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Bishop Becker Council 2427 in Elkton hosted a spaghetti dinner/sing-along fundraiser to benefit council member Ed Banas and his family. Banas has experienced several medical problems over the past few years, requiring a number of hospital stays. With support from parishioners at Immaculate Conception Church and St. Jude Church, the event netted more than $4,600.

James C. Fletcher Council 11422 in Largo hosted a financial planning seminar on retirement planning that was open to the public. The council's Knights of Columbus Insurance agent delivered the event's keynote presentation.

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Pope John XXIII Assembly in Cliffside Park provided an honor guard for the installation Mass of Father Ken Evans as the pastor of Epiphany Church.

For three weeks in September and October, South Plainfield Council 6203 sold potted mums at the South Plainfield Rescue Squad. The sales generated $3,000 for the council's charitable fund.

St. Therese Council 6320 in Kenvil hosted its annual golf outing at the Crystal Springs Country Club in Sussex County. The event raised more than $3,000 for the council's charitable fund.

East Hanover Council 6504 joined the Italian Police and the Italian-American Club to celebrate Columbus Day at St. Rose of Lima Church. The three groups also marched in the town's Columbus Day parade.

Deacon Joseph Beebe and Father James Dabrowski look on as a young parishioner rings the new bell that was donated to St. Simon Stock Church by Archangel Council 7429 in Berlin. St. Simon Parish was established in 2009 after two local parishes were forced to merge. In 2011, Knights transported the 250-pound bell from one of the old churches and worked over the next two years to raise $4,500 to construct a new bell tower at St. Simon.

Tabernacle Council 8733 prepared a spaghetti dinner for parishioners following Mass on Sept. 29. The dinner raised $1,250 for the council's charitable fund.

Members of Mary Immaculate Council 12769 in Secaucus participated in the Alzheimer's Walk at Liberty State Park. Knights walked in the event, helping to raise more than $1,600, and distributed water and bagels to those in attendance. The council also joined with pro-life groups at two area parishes to host a prayer service on Respect Life Sunday.

The St. Lawrence Round Table in Weehawken, sponsored by Mary Immaculate Council 12769 in Secaucus, began preparing for the 125th anniversary of its parish by scraping and sanding part of the church fence.

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The Knights of Columbus Queens County Conference hosted a charitable softball game and barbecue Sept. 22 in Astoria. The event raised $19,000 for St. Mary's Children's Hospital and Special Olympics.

Auburn Council 207 raised nearly $50,000 to undertake a project called "Operation Gratitude," in which council members escorted World War II and Korean War veterans on an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Knights shepherded 55 veterans to the nation's capital to visit the memorials erected in their honor.

St. Joseph Council 443 in New York raised more than $1,000 to help 200 young people attend the SAKALA Peace Camp in Cite Soleil, Haiti, a collaborative project between Pax Christi USA and Pax Christi Port-au-Prince. The camp allows Haitian children the opportunity to participate in programs and community outreach while distancing themselves from the violence that sometimes characterizes their poor communities. Knights also hosted an ice cream social at their parish, raising $500 in goodwill donations for the council's charitable fund.

Father John Kwon, who was supported by Our Lady of Perpetual Help Council 794 in Lindenhurst during his time as a seminarian, returned to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Sept. 23 to celebrate Mass for the council. Council 794 has supported seminarians through the Refund Support Vocations Program for the past four years.

Wappingers Falls Council 1646 organized an anti-bullying day at St. Mary School for children in grades K through 8. Students viewed videos, took part in discussions and skits, and participated in an anti-bullying poster contest. Students also signed a banner and took a pledge not to engage in bullying behavior.

Father John E. Dignan Council 3271 in Corinth cleaned its adopted stretch of highway along Route 10 in Saratoga County. Knights clean debris and garbage from the road twice each year.

Holy Mother Mary Council 3958 in Smithtown hosted its annual outdoor Mass at Sherbert's Beach Sept. 16 for parishioners from St. Patrick Church. Following Mass, Knights hosted a barbecue for all those in attendance.

St. Anastasia Council 5911 in Little Neck held its annual fund drive for people with intellectual disabilities following Sunday Mass at the council's parish. Proceeds from the fund drive will benefit St. Mary's Children's Hospital and Special Olympics.

St. Francis Regis Council 7321 in St. Regis Falls and Our Lady of Victory Assembly in Malone co-sponsored a pancake breakfast fundraiser in honor of deceased Fourth Degree Knights. The event generated $440, which was donated to St. Ann Church to undertake projects in honor of deceased Knights.

St. Pius X Council 11168 in Getzville erected a pro-life cross display at its parish.

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Fifteen councils from in and around West Chester raised $14,000 to purchase a new ultrasound machine for Chester County Women's Services through the Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative.

Grand Knight Christian Weiser of King's College Council 5966 in Wilkes-Barre reads from a World Day of Prayer for Peace prayer card during a council-sponsored vigil to commemorate the 11th anniversary of 9/11. Knights worked with the college's Campus Ministry to bring students together to pray for peace.

King's College Council 5966 in Wilkes-Barre volunteered at a charity walk to benefit the National Alzheimer's Foundation. Knights ran a basket raffle, aided with the registration process for walkers and distributed flowers to those who participated.

St. Patrick Cathedral Council 11008 in Harrisburg records a bi-monthly radio program called "Knight Talk" that is broadcast on Holy Family Catholic Radio out of Shiremanstown. The show is hosted by council officers and provides updates on the activities of Knights in eight counties; the joys of Knighthood; and the impact made by Knights of Columbus in central Pennsylvania and elsewhere.

For the second time this year, St. Mary Magdalen Council 14982 in Media prepared a full turkey dinner for residents at Connelly House, a residence facility for men overcoming dependence issues and looking to reenter the work force.

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