Metro Dining Club Cards Fundraiser. Over the past several years the Knights have sold Metro Dining Club Cards to members of St. Gerard’s community. Those individuals who have purchased the cards can use them at participating restaurants in the north metro area for dining specials such as 2 for 1 or special savings. A list of participating restaurants can be seen by contacting us to review the cards included.
Pancake Breakfast. The Knights hold several pancake breakfasts throught the year to raise funds for a variety of charitable purposes, some of which include:
- St. Gerard’s Youth mission trips
- Coats for Kids programs
- Global Wheelchair Mission
- St. Gerard’s Parish helping hands program
- St. Gerard’s Parish repairs and renovations
- Food for Families program
- Seminarian and Religious support
Steak Fry. The Council’s has held an annual Steak Fry in the fall. This is a great opportunity to get together with fellow Knights and families to enjoy a good meal and great company and conversation. Please look for next years Steak Fry and plan to attend for the fellowship and food.
Special Olympics. The Knights have participated in and helped fund several Special Olympics events, including the Softball and Bowling tournaments. The Fall Bowling Classic is an annual event that is a great opportunity to see how money rasied through the Tootsie Roll Campaing is used as well as meet some of the talented athelets who participate in the sport of bowling. Plan to volunteer and have a great time.
Tootsie Roll Drive. The Knights as part of the brotherhood of Knights throughout the country participate in the annual Tootsie Roll drive in April. This event is used to raise money for the mentally and physically handicapped youths and adults. Money raised from the tootsie rolls is turned back to various agencies within the Twin Cities who support those members of the community challenged by physical or mental abilities.
Soup Supper. Chef Ken and crew provide a number of Soup suppers throughout the year. These events are an opportunity to share in fellowship with brother Knights as well as with our Parish members at large. This is a great opportunity to share a meal with community after sharing in the Eucharist.
Cleanup. The Knights have been instrumental in providing a number of services to the Parish community. This includes cleanup and beautification of the grounds. The grotto outside the rectory has been redone with new fencing and plants. The Church grounds have been cleaned in spring and fall. The storage garage siding was completed. The Knights have been instrumental in helping to remove the snow on weekends from the sidewalks to keep access to the Church free and clear.
KC Free Throw Contest. Each year the Knights sponser a local Free Throw contest. Youth from the parish and surrounding community are invited to participate in shooting free throws. Winners in each age group from 9 – 14, both boys and girls get a chance to participate at the District level, then State level.
KC Bar-B-Que. The Knights put on their first Bar-B-Que as a thank you to the Parishoners of St. Gerard in May 2006. This was held after a 5:00 p.m. Mass and was so successful it has become an annual tradition as a way to thank all the parishoners of St. Gerard’s for thier support of the Knight’s activities and fund raisers throughout the year. Look for the next one coming up in the spring of the year.
St. Gerard Corn Fest. Each year the Knights work together to help raise funds for the Parish of St. Gerard’s at the annual Corn Fest. The Knights sponsor the Bingo tent (now in St. Francis Hall) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Corn Fest. All proceeds from the Bingo go toward the Parish general revenue fund.
St. Gerard St. Patrick Day Auction. The Council takes an active role of assisting with the St. Patrick Day Auction on the years it is held. The Knights work in various roles the night of the event to help successfully raise money for the Parish.
Rosary Distribution. The Knights have distributed finger Rosaries to parishoners after the masses in preparation of the Month of Mary (May).