Knights of Columbus: A decade of dance, and donations

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Feb. 5, 2013

The Knights of Columbus hosted its 10th-annual dinner and dance last weekend, at St. Brendan Catholic Church, in benefit of needy local children.

BY ERIKA RECH | CONTRIBUTING WRITER

A passion for faith, community service and, OK, the cha-cha brought friends and family together last weekend, for the Knights of Columbus Post 13018's 10th-annual Italian Night Dinner Dance, at St. Brendan Catholic Church, 1000 Ocean Shore Blvd.

The event, held Saturday, Feb. 2, raised an estimated $2,500 for financially needy children to attend St. Brendan Catholic School.

“The principle of the school picks two children they believe would be most in need of the scholarship," Vince Colonna, the Knights financial secretary said. And then his group foots both of those students' tuition bills.

But the night wasn't only about raising money. As one dancer, Rose Declercq, swayed to the Moonlight Swing Band across the dance floor, with her domestic partner, Robert Nickerson, she laughed, "Didn't think we could have this much fun at this age, huh?"

Next on the Knights' nonprofit schedule, according to Colonna, is a Tootsie Role-selling fundraiser in March, to raise funds for mentally disabled children. Members will sell candies in front of Publix, on State Road A1A.

“We never keep the fundraiser money for ourselves," Colonna said. "If someone contacts us for help, then we will contribute based on the funds we have.”

The Ormond Beach Knights of Columbus started 10 years ago with 30 members. The club is now up to 102.