Hospitaler's Committee Donates Automatic External Defibrillator To Boys and Girls Republic

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The Hospitaler's Committee of Detroit Commandery No.1, K.T, has donated its 7th automatic external defibrillator through the Kimberly Anne Gillary Foundation. The donation was made to the Boys and Girls Republic in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Two AEDs are pending placement, which will bring the total donations to nine AEDs with a value of more than $17,000.

On April 3 the Hospitaler's Committee of Detroit Commandery No. 1, Knights Templar, presented an automatic external defibrillator (AED) to the Boys and Girls Republic facility in Farmington Hills. The donation was made through the Kimberly Anne Gillary Foundation.

"We are pleased to present an AED to the Boys and Girls Republic, and pray that they never have to use it," said Gilbert A. Rice, president of the Hospitaler's Committee. "We commend the Gillary family for finding a way to ensure that the tragedy that befell their daughter need not happen to another high school student in the prime of their life. The Hospitaler's Committee has made several donations through the Gillary Foundation over the years, and I anticipate we will continue to do so."

Since 2001, the Hospitaler's Committee has donated more than $17,000 to the Gillary Foundation which has purchased 9 AED units installed throughout Southeastern Michigan. The schools where Hospitaler's Committee-donated AEDs are installed include:

  •     Allen Elementary School (Plymouth)
  •     Central Middle School (Plymouth)
  •     Discovery Middle School (Plymouth)
  •     West Middle School (Plymouth)
  •     Breithaupt Career Center (Detroit)
  •     Melvindale High School (Melvindale)
  •     Boys and Girls Republic (Farmington Hills )

Two AEDs are pending placement.

Sudden cardiac arrest kills more than 3000 people between the ages of 15-34 per year in the United States. The most common cause is ventricular fibrillation, which can be reversed by administering an electric shock through a defibrillator. For more information on sudden cardiac arrest, AEDs and the Kimberly Anne Gillary Foundation, visit their website at http://www.kimberlysgift.org.    

The Hospitaler's Committee is based in the Detroit Masonic Temple. The group manages a private 501(c)(3) foundation that makes contributions to qualified organizations in support of charitable, educational and religious activities throughout southeast Michigan. Four members of the committee are elected by the members of Detroit Commandery No. 1 and serve staggered four-year terms. The remaining members of the committee are the Commander, Generalissimo and Captain-General of the Detroit Commandery No. 1.

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