BC Knights and Seafood Fest donate to Children’s HospitalOct 19th, 2011 | By Terri Sercovich | Category: community
Charity is a very important aspect to two groups in Plaquemines Parish: the Belle Chasse Knights of Columbus and the Plaquemines Parish Seafood Festival.
Realizing the benefits and potential of a partnership between the two, the Seafood Festival gave the Knights of Columbus an opportunity to participate in the Festival for what would become one of their best fundraising events of each year. By working several booths every year, the KCs have been able to greatly increase the amount of money they can donate to charities. These two organizations, with a common purpose and goal, have come together to donate $5,500 to Children’s Hospital.
“We see a lot of kids,” said Roger Gorman, Director of Development for Children’s Hospital. In fact, in just 2011, the hospital recorded 175,000 patient visits, he said, with its policy of never turning a child away due to financial circumstances.
The donation will help cover costs of the hospital’s new helicopter, which has already transported 170 kids to the facility who could not wait for more traditional means of transportation.
“We couldn’t do that if we didn’t have friends like you,” said Gorman. “When I look at what this parish has gone through in the past six years, it is truly remarkable to me that you folks are reaching out to help others.”
The Plaquemines Parish Seafood Festival was established in 2005 to promote Plaquemines Parish and its local seafood industry, businesses, and vendors, with the intent to give all profits to charity. The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic Men’s fraternal organization that supports their church and the local community, and creates a strong brotherhood amongst its members. Both organizations work very hard to earn the money they give back to the community.