SPIRIT LAKE – The results are in and those Tootsie Rolls you might have received at Jennings Tow and Repair, HyVee, Fareway, Wal-Mart or Bomgaars Labor Day Weekend were part of a great cause. Iowa Great Lakes Council 5043 of the Knights of Columbus again distributed the sweet treats, with goodwill offerings benefiting those with intellectual disabilities.
The Knights of Columbus Campaign for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (CPID) is sponsored annually, with a portion of the donations distributed to Echo PLUS in Spirit Lake and Estherville. Iowa Great Lakes Council 5043 Knight Harold Overmann presented the check to Amanda Brewer, Echo PLUS Executive Director, at the Echo PLUS Night Under the Stars celebration in October. The funds will assist with the Echo PLUS mission of "Empowering People with Disabilities to make choices in their lives, work and dreams."
The Knights of Columbus is an international Catholic family fraternal service organization with 1.8 million members in more than 14,000 local councils. Last year, Knights donated 70 million volunteer hours and $167 million to charitable and benevolent causes, sponsoring projects to benefit their church, councils, communities, families and youth.
Iowa Great Lakes Council 5043 sponsors annual events including the Free Throw Competition and the Knights of Columbus Spelling Bee. They also run the Soup and Pie Supper in November, and the Campaign for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities Labor Day weekend, benefiting local organizations.
The Knights of Columbus distributed Tootsie Rolls Labor Day weekend to benefit those with intellectual disabilities. The freewill offerings collected resulted in a check for more than $3,700, which was presented October 19 by Iowa Great Lakes Council 5043 Knight Harold Overmann to Amanda Brewer, Echo PLUS Executive Director.