Bellingham Council 829 presented a $1,000 scholarship to Alice and Sam Brulotte, the children of council member Robert Brulotte. The presentation was made in memory of the Brulottes' 2-year-old daughter, Anna, who was killed crossing a street next to Assumption Catholic School in Bellingham. The annual scholarship will help pay for Alex and Sam's tuition until they graduate, after which it will be given to other deserving students.
Father Nicholas Rausch Council 1643 in Olympia held its annual auction for vocations, this year adopting a Western theme. Attendees were invited to wear Western garb to the event and dined on salsa ranch salad, corned bread and barbecue beef brisket. The live and silent auctions featured a number of items that ranged from services to furniture to jewelry and raised $27,000 to support the formation of priests, deacons and religious.
On Respect Life Sunday Oct. 2, Father Thomas Lane Council 3645 in Renton hosted 90 minutes of silent prayer in protest of an abortion facility that is located near St. Anthony Church. Knights and volunteers lined the sidewalks to pray the rosary and other prayers.
St. Thomas More Council 11134 in Spokane owns a portable dance floor that it rents out for weddings, receptions and other special events. The floor, comprised of interconnecting wood tiles, can be easily assembled, disassembled and cleaned at will. So far, the rentals have generated more than $2,000, which is distributed among area shelters, hospices and food banks. The council also raised about $2,900 for Special Olympics and for Spokane Guilds' School and Neuromuscular Center during the council's annual fund drive for people with intellectual disabilities.