Miami Council 1726 hosted its annual respect life dinner to ensure the continued employment of a sonogram technician to operate the sonogram machine at the Sunset Respect Life Pregnancy Center. Through tickets sales for the dinner — along with pre- and post-event donations, corporate and private sponsorships and a silent auction — the event raised $16,000. The council also hosted a fraternal lasagna dinner to celebrate the council's 100th anniversary and the 100th birthday of member John Marinello. Proceeds from the dinner will be used to help rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral in Haiti. Since learning about plans to rebuild the church, the council has raised $5,000 in support of the effort.
St. Paul Council 1895 in Daytona Beach, Prince of Peace Council 8791 in Ormond Beach and Archbishop Michael J. Curley Assembly donated $2,000 in support of an orphanage in Uganda for children whose parents have died from AIDS-related illnesses. Knights also donated a traveling Mass kit and Roman Missal to Father Charles Nabwana, who founded the orphanage.
Santa Maria Council 4999 in West Palm Beach donated $5,000 to St. Clare School to assist with scholarships for low-income students.
St. Joseph Council 7408 in Palm Bay sponsored its second annual Gene Calagy Fundraiser to support a local young boy undergoing treatment at the Space Coast Early Intervention Center, a preschool learning center for children with disabilities. All the proceeds from the fundraiser were applied to the boy's tuition.
Our Lady of Lourdes Council 9924 in Venice painted the exterior of the rectory at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Moore Haven. Since the church is about 100 miles away from Venice, Knights had to make several trips to complete the job.
San Marcelino Champagnat Council 10055 and Marcelino Champagnat Circle 3877, both in Miami, hosted a pro-life march along Highway U.S. 1 in Miami on Respect Life Sunday, Oct. 7. Other youth organizations joined the Knights and Squires in their pro-life witness.