At their December 2012 leadership meeting held in Des Moines, the Iowa Knights of Columbus recommitted their decades-long support to Special Olympic Iowa.
Iowa Knights of Columbus State Deputy Joseph A. Ramirez of Des Moines, left, and Past State Deputy and former Special Olympic Iowa board member Thomas M. Wittrock of Bagley, right, present Rich Fellingham, center, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics Iowa a $25,000 check for Special Olympics Iowa. Funds for this donation came from the Persons with Intellectually Disabilities (PID) Drives, popularly known as Tootsie Roll Drives, conducted annually by Knights of Columbus across Iowa.
Since 1974, the Iowa Knights of Columbus has conducted Persons with Intellectually Disabilities (PID) Drives. Popularly known as Tootsie Roll Drives, nearly $15,500,000 has been raised in Iowa to specifically and explicitly benefit individuals with intellectual disabilities. $875,000 of the funds raised have been directed to Special Olympics Iowa.
Further, local Councils and Assemblies contribute to Special Olympics Iowa yearly via volunteer hours and additional fundraisers. Iowa Knights also provide guidance, insight, and leadership to Special Olympics Iowa through service on the board of directors.