Knights support special needs, food pantry

Knights of Columbus funds raised through the North Scott Pantry golf outing were distributed Oct. 15 at St. Ann Parish-Long Grove. Front row, from left are KofC Matt Costello, North Scott Food Pantry representatives Karen Petersen and Judy Shannon, and KofC treasurer Wayne Pacha and back row, KofC Rick Schmidt.

The Catholic Messenger

LONG GROVE — The St. Ann Knights of Columbus (KofC) council donated more than $25,000 to two organizations from the Campaign for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (formerly known as the Tootsie Roll Drive) and the North Scott Food Pantry Golf Outing.

Since 2009, the KofCs have donated more than $74,500 to local special needs programs. This year, the KofCs raised $6,000 with the help of St. Ann parishioners and North Scott students with special needs and their teachers.

The group distributed the proceeds to various North Scott Schools’ special needs programs: $1,740 (high school); $1,370 (junior high); $1,370 (elementary schools); and $709.40 to Scott County Special Olympics and $576.60 to Iowa State Special Olympics. The drive’s supporters included St. Ann Parish, North Scott Hy-Vee, and Casey’s General Stores in Eldridge and Park View, and North Scott schools.

Knights of Columbus Campaign for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (Tootsie Roll Drive) made a donation during an Oct. 15 ceremony at St. Ann Parish-Long Grove. Front, from left are Scott County Special Olympics representatives Rhonda Elskamp, Dan Elskamp and Tim Elskamp, North Scott teachers Tara Christensen, Chelsea Tyrrel and Jennifer Unwin and in back, KofC Matt Costello, Grand Knight Rick Schmidt and KofC treasurer Wayne Pacha.

The KofCs raised $19,500 from the 15th annual North Scott Food Pantry Golf Outing Sept. 10 — the largest amount ever since the event began in 2009. Since that time, the KofCs have donated more than $165,000 to the North Scott Food Pantry.

The event’s planners included Matt Costello, Joe Hutson, Jeff Van DeCasteele, Jeff Nagle and Rick Baughman. Richard Bechert, Wayne Pacha, Jeff Liske, Dan Ferry and John Loussaert spearheaded the meal following the outing. The KofCs gave special recognition to Costello for his persistent effort to secure sponsors annually for the worthwhile events.

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