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August 06, 2008 17:18 ET

Colorado K of C Council Is Top International Council Activities Award Winner

Littleton Knights benefit dinner dance assists hit-and-run victim

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA--(Marketwire - Aug. 6, 2008) - A Denver-area Knights of Columbus council has been awarded the organization's top honors for council-related activities. Archbishop James V. Casey Council 9349 in Littleton, received the 2008 international Council Activities Award at the Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention here today.

Nick Patrick, a Knight of Columbus, was severely injured and left comatose after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in June 2006. Already in need of a wheelchair from the effects of Multiple Sclerosis, Patrick faced a difficult rehabilitation and significant medical expenses. His brother Knights came to his assistance.

The council members planned a benefit dinner dance with proceeds being placed in a trust fund to cover medical costs. Knights took charge of ticket sales, publicity and establishing up the trust fund. They hired a band to perform at the event and even purchased and prepared the food. Local newspapers also ran articles about the fundraiser, which aided the Knights' plans to help their a brother in need.

More than 100 council members were involved in the event, which required more than 200 volunteer hours in preparations. The benefit netted nearly $10,000, with more than 140 tickets sold.

Second place in the council activities category was awarded to Bishop Reed Capital Hill Council 5759 of Oklahoma City, Okla. The third-place winner was Marian Council 3779 of Shreveport, La. Victoria Council 1256 of Victoria, British Columbia, earned fourth place, and Stella Maris Council 4265 in Caviite City, Luzon (Philippines) took fifth place.

The Knights of Columbus is an international lay Catholic organization with 1.75 million members who belong to more than 13,000 local councils. It annually recognizes councils for outstanding program activities in five categories: church, community, council, family and youth.

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