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2020-2021 Community Awards

Outstanding Community Activity – “A” Division

Title: Pandemic Food Drive

Our local community food cupboards were in great need due to the COVID-19 pandemic and at the request of our parish food cupboard organizer, council Chaplain and Grand Knight, our council held a food drive on Saturday, May 2nd at all parish worship sites. Following all CDC guidelines, 22 Brother Knights and their families arrived to help place totes in which for donors to drive up and place their items. They then arranged the items in the containers for distribution. Local television news crews covered this great event, which raised over 1,200 pounds of food and $700 for local food pantries in four towns. The outstanding activity in the “A” division goes to Pine Cone Council 114, Bangor.

 

Outstanding Community Activity – “A” Division

Title: Virtual Claws for a Cause

Our annual lobster dinner, which raises $2,500 for the local food pantry, fell victim to the pandemic this year. As the need was even greater than ever, our council decided to hold a virtual event this year, to which our council kicked in an initial $1,000. Over the next several weeks we placed notices in the parish bulletin, and our local weekly paper was kind enough to cover the event. Almost immediately donations poured in from our council, parish, community and local businesses. The week before Thanksgiving, we presented a check for a record amount $4,350, covering the food pantry’s need for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The outstanding activity in the “A” division goes to Monsignor William Cunneen Council 10020, North Windham.

 

Outstanding Community Activity – “B” Division

Title: Haddock Dinners

For the past 14 years, our council holds haddock dinners each Friday of Lent, raising about $6,000 a year. This is our main fundraiser. After we served three dinners in 2020, COVID-19 canceled the rest. Since the need continued, our Grand Knight and several Past Grand Knights decided to hold drive-through dinners the third Friday of each month from December to March. With March still to come, we have raised almost $6,500 to help our Brother Knights, seminarians, Special Olympics, and several other youth and community groups. Thanks to this dinner, we LEAVE NO NEIGHBOR BEHIND. The outstanding activity in the “B” division goes to Saint Anne Council 10221 Gorham

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Outstanding Community Activity – “B” Division

Title: Haddock Dinners

For the past 14 years, our council holds haddock dinners each Friday of Lent, raising about $6,000 a year. This is our main fundraiser. After we served three dinners in 2020, COVID-19 canceled the rest. Since the need continued, our Grand Knight and several Past Grand Knights decided to hold drive-through dinners the third Friday of each month from December to March. With March still to come, we have raised almost $6,500 to help our Brother Knights, seminarians, Special Olympics, and several other youth and community groups. Thanks to this dinner, we LEAVE NO NEIGHBOR BEHIND. The outstanding activity in the “B” division goes to Saint Anne Council 10221,

 

 

Supreme Award

Title: Game Meat for Food Pantry

One of our Brother Knights is a licensed butcher who along with his son, also a member of our council, provides services for local sportsmen and the Maine Warden Service. This year, they butchered an illegally harvested deer and young moose the Warden Service had brought in to hold as evidence. When the evidence was not requested by the court, the Warden Service decided to give the meat to our Brother Knight. He immediately donated the meat to our parish food pantry, which they enthusiastically accepted. He truly chose to Leave No Neighbor Behind. The Supreme Community Activity Award goes to Saint Martin of Tours Council 680, Millinocket.

 

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