
       With a spacious parking lot and room for up to 250 people, the restored 101-year-old schoolhouse can be used for large or small events or gatherings - examples are weddings, receptions, meetings, craft fairs, concerts and dances with live bands or DJs, Boone pointed out. For example, coming up May 21-22 is the annual Pikes Peak Whittlers' Woodcarving Show.
       Optional amenities for renters include a kitchen and a full bar. The bartenders are Shriner volunteers, she said, and any tips they receive go to the national organization's system of hospitals in which children suffering from birth defects or disabling injuries are treated at no charge.
       Not that the 300 or so local Shriners don't make good use of the 33rd Street facility themselves. The two-acre site of the former Arensdale Elementary School has been the Colorado Springs club's home since 1948. Over the years, the group has expanded the original building to 11,500 square feet - nearly three times the school's original size. Upgrades and additions have created a large ballroom/banquet hall with hardwood dance floor and stage, offices, kitchen, upstairs restrooms and a handicapped entrance.
       The facility is used regularly for club meetings, administrative work, medical screenings (second Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon, open to any child with a disability) and planning of events (including an average of 18 parades a year).
       The local club is part of the Al Kaly temple covering southern Colorado (one of 191 temples throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Panama).
       “I love what these guys do,” Boone said.
       However, the club doesn't have activities in the building all the time, and any rental income helps free up funds for charity.
       Boone said she believes the club's rates are “extremely economical,” and she is happy to work with groups on plans that best suit their needs. “We're trying to accommodate what the client wants,” she said. “It's their day, not mine.”
       For more information, e-mail Boone at csscevents@yahoo.com or call her at 632-3881.

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