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Divan Ladies of Syria Shrine Center Present “A Night at the Races”


Divan Ladies of Syria Shrine Center Present:
“A Night at the Races”

“Night at the Races,” also known as video horse racing, is fast becoming one of the most popular entertainment options. A Night at the Races is an audience-participation event where actual, recorded horse races are shown to the audience to recreate the atmosphere of being at the race track. Wagers are placed, and winners are not shy when their horse comes in!

Admission is $20 at the door. For $35.00 you can become a “Horse Owner” or “Jockey” (name a horse/be a jockey, price includes admission) Winning horse owners/jockeys earn $50.00.

There will be 10 sponsored races and a final auction race. Wagering is $2.00 per horse per race.

* Registrations are due by September 29th! *

This is the first edition of our “Night at the Races” event and it is expected to soon become an annual occurrence presented by the Divan Ladies of Syria Shrine Center.

This event is for anybody interested in a fun evening out to help support our fundraising endeavor and of course Syria’s membership.

“It’s a fun evening for people to get together with drinks, guaranteed great hors d'oeuvres, a delicious buffet and dessert plus horse racing action all in a fun evening with friends to help raise funds for the Syria Shriners,” says organizer and Divan Lady Linda Branthoover.

Linda was the visionary behind adding “Night at the Races” to our busy schedule of great annual events at the Shrine. When her husband and current Potentate Bill Branthoover was president of Caravan 18, Linda oversaw their Night at the Races event for three years. “They are fun events. Everyone seems to have a really good time,” Linda said.

By September 29th owners/jockeys remit registration receipt 
along with your check payable to: 


Divan Ladies of Syria Shrine Center 
Linda Branthoover 
101 Mildred Street
Beaver Falls, PA 15010 


(For more info call Linda at: 724-847-4730 (H) 724-581-7052 (C)

Exciting things to expect:

In addition to the racing, there will be a 50/50 raffle and a Chinese auction.  Linda says that there are surprises in store including a special chance to win big. “The Trifecta race will be a really neat twist. It’s based on 3 races with a $500 award going to the winner.”

Price of admission includes food and refreshments!

Night at the Races attendees receive hors d'oeuvres, a fantastic hot buffet meal and desserts included with their ticket price. Beer and beverages, too!

Don’t miss our very first “Night at the Races” because...

Take it from Linda, “They are just so much fun. We can guarantee a great meal and a fun evening with friends. Our main goal is to promote having a fun time while supporting our Syria Shriners and through them, our Shriners Hospitals for Children.”

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Syria Shriners Present Rocktoberfest 2018

Grab your stein, Pittsburgh, and head to the Shrine as The Syria Shriners present "Rocktoberfest" on Sunday, September 23rd, 2018!
-GATES OPEN AT 1:30PM-

Rocktoberfest presents the season’s best value with an all-inclusive ticket for only $25.00. You will not find the same traditional food, exciting entertainment and Oktoberfest beer for that price anywhere else in Pittsburgh! Ach, du Lieber!

Since 1996, this is the best party that Syria Shriners have each year. Event Co-chairmen Bob Addleman and Dave Gardy are long-time fans of Oktoberfest celebrations.

“Oh, I am,” says Bob Addleman. As a member of “The Barons,” he has played at hundreds of Oktoberfests since 1987.

“I certainly am,” said Dave Gardy. “I’ll be wearing my lederhosen and my wife will be in her dirndl. Our event has always been a Pittsburgh celebration of what a traditional Oktoberfest would be like in Germany itself. We’ll have dancers, German-style beers and a good German meal to cap it off.”

Come One, Come All to Rocktoberfest!

This event is open to the public! We really hope to welcome families and festival-goers with an interest in traditional activities. Rocktoberfest offers a more current approach to the event, though, at least from a musical perspective. It is more like what is played in the fest tents in Munich, combining traditional and modern music from Germany. Austria, and the USA. We truly hope all of Western PA, German or not, will come out and enjoy a great meal, lively music and take part in all the fun we have planned.

“Really, this an event for everybody, very family friendly. We don’t wish to give the impression that our Oktoberfest is only a beer blast. We offer a 1-price ticket with sumptuous buffet, a day’s worth of entertainment and beer and beverages. It really is a tremendous amount of value,” Bob said.

Traditional Oktoberfest Food & Drink

Our Oktoberfest buffet will surely satisfy the heartiest of appetites on September 23rd. “We are aiming to serve all the old Oktoberfest favorites,” Dave said. “Pork, veal and beef sausages, traditional German potato pancakes, good krauts and some additional surprises yet to discover.”

Entertainment & Performances

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We’ll display traditional & modern German and American music featuring Pittsburgh's Premier Oktoberfest band.. THE BARONS! Co-chairman Bob Addleman is a member of The Barons. They’ll begin playing at 2:00pm and will continue playing throughout the event. A very special German Folk Dance performance by Alpen Schuhplattler und Trachten Verein will start at 4:00pm.

“It’s the best time to be had in Pittsburgh on that date,” Bob says. “The band is good, and they know how to work these kinds of events. “

Games & Fun

Rocktoberfest will also play host to plenty of Bavarian festival fun and games. We’ll have activities for guests to compete and test their skills. There’ll be a ‘most decorative stein’ contest, a nail driving contest, log splitting contest, a grape stomping contest, and to keep liabilities low, a chicken chucking contest (rubber chickens, of course) will take the place of an axe throwing exhibition.

Why we do it

Shriner’s International has long served a Noble purpose of supporting our hospital network, while providing activities for its members, and often hosting events open to the public, too. “Syria Shriners is a group of fun loving guys from throughout 11 Southwestern Pennsylvania counties,” Bob says. “We come together to have fun for a purpose. Our organization supports a network of 22 pediatric specially hospitals throughout North America.”

*Reservations are REQUIRED by September 14th.
There will be NO TICKETS AT THE GATE.
(will-call desk at the gate for pre-sold tickets only)

For more information contact the Syria Shrine office at
724-274-7000


*Proceeds benefit Syria Shriners - Admission price is not tax-deductible.

Grand Opening! Shriners Antique & Crafters Flea Market

The Shriners Antique & Crafters Flea Market kicks off THIS SUNDAY MAY 27th and continues every last Sunday of the month through October. It is a Fundraiser for the Pittsburgh Syria Shriners Temple and for the Units, Clubs and Caravans that help and participate. We’re looking for visitors, crafters and flea marketers of all types. Stalls are $25 a month for a 24” x 20” booth area. The Market runs rain or shine, hopefully it shines!

2018 Dates:

  • May 27
  • June 24
  • July 29
  • Aug. 26
  • Sept. 30
  • Oct. 28
  • The Shriners Antique & Crafters Flea Market is the creation of Flea Market Chairman and Syria Shriner Dennis Conrad.

    What You'll Discover at our Flea Market

    “Our event is for anybody who gets a kick out of flea markets. We’re hoping to serve people who are looking for unique historical items, crafts, tools, paintings, we’ll have people who make jewelry, another person will have Swarovski crystal. Basically, it’s for people who are looking to buy or sell items at a bargain. Sometimes you find what you’re looking for and sometimes not. This is more than a craft show. People are bringing someone else’s treasure.”

    For vendor inquiries, please contact Peg McKillop at 724-274-7000 or email Peg at mmckillop(at)syriashriners.org

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    Dennis says another popular item is collectible die-cast cars. Dennis himself is a collector of Texaco die-cast cars and trucks. He visits the Fleatiques at Tour Ed Mine and Museum in Tarentum almost every month. “My wife likes flea markets. She collects depression glass,” Dennis said. His daughter collects china.

    Vendors and visitors will find they’re set up on asphalt, no fields or lawns. There is ample parking, and indoor restrooms (as opposed to no facilities!)

    The Shrine Clowns will be attending to entertain the kids. “We're trying to make it a destination place,” Dennis said.

    Expectations of Flea Market's Growth

    “We would like to regularly see 200 vendors and grow it as big as any of the locally large flea markets in the area. Our goal is to establish this as a continuous fundraiser for the Syria Temple.”

    The Shriners in Pittsburgh have long held antiques and craft shows at both the old Syria Mosque in Oakland and the new Pittsburgh Shrine Center in Cheswick. The old will soon feel new again in more ways than one!

    Dennis was quick to mention the great help that he has received in his effort to reestablish the Shrine as a go-to destination for flea market fans. “Joe Micikas and John Handshue have been very helpful, and of course Peg McKillop has been very helpful. There are many that are working hard to help make this event come together,” he said.

    Supporting the Shriners Supports Shriners Hospitals

    Dennis hopes that you’ll stop by to browse or reserve a booth to sell your wares in support of the Syria Shrine, and by doing so, help us support the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.

    “The focus is on helping the Temple, and the Temple supports the hospital system,” Dennis said. “That is why we exist. We persevere to keep our hospitals open and make sure that children get the best possible care they can get. The fact is that we take care of any child in need. People must realize the most well-kept secret is that our hospitals are out there helping kids, and that is why is we support them."

    So come on out this Sunday and every last Sunday through October and give us a look! We’re putting our best foot forward and were open to suggestions. Please let us know how we can improve our event to suit you. The plan is to ask each vendor every Sunday what they think of the event and collect feedback on ways to make this the best flea market it can be.

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    Bullseye! You Can’t Miss The 2018 Syria Shrine Sportsman’s Bash

    2018 Syria Shrine Sportsman's Bash Winning Numbers

    Outdoorsmen and sportsmen of all kinds, put up your tailgates and hose off your duck boots because our yearly pavilion party is almost here. The Syria Shrine Sportsman’s Bash returns once again to the Pittsburgh Shrine Center this June 16th, 2018 from 12pm-5pm.

    FOR TICKETS CONTACT: Cab Whitaker (412) 605-4485 - Make Checks payable to: “Syria Shriners”

    Guns & Fun

    Sponsored by the straight shooters of the Syria Gun Club, this 'Saturday Afternoon Special' is one of the Syria Shriner’s most popular annual fundraising events. There’ll be plenty of fun and guns again this year under the pavilion.

    Celebrate Father's Day

    Bring your father and bring your son to kick off Father's Day Weekend! The crowd will be buzzing with excitement as each number is read. Food, Beer and Refreshments are included. Bring your appetites as well!

    Ticket Donation Pre-sale: $30.00 / At Gate: $35.00 (while supplies last). Doors open at 11:00 A.M. Free parking, beautiful June weather and non-stop excitement!

    Incredible Prizes

    Over 100 hundred chances to win amazing prizes including cash and firearms. 1 gun will be given away every 10 minutes. Don’t miss the table raffles, gun tables and our many Units, Clubs and Caravans who are sponsoring their own prizes.

    The 2018 prizes include:

    •  12:00 $500 Cash
    •  12:10 Ruger American 30-06
    •  12:20 Smith & Wesson SD40VE .40 S&W
    •  12:30 Smith & Wesson Sport II AR-15
    •  12:40 Springfield Armory XDS 45 ACP
    •  12:50 Kimber Micro 380 SS
    •  1:00 $500 Cash
    •  1:10 Mossberg 20 Gauge Youth Combo
    •  1:20 Walther CCP 9mm
    •  1:30 Marlin 1894 44 Magnum
    •  1:40 Henry Golden Boy 22 Magnum
    •  1:50 Taurus Judge 45/410
    •  2:00 $1,000 Cash
    •  2:10 Glock 42 380 ACP
    •  2:20 Mossberg 500 410 Gauge
    •  2:30 Thompson Center Compass 6.5 Creedmoor
    •  2:40 Tristar 12 Gauge Over/Under
    •  2:50 Smith & Wesson Shield 45 ACP
    •  3:00 $1,000 Cash
    •  3:10 Rock Island Armory 1911 45 ACP
    •  3:20 Remington 870 Express 12 Gauge
    •  3:30 Ruger LCP 380
    •  3:40 Savage 93 17HMR Composite
    •  3:50 Savage 93 22 Mag. Composite
    •  4:00 $500 Cash
    •  4:10 North American Arms Mini 22 Mag
    •  4:20 Kimber Ultra Carry 45 ACP
    •  4:30 Springfield XDS 40 S&W
    •  4:40 Smith & Wesson BG380 w/ Laser
    •  4:50 Thompson Center Compass 338 Mag
    •  5:00PM Grand Prize - $10,000

    ALL SOLD TCKETS MUST BE TURNED IN BY 12:00 P.M. JUNE 16, 2018 TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN

    3 Numbers Per Ticket - 3,333 Tickets Sold.

    Guns Provided By Sportsman Supply Co. 724-287-4294 - Coor’s Sponsored Event.

    All Unsold Tickets Become the Property of Syria Shriners.

    Must have Ticket to Enter Sportsman’s Bash – Winners need not be present.

    FOR TICKETS CONTACT: Cab Whitaker (412) 605-4485 - Make Checks payable to: “Syria Shriners”

    Prizes void after 30 days. Not responsible for typographical errors. Continuous Raffles all day long include Table Raffles, Gun tables, 50/50, etc. *All proceeds benefit the Pittsburgh Syria Shriners and are not tax-deductible as a charitable contribution.