Hana Johnson, a 20 year old daughter of brother Knight Troy Johnson was diagnosed with cancer in February 2017. Meadow Lake Council 5259 partnered with the Sask Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation in the “Hope for Hana” project. This project brought together the Meadow Lake community, family and friends in raising funds to assist the Johnson family in covering the extensive medical treatments required to combat Hana’s unique form of cancer.
After a courageous battle, Hana lost her fight and passed away on February 3rd, 2018. May she rest in peace.
Murray Campbell Fund – Archbishop O’Neill Council 8896 – Regina – Brother Murray is a Past Grand Knight of Council 8896 and Past State Special Olympics Chair. He is a self employed courier driver within the city of Regina. Murray has been fighting cancer for some time and is now unable to work.
Archbishop O’Neill Council 8896 in Regina is taking a lead role to assist Brother Murray during this difficult time. The Sask K of C Charitable Foundation is partnering in raising funds to help cover his personal and home expenses. The Council will be initiating fundraising initiatives as well as encouraging individual members to offer financial contributions.
We ask you to remember Murray in your prayers. This project will continue until March 31, 2018.
The Sask K of C Charitable Foundation would like to thank our Councils and membership for their ongoing generosity and support. Our Foundation has achieved over $3.5 million in assets. Total donations for 2017 have reached a total of $203,002.00 with 77 Councils or 54% of total Councils having made a donation. We are very pleased with the total contributions, however, it would be very re-warding to see 100% Council participation and support. To view the donation totals of all Councils, view our website www.saskkofcfoundation.com and hit “Council Targets” on the Home page. The Foundation provides financial assistance to projects and organizations that support our Catholic faith as well as improve the quality of life for the less fortunate within our communities. Applications for requesting funding through our annual grant program can be found on our website. Closing date for applications is January 15th, 2018. We ask that you make qualifying organizations within your community aware.
The Foundation also partners with Councils in raising funds for specific individual needs through Contingency Projects throughout the year.
We are proud to offer fourteen $1000.00 Bursaries in support of post secondary education each year. The Adrienne & Mervyn Welter Education Endowment provides three $1,000.00 Bursaries to each of our Catholic Universities (St. Peter’s – Muenster; St Tomas Moore – Saskatoon; Campion – Regina). The Foundation also offers a $1,000.00 Bursary to a student at each of the four Sask Polytechnic Campus (Regina, Moose Jaw, Saskatoon, Prince Albert). This year we are also introducing a Bursary for a student enrolled at St. Teresa College in Bruno.
Applicants for every Bursary must be either a Knight, spouse, child or grandchild of a Knight of Columbus. Unfortunately we have not had sufficient applications in the past to award all Bursaries. Please ensure that your child or grandchild is aware that these applications can be found on each University &/or Sask Polytechnic website.
Memorial donations to the Foundation are an excellent method of expressing sympathy of loss of a loved one to the family. If the family indicates the Foundation as a “Charity of Choice” on their obituary, envelops should be available at the funeral home. Otherwise, send the donation to the Foundation and please include the name of the deceased together with the name and address of the spouse or next of Kin. Upon receipt of the donation, the deceased member’s name will be placed on our website for a year and included within our Memorial Mass celebration. The Foundation will also for-ward a certificate to the spouse or next of kin indicating that you and/or your Council has made a do-nation (no amount is shown) and a mass will be offered on their behalf. In support of Memorial donations, the State Convention in 2017 approved a Resolution that each Council will provide a $100.00 Memorial donation to the Sask K of C Foundation in the name of each member that passes away within their Council.
Endowments are an excellent vehicle to create a legacy in the name of your family or as a memorial for a deceased family member. Each year, the family that establishes the Endowment can direct the earnings to their recipient of choice as part of the Grant allocation process. Please contact our office or any Board of Director if you wish further information.
As we celebrate Christ’s entry into the world, may we be ever mindful of the needs of others. May you and your family enjoy a very Merry Blessed and Safe Christmas Season.
The Sask K of C Charitable Foundation Appreciation Gala was held in Humboldt on November 18th, 2017. The Board of Directors were very pleased that a capacity crowd, with representation from throughout the province, were in attendance at the event.
The evening began with a Memorial Mass Celebration at St. Peters Cathedral in Muenster. Sask K of C Foundation Chaplain Father Tonny Dizy was the main celebrant for this special celebration dedicated to the memory of those remembered through the Memorial Donation program offered by the Charitable Foundation.
The attendees then moved to St Augustine’s Hall in Humboldt for the banquet.
Following dinner, guest speaker Father Warren Dungen, Pastor St. Josephat Ukrainian Catholic Church in Kamsack shared his experiences entering the Seminary later in life as a married man. He expressed his sincere gratitude for the support that the Sask K of C Charitable Foundation and our donors provided during his term within the Seminary.
Harvey Granatier, Sask K of C Charitable Foundation President & CEO then expressed appreciation to all donors in attendance on behalf of the Board of Directors. He also presented appreciation awards to donors of the three most recent Endowment Funds:
- Marty & Clare Schneider Family Endowment
- John & Beatrice Sidloski Family Endowment
- Father Tonny Dizy & Father Gary Kuntz Indigenous Non Indigenous Relations Endowment
The evening concluded with fraternity and socializing among the attendees.