DUBUQUE, IOWA — Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Knights at Loras College put their singing voices on display.
For just two dollars, members of Loras College Council 9224 sang to any student on campus who requested it. The Knights formed two a cappella groups — The Knight Moves and The Boogie Knights. While many songs were delivered in the cafeteria, the Knights also brought music anywhere it was requested, including classrooms.
“Professors were confused at first, but they just didn’t really care,” said Charles Putbrese, the council’s grand knight.
The confusion was for a good cause. In years past, the Knights singing has supported the funding of a well in Uganda that brought clean, safe water to people who needed it. The council members will meet soon to determine what charitable cause they will support next.
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The Loras Knights’ singing also supports events like “Night with a Knight.” Annually, the Knights are “auctioned off” for a date. The next evening, they meet their date and walk them to a nearby parish hall for a candlelit dinner accompanied by violins. The food is prepared by the Knights and their chaplain. After dinner, the Knights and their dates go out for an activity like roller skating or swing dancing.
“It’s a lot of fun.” Putbrese said.
The Knights of Columbus has an active presence on nearly 150 campuses in the U.S. and Canada. The goal of college councils is to contribute to Catholic life on campus through acts of charity, social events and opportunities for faith formation.
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