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St. Patrick Council 7504 in Tama held a dinner at its parish that raised $300 for the South Tama County Food Pantry.

Blessed Sacrament-Msgr. Newman Flanagan Council 11038 in Sioux City hosted a benefit breakfast that raised $5,900 for Patricia Walsh, a religious education teacher at Blessed Sacrament Church who suffered a brain injury and is undergoing rehabilitation treatment in Lincoln, Neb.

Val-Co Council 11597 in Colfax hosted a dinner and silent auction that raised $1,800 for various charitable initiatives, including a mission trip to El Salvador.

St. Mary of Nazareth Council 11643 in Des Moines and St. Francis of Assisi Council 12422 in West Des Moines co-hosted a pancake breakfast to benefit Knight John Windschitl, who was battling a malignant brain tumor. Proceeds from the event were donated to the Windschitl family to help pay for medical expenses. Unfortunately, John passed away Feb. 17. At the wake, Immediate Past State Deputy Patrick O'Keefe presented John's son, Andrew, who is a seminarian for the Diocese of Des Moines, with a chalice inscribed with his father's name.

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When members of Holy Cross Council 11534 in Overland Park noticed that the flag at their parish was frayed and no longer suitable for display, they contacted U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder to inquire about the possibility of obtaining a flag that had flown over the U. S. Capitol. Rep. Yoder was not only able to acquire a flag for use by Church of the Holy Cross, but was able to get one that flew over the Capitol on the parish's feast day, Sept. 18.

In honor of the 25th anniversary of its parish, Church of the Nativity Council 11067 in Leawood donated $60,000 to Church of the Nativity to be used toward renovation projects. Funds for the donation were raised through council-sponsored events over several years, including breakfasts and fish frys. Present for the donation was Past Supreme Knight Virgil C. Dechant. The council made additional donations toward disaster relief, vocations, a young program and an orphanage, among other initiatives.

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Chisholm Council 3539 and Buhl Council 5612 donated 1,000 pounds of potatoes to the Chisholm Food Shelf as part of the councils' annual potato project. The food pantry feeds about 300 needy residents each month.

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Archbishop James Hugh Ryan Council 3019 in Omaha hosted its annual "Wild Game Feed," which the council took over in 1991 from the men's club at St. Stanislaus Church. Knights sold 650 tickets to the event, which features entrées made from wild game, as well as raffle prizes. The dinner raised $126,000, which is donated to area organizations that support children with disabilities.

For the 19th year, St. Leo the Great Council 10965 in Omaha baked Irish soda bread in the weeks leading up to St. Patrick's Day. Knights baked, wrapped and sold 1,100 loaves of bread, proceeds from which are used to support Catholic education. Since the program started, it has raised $90,000.

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Bishop Victor J. Reed Council 4026 in Oklahoma City and Father George Wagner Assembly in Midwest City co-hosted a cheese festival at the council's social hall. The event, which featured cheeses from the United States, Holland, England, Switzerland, France, Span and Italy, raised $1,100 for the scholarship fund at St. Gregory University. The council also raised $16,000 to purchase an ultrasound machine for the Eden Clinic through the Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative. Though fundraising got off to a sluggish start, the council was able to raise the necessary funds within 90 days — and with enough time to spare before the Eden Clinic opened its new facility in Midwest City.

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Bishop Lawler Assembly in Rapid City hosted a memorial service for the four chaplains who died aboard the U.S.A.T. Dorchester when it was torpedoed in 1943 during World War II. Each chaplain gave up his life preserver so that a fellow sailor could live.

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