Knights of Columbus fundraisers

                                                                                                            Photo by Shari Harris
Terry Snelling, Christene Karnes and UCHC Director Donnetta James are presented 
a check for $910 by Knights of Columbus Richard Hofstetter.

 By Shari Harris
The Knights of Columbus raised $1676.80 locally during this year’s Drive for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, commonly known as the Tootsie Roll Drive. Half of the funds, $838.40, was combined with funds from other Knights of Columbus statewide. These proceeds benefit the Knights of Columbus Developmental Center at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis.
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Lee Roy Lassiter, center, presents a check to Kyle Robertson at Opportunity Sheltered Industries.

The remaining half of the funds were divided three ways, with $100 going to Special Olympics, $150 to the Wheelchair Foundation, and $588.40 going to Opportunity Sheltered Industries in Houston. Knights Lee Roy Lassiter, Richard Hofstetter and Russell Olewinski delivered a check to the workers at the workshop.
Another recent fundraiser by the Knights was their gun raffle, with a shotgun the first prize, a .22 rifle as second prize and $50 cash the third prize. The drawing was held Nov. 11 and the proceeds go to the many charities supported by the Knights.
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Richard Hofstetter presents 
Amanda Blogdon, Plato, 
with the shotgun she won 
in the Knights of Columbus 
gun raffle.
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John Sponsel, Falcon, left, 
won the .22 rifle as second place
 in the gun raffle. 
Richard Hofstetter presented 
him with the gun.

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Richard Hofstetter, right, presented Mike Gyovai of Licking 
third prize in the gun raffle. Gyovai donated his prize 
back to the Knights.
Their latest fundraiser, a food drive, raised $610 and approximately 500 pounds of food in the Licking community. The Knights added $300 and Richard Hofstetter and Jerry Lewis presented Licking United Community Help Center with the food collected and a check for $910 on Monday, Nov. 25. According to UCHC Director Donnetta James, the money translates into approximately $3000 worth of food through the Ozarks Food Harvest, where they can obtain food at a large discount. Hofstetter reports the Knights also raised funds in the Houston area and contributed $300 to the total for the Texas County Food Pantry.
In January, the Knights of Columbus will hold their annual Free Throw Contest. Boys and girls ages 9 – 14 are eligible to participate in the free event. Registration is at noon, Jan. 12, in the FEMA gym by the Licking Elementary School. Competition begins at 1 p.m. Winners receive trophies and certificates of participation will be awarded to all. Winners will also be eligible to participate in Districts competition in Willow Springs.



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