Ali Hale, 2018 Celebrating the Craft Co-host
W hen I was asked to participate in CTC this year, I was a little
reticent. Not only did the event sit in the
middle of my college graduation festivities,
but also, and perhaps more importantly, I
had never done anything remotely like a
webathon. But, I agreed nonetheless and
forged forward, and boy,
was I glad that I did! CTC
was a whirlwind event
that raised over $1 million for the worthy causes
of the Scottish Rite and
showed me firsthand how
incredibly generous and
dedicated Free Masons
are to their fellow brethren and to advancing the human condition.
While this observation is remarkable,
it is not surprising. When I was a little
girl, I was fortunate enough to watch
my grandfather—a member of many
blue lodges, a 33° Scottish Rite Mason,
and a Shriner—live an exemplary life of
service. Of course, his life lived squarely was a reflection of his character, but
the outpouring of support during CTC
demonstrated that fraternal magnanimity is the lifeblood of Freemasonry.
I am eternally grateful for the confidence placed in me by Grand Commander
Ronnie Seale, who told me that I could
tackle this role. However, my co-hosts,
Rusty Garrett and Maynard Edwards, both
veteran CTC participants, insured that
this newbie knew what to do and how to
do it and frankly, lifted my performance
throughout the evening.
I even had the generous
participation of some of
the phone-bank volunteers, who agreed, albeit
reluctantly, to be interviewed throughout the
evening. It truly was a fun-filled event that highlighted exactly why I am so excited to be the
newest member of the Scottish Rite family.
When I was an intern at the House of the
Temple, I always stopped at the top of the
grand staircase where Brother Albert Pike’s
famous words are etched: “What we have
done for ourselves alone dies with us; what
we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” I thought of these
words many times over the course of CTC,
because everyone’s generous spirit and big-hearted donations will impact so many lives
and will be truly immortal.
CTC from a Host’s
The Ties Have It
Elizabeth A. W. McCarthy, Creative
Director & Social Media Manager
T here’s nothing wrong with a little friendly, fraternal competition—all in the name
charity, of course.
It has become an annual tradition
during Celebrating the Craft (CTC) for
at least two of our Twitter followers to
launch into a friendly bidding war over
who ultimately will own the bowtie the
Sovereign Grand Commander wears
This year, however, Scottish Rite
members stepped up their game,
ultimately claiming the stylish neck wear
of not only the Grand Commander, but
also the Lieutenant Grand Commander!
They also placed bids to have Ill. Ronald
A. Seale, 33°, trade in his customary
bowtie for a long necktie—which he
ultimately did—for the first time in
This year’s opening salvo came from Ill.
Micah Evans, 33°, who threw down the
gauntlet early with a $250 pledge for Mr.
Seale’s tie—more than 6½ hours before
CTC even began!
Micah Evans @mevans0424
Sadly we will be concluding our
It truly was a fun-filled
event that highlighted
exactly why I am so
excited to be the newest
member of the Scottish