2013-03-29 / Community

Knights of Columbus to Celebrate 85th Anniversary


Knights of Columbus members, Tom (Hook) O’Brien, Msgr. William Burke, Otto Jurgens, Harold Ferguson, Mat Kennedy and John (Jackie) Keough, break ground on the “New K of C Building” in 1958. Knights of Columbus members, Tom (Hook) O’Brien, Msgr. William Burke, Otto Jurgens, Harold Ferguson, Mat Kennedy and John (Jackie) Keough, break ground on the “New K of C Building” in 1958. The Msgr. William F. Burke-Rockaway Council Knights of Columbus will be celebrating the 85th Anniversary of the Council’s Founding on Sunday April 7th. The day’s festivities will commence with an 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Thomas More Church in Breezy Point. A communion breakfast will follow at the K of C Hall located at 333 Beach 90th Street.

The guest speaker at the breakfast will be New York State Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder.

The Knights will be present the Community Service Award to Steve Stathis and the Graybeards for their many years of assistance to the entire Rockaway Peninsula. As the Knights said in an e-mail, “the Graybeards were there for the community, before, during and after Sandy. They are truly a wonderful community focused organization and a vital part of the Rockaway’s.”

Miguel Vargas and Christine Donohue will also be honored for the leadership and assistance that they provided immediately following Hurricane Sandy. Vargas and Donohue opened Springman Hall at St. Camillus for use as a food pantry and distribution center. “For over three months they both worked tirelessly from dawn to dusk, collecting and distributing food and clothing while providing hot meals daily. They are two of the many ‘unsung heroes’ that surfaced after the storm,” the Knights said in an e-mail.

The “Knight of the Year” award will be presented to Ray Otton, who presently serves as the financial secretary of the Knights and is a member of the Board of Directors. Otton has spent numerous hours volunteering his services throughout the neighborhood and supporting the Council’s many charitable activities. Tickets for the Communion Breakfast are nominally priced and can be purchased at the door.

The day-long celebration will continue with a complimentary cocktail party at the Council Hall from 2:00-6:00 p.m. Music will be provided by Gerald Bair and all K of C members, friends and neighbors are invited to attend.

For additional information please call or visit the Council. 718-634-3699.

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