By BRIAN SMITH
A number of nonprofit groups were honored for their service to the community during the Knights of Columbus Holy Spirit Council 7264 Appreciation Dinner Friday evening.
About 90 representatives from 10 organizations, along with Knights and their families, attended the dinner where checks were presented and each group had a speaker talk about the group’s function in the community. Council Grand Knight John Achtyl said what the local council is doing is based on the Knights’ philosophy from the very start.
“The KCs were founded in 1882 in New Haven, Connecticut by Father John McGiveney to help the poor of the city,” Achtyl said. “This council is going into its 35th year of supporting the church and community with money and volunteerism.”
Achtyl said the council uses a golf tourney and Tootsie Roll drive as its two major fundraisers every year to help fund the donations to deserving charities.
Paula Robinson with Center of Hope said its organization works to get people back on their feet with food and job training classes. The center provides assistance to people of all ages, but its largest group is for ages 50 to 64.
“We also work with area schools so those that need to get their GED can do so,” Robinson said. “We also work with a number of neighborhood churches during the summer on Camp Hope, so children who depend on the meal the school provides during the school year can still get it.”
Dana Blankenship with Grace House Ministries said the organization offers free pregnancy and ultrasound tests but also parenting classes as well as classes to keep pregnancy from happening in the first place.
Tracey Hass, Meals on Wheels Director at the Parker County Senior Center, said not only does the center provide meals for homebound and other seniors, low cost rides are available to the store and appointments as well as prescription and utility assistance are offered.
American Legion Post 163 Commander Bill Mallory said the legion provides support to the veterans in the area, giving back 11,000 volunteer hours last year alone and making $49,000 in donations itself back to the community.
Other organizations that received donations include CASA of Parker/Palo Pinto County, Parker County REACT, Weatherford Freedom House, Weatherford Citizen Police Academy, Pythian Home and Weatherford VFW Post 4746.