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Creative Fundraisers

By Tom Glave 1-year Trustee, Council 10861

Vol. 4, 2016-2017

Special Olympics

Special Olympics

SK Mike Sykowski and Past Grand Knight Mike Raspet of Council 10861 present a check to Rose Stewart from Special Olympics Region 6.

Wine Box

Wine Box

Members of the Wine Tasting Committee box up the to-go boxes for Council 10861’s fundraiser.

Knights of Columbus Council 10861 of St. Ignatius Loyola in Spring continued its tradition of charitable giving despite the difficulties of the pandemic year. The Council gave more than $25,000 to parish and community causes during the Fraternal Year of 2020-21.

The Council supported four men from the parish studying at seminary and gave $3,000 in the Danny Barrera Memorial Scholarship to high school seniors from the parish. The Knights also supported three Eagle Scout projects from local Scouts BSA Troop 1324 with $1,400. Council 10861 gave $10,000 to St. Ignatius for its loan redemption campaign and finished the year giving $12,000 to local charities, including Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Guadalupe Radio Network, Hope Center, Casa Juan Diego, KofC Global Wheelchair Mission, Kolbe Prison Ministry and Loving Choice Pregnancy Help Center.

Council 10861, led by Grand Knight Mike Raspet, found creative ways to host fundraisers during the pandemic to help raise money for this charitable giving. The Council’s pit crew had multiple successful brisket fundraisers to help make up for other lost opportunities. The annual Lenten Fish Fry was turned into a drive-through operation this spring and became a huge success.

The biggest surprise was making the annual Wine Tasting Dinner into a to-go opportunity. The Council created to-go wine boxes – featuring four wines and an assortment of charcuterie items – as a replacement for the Knights’ biggest fundraiser of the year. The new project raised more than $16,000 for the Council.

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