- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Shriners International has announced plans to host its 2020 national convention in Kansas City.

Officials with the Shriners and Kansas City announced the convention plans Thursday. The event is scheduled for July 5-9, 2020, and is expected to bring about 20,000 Shriners to the city.

The Shriners, a nonprofit organization known for its ongoing philanthropy for Shriners Hospitals for Children, has not held its convention in Kansas City since 1976.

The Kansas City Star reports (https://bit.ly/1OfOj1V) Jeff Sowder, a Kansan who is Imperial Potentate of the Shriners International, attributed the decision to the city’s plans to build an 800-room Hyatt hotel east of the Bartle Hall convention center’s Grand Ballroom.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com

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