On September 11, 2001, America lived through a heart-wrenching event. It shook the United States to its core, even as it made heroes of ordinary men. But instead of paralyzing the nation, the tragedy of 9/11 inspired Americans to work together as few events in our history have before.
Understanding the dramatic impact on countless families, the day after 9/11, the Knights of Columbus established the “Heroes Fund” to provide immediate assistance to the families of emergency first responders who lost their lives in the rescue and recovery efforts. The fund was created with a $500,000 donation from the Supreme Council and was matched by a $500,000 donation raised by Knights of Columbus councils throughout the world.