Father Perez Knights of Columbus Council 1444 on Chicago's Southwest Side both gave and received during its July meeting.
Grand Knight Rich Doyle presented BJ Moonan, chairman of Perez's Drive for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities, a plaque from the Illinois Knights of Columbus State Council recognizing Perez for raising the greatest amount of money per capita throughout the 2008-09 drive among all Illinois councils during its drive.
Doyle then presented Pat Lynch, chairman of the General Assistance Fund Drive, with a state plaque acknowledging Perez for raising the greatest amount of money per capita for the assistance fund throughout the 2008-09 drive among all Illinois councils. These funds are distributed to Catholic parishes and schools that are victims of disasters such as Hurricane Katrina.
Moonan, in turn, presented the proceeds of Perez's Drive for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities to representatives of 14 community-based organizations that provide services for persons with intellectual disabilities or organize Special Olympics programs.
The recipients included secular organizations and religious organizations, some Catholic and some other denominations.
They included Davis Developmental School, Mount Greenwood Elementary School, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, Elim Christian School, Manteno Veterans Home, St. Christina Special Religious Education, Misericordia, Garden Center, Covenant Enabling Residence, Mount Greenwood Special Olympics, Stevenson School, Grimes School, St. Cajetan Special Religious Education and Mark Twain School.
"When my brother knights enter the order, they commit to performing charitable works in their community," Moonan said. "This evening demonstrates that commitment very vividly. God bless you people who continue to provide quality services to our brothers and sisters with intellectual disabilities."
Father Perez will kick off its 2009-10 drive Sept. 18.
Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to males 18 years of age and older who are practicing Catholics. The Knights of Columbus is an organization of 13,000 councils and 1.7 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.
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