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Westmont Knights raise thousands for local charities

Published: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 11:39 a.m. CDT

WESTMONT – The local council of the Knights of Columbus raised more than $20,000 during its fall Intellectual Disabilities Fund Drive.

In September 2013, the Westmont based St. John Council of the Knights of Columbus Council 3738 generated more than $20,000 for a dozen west suburban charities by distributing Tootsie Rolls at area intersections, stores, churches and train stations.

“The generosity of area citizens and the efforts of the members and friends of our council provides needed support for several worthy programs, including some with no other means of support,” Council 3738 Grand Knight Hank Anzelone said.

The Benedictine Best Buddies program, Community Support Services, Inc., Elite Stars Athletics, Gigi’s Playhouse, Little Friends, Inc., Marklund, RRAF, Special Camps for Special Citizens, Soaring Eagle Academy, the South East Association for Special Parks and Recreation and the Religious Education Apostolate for the Christian Handicapped program at Holy Trinity will all receive donations from the Knights of Columbus.

“Donations such as these enable our organization to expand the horizons of the individuals we serve by offering increased services and activities in the community,” said Marilyn Flanagan, executive director and president of RRAF, which serves adults with developmental disabilities in the western suburbs of Chicago.

The Knights of Columbus was incorporated in 1882 and is the world’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization, with 1.8 million members in more than 14,000 councils.

Council #3738, founded in 1953, includes about 300 men in Westmont, Downers Grove, and neighboring communities.

For more information about the Knights of Columbus Council # 3738, visit

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