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Jacksonville Ali Temple holding annual charity ball this weekend

Members of the Ali Temple.

Jacksonville’s Shriner temple, founded four years ago, will hold its annual charity ball event this weekend.

Ali Temple was founded on January 13, 2018, under the leadership of Jeff Barrett, the Temple’s first illustrious potentate, or leader. Honorary Past Potentate James Smiley said the temple came to be due to many members driving over 40 miles to attend Shriner meetings at Arabian Temple #42 in New Bern, leading to the need for a Jacksonville Temple.

Smiley said Ali Temple currently has a membership of about 57.

“But we’re still growing, and I’m quite sure we will grow much larger than that,” Smiley said. “I think COVID slowed us down a lot, because we couldn’t do the things we normally do, but we still worked in the community.”

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Working in the community is a big part of what the Temple does, and Ali Temple was even awarded the Temple of the Year award for the Desert (state) of North Carolina, after only being in existence for one year. The award is given to the most active temple, with community service and volunteerism being the most important factors.