Knights in Action

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, Mother Seton Council #5427
79 Pascack Road, Township of Washington, NJ 07676

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:     Jim Dugan
Phone:       201-666-3425

K OF C SPRING FOOD DRIVE ANOTHER SUCCESS

Township of Washington, NJ, June 14, 2017 –

Knights of Columbus Mother Seton Council #5427 of the Township of Washington, NJ, held its annual spring food drive on Saturday, June 10, in the Township. Grand Knight Vinny Vinagre commended Chuck Merlo, Food Drive Co-Chairman, for another successful food drive and thanked the Township residents who once again generously donated more than 220 bags of food and non-perishable items. In addition, monetary donations of $175 were made. The donations were delivered to the Helping Hands Food Pantry in Hillsdale. Merlo said, “I’d like to thank everyone who participated and donated their time for such a great cause. Going hungry in this great country is inexcusable and I am proud we can make a dent in that twice a year.” Vinagre offered, “My sincere thanks to all who donated and to my brother knights and the boy scouts from Troop 321 who worked on the drive. I especially thank Kevin Lynch, CEO of Oritani Bank, whose OritaniBank Charitable Foundation contributed $1,000 to cover the cost of printing and mailing our food drive flyer that was delivered to all Township residents.”

The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut, by Fr. Michael J. McGivney. It is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization with nearly 1.9 million members worldwide. It is also one of the most active charitable organizations in the United States. In the past year, the organization has raised more than $4.4 million for Christian and other religious minority refugees in the Middle East. The Knights also set new records in 2016 for charitable giving with donations of $175 million and 73.4 million hours of service to charitable causes. Mother Seton Council contributed $65,000.

Applications for membership in the Knights of Columbus are welcome from qualified individuals. For more information call 201-664-0422, or go to our website, www.kofc5427.com.

Pictured in the photo outside the K of C’s Pfleiger Pavilion are the knights and scouts who did the collecting.

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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, Mother Seton Council #5427
79 Pascack Road, Township of Washington, NJ 07676

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:     Jim Dugan
Phone:       201-666-3425

K OF C MOTHER SETON COUNCIL #5427 AWARDS NIGHT

Township of Washington, NJ, May 23, 2017 –

Knights of Columbus Mother Seton Council #5427 in the Township of Washington held its Scholarship Awards Night, May 25, at the Council Hall, 79 Pascack Road. As the council does every year at this time, it recognizes students, who are related to members of Mother Seton Council, for their scholarship and extracurricular involvement. Four High School seniors were awarded scholarships this year. Michael Dugan, Bergen County Academies, was awarded the $1,000 Mother Seton Council Scholarship. In April, Michael was awarded one of the two state-wide K of C Bishop Dougherty scholarships. Erin Dailey, St. Rose, Belmar, NJ, Brian Frank, Don Bosco High School, and Emily Marchesani, Westwood High School, were awarded $1,000 Picarella Scholarships.

Dugan, a member of the National Honor Society, has maintained a 3.88 GPA for four years. He was involved in the Model United Nations program for four years. He earned varsity letters in football for four years, was a team captain as a senior, was awarded the Coaches Award, and won all-league honorable mention. He is a Boy Scout in Washington Township Troop 321 and is currently working on his Eagle Scout project. He has been an altar server at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church since the fourth grade and is a member of the Confirmation Team. Dugan will attend Notre Dame to study computer science.

Dailey takes all honor and AP classes and has achieved high honor roll status for all four years. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the World Language Honor Society (Spanish). She is a school ambassador and a member of the Catholic Athletes for Christ Club. She was a four-year starter for the soccer team and was named a captain in her junior and senior years. For all four years she was on the winter and spring track teams. She will attend William & Mary College to study kinesiology and play soccer.

Frank is a member of the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Salesian Leadership Retreat, and Peer Leadership Club. He received the School Spirit Award. He is a member of the cross-country, winter, and spring track teams. His volunteer activities include the Boy Scouts (life scout), Tae Kwon Do, and Family Promise—Aid to the homeless. He is a Eucharistic Minister at Our Lady of Mercy Church. He plans to attend the College of Charleston to study Business/Law. He missed the Awards Night to attend his Senior Prom.

Marchesani is on the Honor Roll at Westwood High School, is a member of the National Art Honor Society, and was a four-year member of the varsity golf team. She was the valedictorian of the Phred Piano Expression School, 2014-2016. She has achieved the Bronze and Silver Awards of the Girl Scouts. She has been a volunteer at both Washington Township and Westwood Town Days. She has been a 1st–3rd Grade Art Workshop instructor. She is a Sunday School Teacher at the Central Unitarian Church, where she has been involved with the Family Fun Night and Midnight Run Fundraiser. She completed the Bergen County Youth Police Academy last summer. She will attend Southern Vermont College to study Criminal Justice and Psychology.

Thanks to Paul Elterlein and Ken Kaphammer for chairing the scholarship committees.

The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut, by Fr. Michael J. McGivney. It is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization with nearly 1.9 million members worldwide. It is also one of the most active charitable organizations in the United States. In the past year, the organization has raised more than $4.4 million for Christian and other religious minority refugees in the Middle East. The Knights also set a new record for charitable giving in Fraternal Year 2014-15 with donations of more than $173.5 million and 71.5 million hours of service to charitable causes. Mother Seton Council contributed $54,200.

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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, Mother Seton Council #5427
79 Pascack Road, Township of Washington, NJ 07676

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:     Jim Dugan
Phone:       201-666-3425

$22,000 Raised for Developmentally Disabled by K of C
with OritaniBANK Charitable Foundation Matching Grant

Township of Washington, NJ, May 23, 2017 –

The Annual Fund Drive, April 21-23, conducted by Mother Seton Council #5427, Knights of Columbus, Township of Washington, raised $22,000 to aid developmentally disabled children and adults. Donations of $12,000 were collected from car to car by Brother Knights. Drivers and passengers at the intersections of Pascack Road and Washington Ave (near Seasons) and Pascack Road and Ridgewood Road (near Bacari Grill) were particularly generous, gracious, and patient. Shoppers at the Washington Town Center responded in similar fashion.

A special thank you goes to Brother Knight Kevin Lynch, Oritani Bank CEO, for the very generous matching grant of $10,000 from the OritaniBank Charitable Foundation, which meant a new record of $22,000, beating last year’s $21,700. Thanks also go to Drive Chairman Ed Garland and the dozens of brother knights who spent hours “shaking the can.”

It has been the tradition of Mother Seton Council to use the donations collected to give back to the local communities from where it came. This year the money raised will be given to the following: ARC of Bergen County, Catholic Community Services, New Concept for Living, New Jersey Special Olympics, Spectrum 360, Spectrum for Living, and The Felician School for Exceptional Children.

Note: The photo attached shows Brother Knights Danny Licini, left, and Kevin Lynch, Oritani Bank CEO.

The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut, by Fr. Michael J. McGivney. It is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization with nearly 1.9 million members worldwide. It is also one of the most active charitable organizations in the United States. In the past year, the organization has raised more than $4.4 million for Christian and other religious minority refugees in the Middle East. The Knights also set new records in 2016 for charitable giving with donations of $175 million and 73.4 million hours of service to charitable causes. Mother Seton Council contributed $60,000.

Applications for membership in the Knights of Columbus are welcome from qualified individuals. For more information call 201-664-0422, or go to our website, www.kofc5427.com.

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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, Mother Seton Council #5427
79 Pascack Road, Township of Washington, NJ 07676

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:     Jim Dugan
Phone:       201-666-3425

K of C College Fundraiser Nets $4,550

Township of Washington, NJ, May 15, 2017–  

On Friday, April 28, Mother Seton Council #5427 of the Knights of Columbus and the Men’s Group from Our Lady of Good Counsel Church sponsored a demonstration by Paul Scardino on the art of making fresh mozzarella cheese at the Council Hall, located at 79 Pascack Road, Washington Township. The event was a fundraiser to support the Rebekah Braun-McGovern College Fund. Rebekah is a freshman, majoring in music and education, at Wagner College in Staten Island. She serves as a cantor at OLGC when she is home and during the summer. When she is not available, her mom Willene fills in. With college costs a big challenge for Rebekah and her single mom, OLGC Deacon Bob Glasner posed the idea of this fundraiser to the OLGC Men’s Group and his brother knights at Mother Seton Council and received immediate support.

The evening started at 7:30 with guests enjoying the fresh mozzarella served in a variety of ways, accompanied by wine and other beverages. Paul gave insights into the nature of the mozzarella making process and demonstrated his skills in this fine art, which have been honed over his lifetime. He also entertained questions from guests as he prepared the cheese. Paul and his wife Mary Ann owned and operated the Italian Riviera in Waldwick from 1966-2001, where his reputation was known throughout Bergen County.

The response was terrific as 88 guests came to support Rebekah and enjoy the evening. Others who could not attend also made donations. A total of $4,550 went to Wagner College to support Rebekah’s college career. Rebekah thanks all who gave their support, especially Deacon Bob Glasner and his wife Janet.

Note: Attached photo shows Rebekah observing Paul do his mozzarella magic.

The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut, by Fr. Michael J. McGivney. It is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization with nearly 1.9 million members worldwide. It is also one of the most active charitable organizations in the United States. In the past year, the organization has raised more than $4.4 million for Christian and other religious minority refugees in the Middle East. The Knights also set new records in 2016 for charitable giving with donations of $175 million and 73.4 million hours of service to charitable causes. Mother Seton Council contributed $60.000,200.

Applications for membership in the Knights of Columbus are welcome from qualified individuals. For more information call 201-664-0422, or go to our website, www.kofc5427.com.

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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, Mother Seton Council #5427
79 Pascack Road, Township of Washington, NJ 07676

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:     Jim Dugan
Phone:       201-666-3425

K of C Honors Community Contributors

Township of Washington, NJ, May 10, 2017–

On Saturday, April 22, Mother Seton Council #5427 of the Knights of Columbus, located at 79 Pascack Road in the Township of Washington, hosted its 14th annual testimonial dinner to honor four individuals who have made significant contributions to the community. The 2017 honorees are:

Matt DeCaux – Religious Educator and Youth Director

Dan Florio – WT Football, Baseball and Basketball

Rich Miras – Ambulance Corps and Zoning Board

Vito Trause – War Hero and Community Role Model

Attending the dinner to present various forms of recognition were representatives from all levels of government, the Knights of Columbus, and Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, our local parish. The government officials were Congressman Josh Gottheimer’s representative Chris Tully, State Senator Gerald Cardinale, Assemblyman Robert Auth’s representative Mike Worner, Township Mayor Janet Sobkowicz, Township Council President Robert Bruno, and Township Councilmen, Peter Calamari and Tom Sears. Knights of Columbus representatives were State Deputy Bruce DeMolli, District Deputy Paul Noonan, and Grand Knight Vinny Vinagre. Rev. Ray Rodrigue and Deacon Bob Glasner represented Our Lady of Good Counsel Church.

The Dinner Ad Journal raised $4,400, which will be distributed to K of C charities, including the favorites of the honorees, which are OLGC Religious Education (DeCaux), Wounded Warriors Project (Florio and Trause), WT Volunteer Ambulance Corps and GROWL (Miras).

     The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut, by Fr. Michael J. McGivney. It is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization with nearly 1.9 million members worldwide. It is also one of the most active charitable organizations in the United States. In the past year, the organization has raised more than $4.4 million for Christian and other religious minority refugees in the Middle East. The Knights also set new records in 2016 for charitable giving with donations of $175 million and 73.4 million hours of service to charitable causes. Mother Seton Council contributed $60,000.

Applications for membership in the Knights of Columbus are welcome from qualified individuals. For more information call 201-664-0422, or go to our website, www.kofc5427.com.

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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, Mother Seton Council #5427
79 Pascack Road, Township of Washington, NJ 07676

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:     Jim Dugan
Phone:       201-666-3425

Bishop Dougherty Scholarship to Michael Dugan

Township of Washington, NJ, May 6, 2017 –

Mother Seton Council #5427 of the Knights of Columbus in the Township of Washington held an Awards Night, April 27, at the Council Hall, 79 Pascack Road, to announce the winner of the K of C State-wide Bishop Dougherty Scholarship, Michael Dugan, of the Township. Michael’s dad, Kevin, is a member of Mother Seton Council, and his grandfather, Jim Dugan, is a Past Grand Knight of the council.

Michael, a senior at Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, will attend Notre Dame to study computer science in the School of Engineering. The Scholarship Committee based its selection on Michael’s academic, athletic, extracurricular, and community service accomplishments. Scholarship Chairman Anthony Bernice noted that Michael had the highest score in the state. He has maintained an A average for four years in mostly advanced courses. In lieu of class on Wednesday, he is serving an internship at Mercedes-Benz in Montvale working on cybersecurity for automotive computers. He earned varsity letters in football for four years, was a captain of the team as a senior, was awarded the Coaches Award for the quality of his play and his leadership, and won all-league honorable mention as a center. He was involved in the Model United Nations program for four years and was responsible for organizing a Model U.N. conference at his school involving 500 high school students. He is a Boy Scout in Washington Township Troop 321 and is currently working on his Eagle Scout project, renovating the outdoor Stations of the Cross at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. He has been an altar server at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church since the fourth grade and is a member of the Confirmation Team. He has worked on the K of C winter and spring food drives throughout his high school years.

            The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut, by Fr. Michael J. McGivney. It is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization with nearly 1.9 million members worldwide. It is also one of the most active charitable organizations in the United States. In the past year, the organization has raised more than $4.4 million for Christian and other religious minority refugees in the Middle East. The Knights also set new records in 2016 for charitable giving with donations of $175 million and 73.4 million hours of service to charitable causes. Mother Seton Council contributed $45,000.Applications for membership in the Knights of Columbus are welcome from qualified individuals. For more information call 201-664-0422, or go to our website, www.kofc5427.com.

Pictured left to right are Grand Knight Vinny Vinagre, Michael, and Scholarship Chairman Anthony Bernice.

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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, Mother Seton Council #5427
79 Pascack Road, Township of Washington, NJ 07676

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:     Jim Dugan

Phone:        201-666-3425       

WINE TASTING BENEFITS LOCAL FAMILIES $15,000

Township of Washington, NJ, April 3, 2017–

Mother Seton Council #5427 of the Knights of Columbus hosted its 8th Annual Wine Tasting fundraiser on Saturday, February 11, to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The event was held at the Council Hall, 79 Pascack Road, Township of Washington, NJ. The evening featured a six-course dinner with complimenting wine and an open bar, all for $80 per person.

A total of $23,000 was raised at this event, of which $15,000 was donated to three local families, Bulger, Hammer, and Skuches, who have young children battling serious illnesses.

After the Council meeting on March 30, Grand Knight Vinny Vinagre welcomed Jennifer Skuches, mother of Grace, and Chris Bulger, father of Joseph, friends, and brother knights to the Awards Night. He said, “It is occasions like this, helping friends in need, that make him proud to be a Knight of Columbus.” John Pimpinella, Columbian Club President and Co-chair of the Wine Tasting Committee, said, “The work they do is a labor of love.” He went on to thank the many couples that form the committee… “The Sullivans, Brunellis, Scorzellis, Licinis, Brophys, Kuzmas, Rappaports…and my wife.” He also thanked the staff that volunteered their time to serve, and to the businesses and individuals who donated cash and gifts for the auctions.

In the pictures, Co-chair Dan Licini, right, presents checks for $5,000 to Jen Skuches and Chris Bulger.  Grand Knight Vinny Vinagre is on the left. The family of Alex Hammer, who were unable to attend because Alex is undergoing treatment, will also receive $5,000.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, Mother Seton Council #5427

79 Pascack Road, Township of Washington, NJ 07676

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:     Jim Dugan

Phone:          201-666-3425

K OF C ST. PATRICK'S FUNDRAISER

Township of Washington, N.J., March 22, 2017–

The Knights of Columbus of Washington Township, Mother Seton Council #5427, held its annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance on Saturday, March 11, from 7 to 11 p.m. at its hall located at 79 Pascack Road. Dinner was the traditional corned beef and cabbage with all the trimmings, including dessert and coffee, and an open bar for the entire evening.

The popular Patsy McLoughlin Irish Dancers performed after dinner. They are wonderful young Irish-American dancers who aspire to compete in Ireland every summer. Mother Seton Council supports their dancing careers. A special treat in recent years has been the appearance of pipers and drummers from the Bergen County Firemen Pipe Band. Many thanks to this wonderful group who are recruited by fellow piper Danny Boyce, who is a knight in Mother Seton Council. Frank DiGiovanni, aka DJ Sound Illusions, provided traditional Irish music and a lively variety for dancing.

The sold-out affair raised $3,200 for the K of C Charity Fund, which donated $45,000 to local charities in 2016 and is on pace to exceed that amount this year. Co-Chairmen Jim Dugan and Paul Kearney thank everyone for their support.

The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut, by Fr. Michael J. McGivney. It is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization with nearly 1.9 million members worldwide. It is also one of the most active charitable organizations in the United States. In the past year, the organization has raised more than $4.4 million for Christian and other religious minority refugees in the Middle East. The Knights also set new records in 2016 for charitable giving with donations of $175 million and 73.4 million hours of service to charitable causes. Mother Seton Council contributed $45,000.

Applications for membership in the Knights of Columbus are welcome from qualified individuals. For more information call 201-664-0422, or go to our website, www.kofc5427.com.

Pictured are a few of the young Patsy McLoughlin Irish Dancers.

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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, Mother Seton Council #5427

79 Pascack Road, Township of Washington, NJ 07676

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:     Jim Dugan

Phone:          201-666-3425            

K of C annual CHRISTMAS PARTY

Township of Washington, NJ, December 5, 2016 –

Santa and Mrs. Claus opening presents for happy childrenMother Seton Council #5427 of the Washington Township Knights of Columbus held its annual Christmas Party for members and guests in the community. In the Christmas tradition of sharing, the council invited Spectrum for Living, a New Jersey not-for-profit organization that helps adults with developmental disabilities attain their maximum potential by providing quality housing and clinical services in state-of-the-art facilities and in the homes of families caring for a disabled loved one. The 2016 Christmas Party took place on Sunday, December 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the K of C Hall, 79 Pascack Road, Township of Washington, NJ. 

Special events included fun for children courtesy of “Call Us Clowns” and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, who distributed gifts to the boys and girls. The K of C Hall was decorated for the occasion. The log fireplace was ablaze to add to the atmosphere of the occasion and light refreshments were served.

 

Long-time chairman of the event, Paul Elterlein, thanks “Call Us Clowns” and the special couple who played Santa and Mrs. Claus for making the day a memorable one. He also thanks his brother knights who decorated the hall and beautiful Christmas Tree and served the refreshments.

      The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut, by Fr. Michael J. McGivney. It is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization with nearly 1.9 million members worldwide. It is also one of the most active charitable organizations in the United States. In the past year, the organization has raised more than $4.4 million for Christian and other religious minority refugees in the Middle East. The Knights also set a new record for charitable giving in 2014 with donations of more than $173.5 million and 71.5 million hours of service to charitable causes. In 2014 Mother Seton Council contributed $54,200.

Applications for membership in the Knights of Columbus are welcome from qualified individuals. For more information call 201-664-0422, or go to our website, www.kofc5427.com.

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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, Mother Seton Council #5427

79 Pascack Road, Township of Washington, NJ 07676

  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:     Jim Dugan

Phone:          201-666-3425

 

K of c FOOD drive ANOTHER success

Township of Washington, NJ, December 7, 2016 –

 

Mother Seton Council #5427of the Knights of Columbus of the Township of Washington, NJ, held its annual winter food drive on Saturday, December 3, in the Township. Chuck Merlo, Food Drive Co-Chairman, said, “This was another successful food drive. Our residents were once again their usual generous selves donating more than 350 bags of food and non-perishable items and a record $865 in cash.”

 

The knights delivered the goods to the Helping Hands Food Pantry in Hillsdale. Theresa Sayers, Helping Hands food drive coordinator, thanked Chuck saying, “Thanks again for a wonderful food drive. The pantry shelves were bare, but we do a great job restocking them twice a year to help many in need. I want to thank you again for all the men you brought to help out. God bless you and have a Merry Christmas.”

Lois Kohan, Helping Hands founder, added, “I personally want to thank you and the Knights of Columbus for the terrific food drive you had for our pantry.  You all are the greatest and always have a most successful drive and help us feed over 450 people in the Pascack Valley area each month.  We truly appreciate what you do for us.  May Our Lord bless you all with peace, joy, love, and hope over the Christmas season and in the New Year.”

Chuck thanks all who donated and his brother knights and the boy scouts from Troop 321 who worked on the drive. He also gives special thanks to Kevin Lynch, chairman of Oritani Bank. The OritaniBank Charitable Foundation contributed $1,000 to cover the cost of printing and mailing the food drive flyer to all Township residents. Another special thank you goes to Pascack Press for both co-sponsoring the drive and its outstanding publicity.

 

The picture, taken outside the Pfliegler Pavilion at the Council, shows a sampling of the donations and the knights and young helpers who did the collecting.

            The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882 at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut, by Fr. Michael J. McGivney. It is the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization with nearly 1.9 million members worldwide. It is also one of the most active charitable organizations in the United States. In the past year, the organization has raised more than $4.4 million for Christian and other religious minority refugees in the Middle East. The Knights also set new records in 2015 for charitable giving with donations of $175 million and 73.4 million hours of service to charitable causes. Mother Seton Council contributed $54,200.

Applications for membership in the Knights of Columbus are welcome from qualified individuals. For more information call 201-664-0422, or go to our website, www.kofc5427.com.

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