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July 27, 2014

Knights of Columbus focus on charity, community

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Posted: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 12:00 am

The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal order of Catholic gentlemen founded in Connecticut in 1882. For more than 100 years, branches of the organization across the United States and around the world have upheld the group’s founding principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.

In the La Marque and Texas City area, the Knights of Columbus Council 5236 has 231 members dedicated to these principles. Fundraising events are organized throughout the year to generate money to support local charitable organizations as well as the members’ churches, St. Mary of the Miraculous Medal in Texas City and Queen of Peace in La Marque.

Most people know the Knights of Columbus for events held at their hall, which is available to the public for rent for a wide range of celebrations and meetings.

The inside hall features banquet tables and chairs, a full kitchen and bar. It can accommodate up to 300 people. Outdoors, there’s a pavilion that seats 300 with an outdoor park for kids, kitchen, bathrooms, picnic tables and large parking area.

Proceeds from the hall rentals go toward the groups charitable efforts in the La Marque-Texas City region, including support for organizations such as La Marque Aid & Guidance and St. Vincent de Paul.

On New Year’s Eve, the Knights will host a dance for the public from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., with J.P. Y Sueno as DJ, free menudo and party favors. Admission for the event is $20 per person or $35 per couple, with proceeds going toward charitable works.

In addition to fundraising, the Knights of Columbus strives to give assistance in the community whenever needed, whether through volunteer work or donating the use of their facility. They also join efforts with other local organizations to better serve the community when needed, and rise to the occasion to meet immediate needs after disasters from Hurricane Ike to the explosion in West, Texas.

There are more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members of the Knights of Columbus 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.

Find out more about the Knights of Columbus Council 5236, including what they do, who they are or how to help, by visiting their website at www.kc5236.org.