OKLAHOMA CITY — The Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star presented the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation with a pair of checks totaling $40,770 at its annual conference in Guthrie In late October.

The donation continues Eastern Star’s long history of generosity to OMRF, with gifts totaling $382,424 since it designated OMRF as its charitable beneficiary in 2002.

Previous gifts have funded research on cancer, lupus, heart disease, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s. This year, Eastern Star officials designated $10,770 for neurological research. The remainder will be used to support research in cystic fibrosis and childhood diseases at the Oklahoma City-based nonprofit research institute.

The Eastern Star has approximately 8,000 members and more than 80 chapters in Oklahoma, including groups in: Bartlesville, Blanchard, Broken Arrow, Clinton, Enid, Guthrie, Hennessey, Lawton, McAlester, Muskogee and Woodward.

Eastern Star members support OMRF through individual donations made at chapter meetings and activities statewide, like golf tournaments, luncheons, auctions and marches, plus various donations made in memory of loved ones.

The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest fraternal organization in the world to which both men and women may belong and is dedicated to furthering charity, education, fraternity and science.

The donation was presented at the Scottish Rite Masonic Temple in Guthrie.

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