St. Catherine of Siena Assembly in Orange Park held a Blue Mass honoring police, fire and emergency medical personnel. The Mass was especially somber because a local police officer had been shot and killed during a drug raid three days earlier. Following Mass, all those in attendance were treated to a free breakfast prepared by Orange Park Council 7399.
Bishop Charles B. McLaughlin Assembly in Brandon donated 25 wheelchairs to the James A. Haley VA Hospital through the Global Wheelchair Mission. McLaughlin Assembly, along with Msgr. Charles L. Elslander Assembly in Sarasota, provided an honor guard for the presentation, which featured a talk by Cindy Schwarzkopf, the daughter of Gen. Herbert N. Schwarzkopf.
Msgr. John M. McCall Council 4892 in Largo donated $622 to ARC of Pinellas County and $934 to Morning Star School, which serves children with special needs. Both donations were funded through the council's annual drive for people with intellectual disabilities.
Martin Council 6241 in Stuart provides manpower and use of its facilities in assisting World War II veterans visit Washington, D.C. as part of the Honor Flight program. Knights serve breakfast at 5 a.m. for veterans taking part in the excursions and are present at each sendoff. The council also hosts fundraisers to support the program financially.
Milton Council 7027 held its annual "Smokin' in the Square" barbecue competition, which saw professional teams from all over the country converge on Pensacola to compete for cash prizes and bragging rights. In addition to plenty of food, the event featured local vendors and artisans, as well as information booths for area organizations. Proceeds from the competition were donated to several charities, including Covenant Hospice and Manna, an organization that provides food to the needy.
Barney Gonyea Council 7109 in Safety Harbor hosted a clergy appreciation St. Patrick's Day dinner-dance for 285 guests, including eight priests and religious. Each clergy member received a personal gift from the Knights. The council also made a number of donations at the event, including $1,000 to the Kimberly Pregnancy Center and $2,000 worth of baby supplies. The council also hosted a pancake breakfast for 250 parishioners in honor of Founder's Day.
St. Michael the Archangel Council 8589 in Tampa provided support at the Mass of elevation in which its parish was named a minor basilica. Fourth Degree Knights from three area assemblies provided an honor guard for the Mass, which was celebrated by Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami and Archbishop Emeritus John C. Favalora.
Members of Mother Cabrini Council 12155 and Father Patrick Farrell Assembly, both in Parrish, marched in the Parish Heritage Day Parade March 11.
Fray Escoba Council 12424 in Leisure City sponsored a visit by one of the Order's traveling icons of Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Martin de Porres Church. Blessed Carlos M. Rodriguez Santiago Assembly provided an honor guard for the visit.
St. Paul the First Hermit Council 14222 in Summerfield held a drive that netted 33,766 diapers, 65,000 baby wipes and more than $2,100 for the Alpha Center for Women in Ocala.
St. Augustine of Hippo Council 15266 in Casselberry hosted a golf tournament that raised $3,700 for Mary's Place, a pregnancy resource center. The proceeds were presented at the council's first Lenten fish fry.
St. Thomas Aquinas Council 15357 in St. Cloud hosted a baby bottle drive that netted $7,400 for parishioners and the community. The funds were donated to the JMJ Life Center.