Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus

August 06, 2008 17:25 ET

Maryland K of C Council is Top International Family Activities Award Winner

Baltimore-area Knights raise funds for baby's organ transplants

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA--(Marketwire - Aug. 6, 2008) - A suburban Baltimore Knights of Columbus council has been awarded the organization's top honors for family-related activities. St. Alphonsus Rodriquez Council 13294 in Woodstock, Md., received the 2008 international Family Activities Award at the Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention here today.

Andrew Morrissey, the grandson of a parish staff member, was born with a serious medical condition. He had no liver or kidney function, necessitating extensive organ transplant surgery in a Pittsburgh hospital. Faced with an enormous spiritual, emotional and financial burden the family received eager assistance from council members.

The family had to maintain two residences during a four-month span in late 2007 when the child received a liver transplant from his father and a kidney from his grandmother.

Knights held a benefit bull and oyster roast, together with a raffle, and donated the proceeds to the Morrissey family. The event required more than 500 volunteer hours, and raised $7,800 for the family's medical and related expenses.

Second place in the family activities category was awarded to Fr. John Howard Council 8500 of Highland, Mich. The third-place winner was Christ the King Council 11990 of Quezon City, Philippines. West Brazos Council 8548 of Brazoria, Texas, earned fourth place, and Sacred Heart of Jesus Council 7557 in Broussard, La., 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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