First Lady


Shriners Hospitals for Children® is the official philanthropy of the Shrine of North America. Members of the fraternal organization – the Shriners – work together to support Shriners Hospitals for Children through charitable giving and volunteerism. The Board of Governors at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California is composed of Shrine leaders from seven different Shrine Temples located in regions served by our hospital: Aahmes, Al Bahr, Asiya, Ben Ali, Hillah, Kerak and Tehran. In addition to supporting the hospital through representation on the Board of Governors, each Shrine Temple organizes events and activities to raise awareness and funds to benefit the kids served by Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Listed below are First Lady Projects organized to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California.  First Lady is the official title given to the wife of the Potentate, or president, of each Shrine Temple.  For information on other events and activities organized by Shrine Temples in your region, please click on the Temple name to link to their website.

Flyer for the 2018 First Lady Project - Ben Ali Shrine Temple

Ben Ali

2018 First Lady Project — Liz Barnekoff
Therapeutic Recreation & Child Life Program

Research shows that children who are prepared for medical procedures and engage in therapeutic play experience less fear and anxiety and have better long-term adjustment to medical challenges. By supporting the Therapeutic Recreation & Child Life program, you are ensuring that kids treated at our Shriners Hospital benefit from best practices delivered by a highly-trained team on the forefront of care. Your contributions will support innovative projects and activities and nurture further development of the program through continuing education. Ultimately, your contribution will lead to positive outcomes for patients and families.

Proceeds from the First Lady Shrine jewelry support this important project. Outright gifts designated for this project also are welcome.

Downloadable pdf: Therapeutic Recreation and Child Life Program

To make a donation, please contact:
Liz Barnekoff at (916) 834-4673 or via email

"Magic Under the Stars" flyer

Magic Under the Stars

Perched above Sacramento on the threshold to the foothills, Serrano County Club is the ideal setting for Ben Ali Shriners’ Magic Under the Stars. Hosted by the 2018 First Lady for Ben Ali Shriners, Liz Barnekoff, this evening of wonder and entertainment  benefits the Therapeutic Recreation and Child Life Program at the hospital. Guests will be treated to a sit down dinner, passed appetizers, entertainment, and other surprises. To learn more, please watch this video.

Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Serrano Country Club
Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tickets: This event is for 21-years-old and over. Purchase your tickets here.

Flyer for the 2018 First Lady Project - Kerak Shrine Temple


2018 First Lady Project — Karen Pabón
Cerebral Palsy Center of Excellence

First Lady Karen Pabon was motivated to raise money for the Cerebral Palsy Center of Excellence by a patient benefiting from care at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California. By supporting the Center, you are supporting the growth and development of Northern California’s largest and most-comprehensive cerebral palsy program. Contributions will help the hospital welcome each new patient by providing support for enhancements to the motion analysis center and education materials for families. Most of all, your contributions will help ensure that children born with cerebral palsy have access to the compassionate and complex care that is the hallmark of Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Downloadable pdf: Cerebral Palsy Center for Excellence

To make a donation, please contact:
Karen Pabón at (775) 856-3330 or via email at

Flyer for the 2018 First Lady Project - Tehran Shriners


2018 First Lady Project – Sandra Dawson
Burn Prevention Program

Lady Sandra Dawson felt compelled to support the hospital’s burn prevention program, observing that there is always more to be done when educating young people about the benefits of fire safety. Every year, countless children come to Shriners Hospital for Children with acute burns that may have been prevented through skill building and education. By supporting First Lady Sandra Dawson’s project, you are providing fundingthat will allow the hospital to deliver prevention education programs and raise awareness in communities throughout Northern California.Those supporting the project with a gift of $25 or more will receive an engraved star as an additional thank you from the First Lady.

Downloadable pdf: Shriners First Lady Burn Prevention

To make a donation, please contact:
Sandra Dawson at

Questions: Please contact Joseph Ramos at (916) 453-2018 or