Marillac Place Benefits from K of C Trivia Challenge

On November 11, 2016, the 1st Annual K of C Trivia Challenge was held in aid of Marillac Place of Kitchener. On Friday December 23rd GK Dave Obermeyer and Brother Mac Graham, Event Coordinator presented funds raised to aid in their mandate of providing housing and support services for pregnant and parenting women and their children. On hand to receive a cheque for $12,500 were Marillac Place Assistant Chair Sharon Penlington and Chair Walt Sowinski. Opened in 1987, Marillac Place provided a shelter for abused women. In 1992, they changed their mandate to meet the evolving needs of the community, providing housing and support services for pregnant and parenting women and their children. Marillac Place resolves to give mothers the tools to become effective parents and self-supporting, responsible members of the community. This community shelter provides safe, affordable accommodation, with basic life skill training, childcare guidance and educational opportunities. Marillac Place is open to independent women between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five who are pregnant or who have their child in their care, or who are attempting to regain care of their child. Marillac Place is a Special Works Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (Kitchener Particular Council). Their namesake, Louise de Marillac, was a follower of St. Vincent de Paul, who served the sick and the poor in the sixteenth century.

 

The successful 1st Annual K of C Trivia Challenge, presented by Council 1504, raised $12,500 for Marillac Place of Kitchener. The funds raised will go to support their mandate of providing housing and support services for pregnant and parenting women and their children. (l to r) GK Dave Obermeyer, Brother Mac Graham, Event Coordinator, Sharon Pennington, Assistant Chair Marillac Place and Walt Sowinski, Chair Marillac Place.

The successful 1st Annual K of C Trivia Challenge, presented by Council 1504, raised $12,500 for Marillac Place of Kitchener. The funds raised will go to support their mandate of providing housing and support services for pregnant and parenting women and their children. (l to r) GK Dave Obermeyer, Brother Mac Graham, Event Coordinator, Sharon Pennington, Assistant Chair Marillac Place and Walt Sowinski, Chair Marillac Place.

 

Marillac Place Is the Winner

The Grand Ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Hotel was the scene November 11, where 19 teams battled it out to win the coveted title as the winner of the Knights of Columbus sponsored 1st Annual Trivia Challenge. A tie for first place went to the teams of Colours That End In “Urple”, and Risko’s Lab Rats, with a score of 67 correctly answered trivia questions out of 100. The event’s real winner is Marillac Place, where over $12,500 dollars were raised to support its special works. Since 1987, Kitchener’s Marillac Place has provided a safe home for women, meeting the evolving needs of the community. Special thanks to MC, Waterloo Regional Police Chief Bryan Larkin who added to this entertaining and fun-filled affair. Event Co-ordinator Brother Mac Graham thanked all who assisted in the success of this first event. Mac says with over 150 players and guests attending, he hopes to be back soon preparing for the K of C 2nd Annual Trivia Challenge.

 

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Nativity Sales at the Schwaben Club Christmas Bazaar

The K of C festive decorations were on sale at the Schwaben Club's Christmas Bazaar November 13. Manning the booth for Council's first appearance at the Club (L to R) Brothers Brian Hughes, Reinhart Schreiter and Gerry Kelly. Not shown are Brothers Brian Schmalz and Fernando Melo. While many viewed the display table, some sales were made that will go to aid the work of the K of C.

The K of C festive decorations were on sale at the Schwaben Club’s Christmas Bazaar November 13. Manning the booth for Council’s first appearance at the Club (L to R) Brothers Brian Hughes, Reinhart Schreiter and Gerry Kelly. Not shown are Brothers Brian Schmalz and Fernando Melo. While many viewed the display table, some sales were made that will go to aid the work of the K of C.

Coats for Kids 2016

November 13 saw the end of another very successful K of C Coats for Kids Campaign, surpassing that of last year’s drive. Nine Kitchener parishes assisted Council 1504 receiving about 300 garments along with cash and other winter clothing that will go to help keep kids warm this winter. Brother Mike Szabo, with help from wife Ana and Brother Ed Langlois are to be commended for their tireless effort in storing and sorting the much-needed winter wear. Mike will now contact the Waterloo Catholic District School Board where the Region’s Catholic Schools will distribute the coats to those in need.

A Good Time Was Had By All

It was a great day for 45 tour-goers Sunday, November 6 as they enjoyed the K of C MacLean’s Brewery Tour in Hanover. The sold-out trip left from the Kitchener Auditorium parking lot around noon, which began a day filled with food and fun. Council members and friends, who filled the bus to capacity, were safe in the capable hands of Andrew the bus driver, returning everyone home around 4:00 pm. Special thanks to PGK Brian Schmalz who helped organize the excursion and kudos to Brian Hughes Sr for arranging the bus from Sharp Bus Lines‎. Another successful Council event well received.

 

Cheerful bus driver Andrew, seen chauffeuring a happy group on their way to Hanover for the MacLean's Brewery Tour. The K of C event had a full house of members and friends that enjoyed a great, fun-filled Autumn day, sampling food and fermentation!

Cheerful bus driver Andrew, seen chauffeuring a happy group on their way to Hanover for the MacLean’s Brewery Tour. The K of C event had a full house of members and friends that enjoyed a great, fun-filled Autumn day, sampling food and fermentation!

 

A beautiful autumn afternoon for a sold out tour of Maclean's microbrewery in Hanover. Fun, food and flavourful libations were had by all 1504 Knights, family and friends who were on hand to attend. A special thanks to PGK Brian Schmalz who helped coordinate this family valued event.

A beautiful autumn afternoon for a sold out tour of Maclean’s microbrewery in Hanover. Fun, food and flavourful libations were had by all 1504 Knights, family and friends who were on hand to attend. A special thanks to PGK Brian Schmalz who helped coordinate this family valued event.

Council 1504 Aids Our Lady of Fatima Parish

Demonstrating K of C support for its parishes, Council 1504 assisted Our Lady of Fatima Parish with a $1,000 donation.  The contribution will go toward to help fund badly needed renovations to the Church.  With Parishioners in attendance, the cheque was presented to Father Octavio Cidadao, and Associate Pastor Jose Moreira following Monday evening Mass October 31, 2016.

 

Council 1504 assisted Our Lady of Fatima Church with its renovations with a $1,000 donation. (L to R) Associate Pastor Jose Moreira, GK Dave Obermeyer, Pastor Father Octavio Cidadao, DGK Mike Szabo, Brother and Sir Knight Fernando Melo.

Council 1504 assisted Our Lady of Fatima Church with its renovations with a $1,000 donation. (L to R) Associate Pastor Jose Moreira, GK Dave Obermeyer, Pastor Father Octavio Cidadao, DGK Mike Szabo, Brother and Sir Knight Fernando Melo.