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.