Working hard to Stuff the Bus, several Knights cooked for store goers at Food Basics to help fill two Sarnia Transit buses with non-perishable food items to be passed along to the Salvation Army and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Shoppers responded enthusiastically by donating generously, especially badly needed items like diapers, toilet paper, feminine products, canned fruit and peanut butter.
Over 12,200 pounds of food was collected for the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul Society, far surpassing last year’s total of about 10,000 pounds.
The two agencies will also share $1,667 in cash donations.
Once again this year, Council 1429 supported our Recorder, Brother Jim Lelliveld and Maria, to attend the March for Life in Ottawa. They joined thousands of other attendees from all over North America in a day of prayer and support for the Unborn.
Another very successful fund raising event enjoyed by all who attended.
The Society of St Vincent de Paul will be the main beneficiary as will our Coats for Kids campaign.
Thanks to the advertisers and other donors of gift baskets, door and/or spot prizes. Advertisements received exposure to about 200 attendees through announcements and on the slide show as well as the program brochure which is available by clicking on the picture below:
We also have a Facebook presence where the event was publicized.
Thank you once again Joanna and Sam Giresi and your group of helpers for dishing out yet another grand, delicious five course, sit-down Italian dinner. Thanks in a special way to Deana and Dave Pirt for organizing the student servers who did such a fantastic job.
Thank you mainly to the following key people without whom this would not have been possible.
Parish Administrator Rev. Stephen Savel
Our incomparable MC – Lee Michaels
City of Sarnia councillor Dave Boushy
The staff at our parish churches for helping with advertising and ticket sales
Melanie and fellow knight Richard Marhue of MerLink Communications
Christine and Brian Monteiro – for Everything!
KofC volunteers – John Ramsey, Eric Madej, Camila and Jorge Vinas, Luba and Peter Laychak, David Rodrigues, Maria and Jim Leliveld, Terry Costain, Phil Hrycak, Garry Prokopovich, Judy and John Roman, Norm Vaillant
Chris Sanchez and many, many others
The key people in the key area
The welcoming committee
Mr Weisz speaking on behalf of the Society of St Vincent de Paul
The Bluewater Ceili Band
City and County councillor Dave Boushy with MC Lee Michaels
Cheers to you too!
The Bluewater Ceili Band
No kids… 🙂
Our MC Lee Michaels with John Nowak of Council 1429
If that’s what he thinks of his own cooking….!!
Joanna and Sam Giresi and their talented, generous group
A well deserved round, I’m sure!
Some came only for the dancing and the music!
The I.T. department
Thank you sirs for all the help!
What’s an evening without the dance!?
One of the many prize winners
The clean-up masters
The guys deserving the most thanks – clean-up crew!
Keeping alive ex-principal Rob Cicchelli’s statement from four years ago, “The beginning of another “Irish” tradition“. Proceeds from this Pancake Tuesday fundraiser will be used to finance the Jim Lathem, Chaplaincy and other awards to deserving students who meet Council criteria of Christian principles. Thanks to all who helped out that day.
Over $600 was raised at the Souperbowl Soup-off luncheon this year at St Joseph’s church hall in Sarnia. A joint effort with the CWL of St. Joe’s and the Knights of St. Ben’s, the hall was packed with over 100 people. It was a very joyful affair, thanks to the huge effort by Eric Madej, deputy Grand Knight of Council 1429 and his band of supportive knights. Also instrumental was the assistance of District Deputy John Ramsey and the CWL president Laura Hardy. The funds raised will go toward the restoration of the church grounds and the building of the KofC bell pagoda.
Not too many were surprised that Deacon Lyle won the award for the best soup [Pea Soup] again, but this time, close on his heels, was the arguably equally good next best, the “Curried Lentil Vegan Soup prepared by Melanie Marhue.
Also being raffled off was a framed limited edition Thomas Kincaid print “Sea of Tranquility”.
Gracing the occasion was Fr Peter Keller who was almost early enough to say grace and Fr Steve Savel who was presented with a token of appreciation by Council 1429 Grand Knight Norman Monteiro.
Thanks to all the volunteers, the donors of food and the photographer (Dave), a wonderful, Christmassy good time was had by all who attended.
The carol singing competition was the highlight of the evening. The winning team consisting of, well, … there’s actually a controversy about who won and for good form’s sake, both teams are featured here. The competition indeed was intense.
One of the two winning teams featuring our Faithful Navigator Joe Sawczuk
The other winning team with District Deputy John Ramsay
The runner – up featuring Chaplain Fr. Anthony Eboh