Raising the ‘Green’

NORWALK—On Saturday, March 9, Knights of Council 14360 held their 10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner to raise funds for their charitable causes. Around 225 attendees packed the Masterpool Great Room at St. Matthew Church to enjoy some tasty corned beef with all the trimmings, as well as a superb Irish Dance performance from the Mulkerin School of Irish Dance.

“We do our very best to give our parishioners and friends a fun time,” said Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo. I love to see how all my brother Knights rolling up their sleeves to help make the night special.”

Criscuolo continued, “One of the best parts about Saturday was seeing new faces both in our council helping out and in the crowd. Those people that heard through word of mouth about our event and wanted to be a part of it. That makes it all worth the hard work planning it.”

The dinner included corned beef provided by Zody’s 19th Hole, complemented by cabbage, carrots, potatoes and soda bread—and ice cream donated by Saugatuck Sweets in Fairfield. The event also featured a “cornucopia of great raffle prizes from many local businesses such as O’Neill’s Pub, Dave’s Planet Pizza, Italia and Dry Dock.

I can’t believe it has been 10 years since our first dinner, said dinner co-chair and past Grand Knight George Ribellino. “The first dinner had 81 attendees and this year we had a sell out a few weeks before the dinner.”

Money raised from the dinner will help assist such local organizations as Malta House, Family and Children’s Agency, Homes for the Brave, All Saints Catholic School, Al’s Angels, CT Fisher House and The St. Matthew Food Pantry.

“This was the first time my family and I attended the St. Patrick’s Day dinner, it certainly was a fun filled evening of tasty corned beef, great Irish dancers and the luck of the Irish was at our table as we won three of the raffle prizes. Thank you to the Knights it was a great fundraiser,” said attendee Lisa Habasinski.

The goal of the Knights of Columbus Council at Saint Matthew Parish is to perform acts of charity, providing those in need with a range of support from financial to tactical help in dealing with a wide variety of challenges.

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