The Storm Lake Knights of Columbus have raised over $4,800 for programs that aid citizens with intellectual disabilities - an increase of about $1,800 from a year ago.
The KC's announced the results of their first Omelette Breakfast and Silent Auction event held Sept. 30, which replaces a car show as the group's major fundraising event.
Ten percent of proceeds go to the Iowa State Council for the Knight of Columbus for efforts to help Iowans with intellectual disabilities. Both Genesis Development work activity program and Faith, Hope & Charity residential program for children in Storm Lake have been among the recipients of the state funds.
The remaining 90 percent of the revenue from the fundraiser is directly spent locally for Genesis, FH&C, Storm Lake Special Education and Special Olympics programs.
Storm Lake native and professional baseball athlete Eric Wordekemper served as honorary chair of the event. His appearance signing baseballs helped make the fundraiser a success, the Knights said. Eric's father Dale donated the baseballs.
The Storm Lake public schools donated food.
Major contributors included KAYL, Liberty Foods, the Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune, E&M Furniture and Bedding, Lake Creek Country Club, Security Trust and Savings Bank, Taylor Contracting, BV Manor, Kuehl & Payer, Fitzpatrick Auto Center, Benchmark Woodworks, Steve and Diane Hamilton and T.H. Fitzpatrick. Dozens of other individuals and businesses made additional donations to aid in the success of an event that is planned to become an annual tradition for Council #2326.