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August 06, 2008 17:18 ET

Mexican K of C Council Is Top International Community Activities Award Winner

Paraiso Knights provided disaster relief in flood decimated region

QUEBEC CITY, CANADA--(Marketwire - Aug. 6, 2008) - A Knights of Columbus council in southeastern Mexico has been awarded the organization's top honors for community-related activities. San Marco Evangelista Council 13910 in Paraiso, Tabasco, received the 2008 international Community Activities Award at the Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention here today.

When floods ravaged the nearby Villahermosa region, council members collected food, clothing, medicine, bottled water, bedding and other relief items. Twenty-five tons of supplies were delivered to two storage facilities in the disaster area where it was sorted and distributed by Knights, and the council's ladies auxiliary together with its girls youth group, the Colombiats, and the Columbian Squires.

Support was also given to the people who sought shelter in the Catedral del Senor de Tabasco (Cathedral of the Lord of Tabasco), with Knights aiding in the preparation, transportation and delivery of 800 rations of food as well as 3,000 tamales.

Altogether, Knights provided more than 1,900 volunteer hours of relief assistance to residents in these flood-damaged communities.

Second place in the community activities category was awarded to Marian Council 3111 of Freemont, Mich. The third-place winner was Ray McKowen Council 1362 of Delphos, Ohio. Father Gilpin Council 9760 of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, earned fourth place, and St. Monica Council 11927 in Indianapolis, Ind. 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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