Saturday, August 6, 2016 was a great day for many Knights and their families at the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven. Immediate Past Grand Knight George Ribellino and Immediate Past Financial Secretary Anthony Armentano spoke about Council 14360’s numerous achievements over the last fraternal year, including the recognition it received for its community outreach and the Star Council award that the council earned. New Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo addressed the council on the exciting upcoming fraternal year! Great job by all!
The battle was waged on Reef Road in Fairfield, but the champion prevailed.
There was a lot of competition from many other fine cooks, but the 2015 Chili Knight Out “Chili Cook-Off” champion came through again.
On a rainy day, Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 held their Second Annual Chili Cook Off fundraiser at Saugatuck Sweets in Fairfield. Nine Knights from the council and two guests cooked 11 chili entries, ranging from super spicy to scrumptiously sweet. Defending Champion and Past Grand Knight George Ribellino did it again. With more than 35 votes counted by the sampling judges for the best, hottest and best-named recipes, Ribellino, council supporters Nona Rudd & Nadia Cossuto, and Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo won the best chili awards respectively. In addition, William Scholl won best-named chili and Nona Rudd won for hottest chili. More importantly, a total of $500 in donations was collected and will be donated to Al’s Angels.
“Once again I was happy to see the number of chili cooks & judges who came out on a rainy day to help our Knights of Columbus council support Al’s Angels during our second annual chili cook-off, said Committee Chairman Erric Moretti. “The competition this year was truly fierce and it’s amazing the amount of support that we receive from the community when we hold a “fun-raiser” like this one. It’s even better when we present a sizable donation to a charity such as Al’s Angels.”
Criscuolo was pleased with everyone’s effort, despite the wet weather. “The weather worked against us, but instead of quitting we banded together and adapted to the surroundings and still put on a great event for both Al’s Angels, the council and the Fairfield community.
The mission of Al’s Angels is to provide holiday meals and gifts to children battling cancer, rare blood diseases and severe financial hardship. Please visit www.alsangels.org for more information.
The goals of the Knights of Columbus Council at Saint Matthew Church in Norwalk is to perform acts of charity, providing those in need with a range of support from financial to tactical help in dealing with a wide variety of challenges. Council members work together to foster the founding principles of our order: Charity, Unity, Fraternity & Patriotism. Our goal as a council is to continue to identify specific needs in our community and muster support and help to alleviate these challenges and hardships to the best of our abilities and resources.
There will be delicious chili to sample, and for a good cause, at Saugatuck Sweets in Fairfield this Saturday evening, July 30, as Knights of Columbus Council 14360 holds its second annual Chili Cook-off from 5:30-9:30 p.m.
This year’s event will benefit Al’s Angels and a number of other worthy local charities.
Council 14360’s Past Grand Knight George Ribellino, an upset winner in last year’s competition, will be back to defend his crown, but a number of his Brother Knights have their “eyes on the prize” and fully expect to dethrone him.
“My secret recipe was the key at last summer’s competition,” reflected Ribellino. “I think my fellow Knights are underestimating my chances to repeat!”
Past Grand Knight George Ribellino and his competition pictured at last year’s chili cook-off.
You can enjoy some fabulous chili and help decide who gets this year’s bragging rights by stopping by Saugatuck Sweets (28 Reef Road, Fairfield) on Saturday night. By making a small donation, you’ll be able to help some great causes, plus sample some delicious chili and vote for your favorite. Voting will determine the top three chilis, as well as the chili with the best name! There will also be a “fire alarm” award for the hottest chili!
Hope to see you there!
Recently, a number of Brothers from Council 14360 donned their aprons and barbecue mitts in order to help support the youth of St. Matthew Church in Norwalk.
On Sunday, June 12, a group of Knights volunteered to host a year-end barbecue for the CREW, the youth group of St. Matthew Church.
Then on Sunday, July 10, the Council hosted a barbecue lunch for all of the young pilgrims (and their families) of the Bridgeport Diocese who will be attending World Youth Day in Poland this month.
In both cases, a good time was had by all (both those who helped serve and those who were served). “It was an honor for our Council to help support the youth of St. Matthew and the Bridgeport Diocese by helping put on these events,” stated Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo. “These young people are the future of the Church, and we are always ready to support them in any way we can.”
Many thanks to all of the Brother Knights and family members who helped make these events successful!
Knights of Columbus councils are known for serving the greater good of their parishes and their communities, and many times they work as individual councils. Recently, Councils 14360 at St. Matthew Norwalk and 11077 at Our Lady of the Assumption Fairfield realized that if they joined together to work on a major project, they could do even more for both of their parishes and communities. This realization led to the two councils working together to turn a beautiful June Monday into a day to remember for almost 150 people.
The two councils joined together to host the 1st Annual Sword & Shield Charity Golf Classic on June 13. On what could arguably be called a perfect Monday at Brownson Country Club in the Huntington section of Shelton, 95 golfers enjoyed breakfast before heading out to play 18 holes of golf and finished the day with and a great dinner. Both councils worked hard for nearly a year to raise funds for the organizations their councils support.
Representatives from two of the organizations were present at the event. ABRI/Homes for the Brave, has provided safe housing, vocational training and job placement, mental health and addiction services, and life skills coaching to help individuals, especially Veterans, leave homelessness behind. Members of Malta House’s board attended and golfed in the event. Malta House promotes the dignity of God-given life by providing a nurturing home environment, support services and independent living skills to pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths and their children.
Vince Santilli, CEO of Homes of the Brave attended the dinner and said “As a Knight of Columbus for over 31 years, I could not have been more proud to see this great tournament put on by two wonderful Councils. All of us at Homes for the Brave are so grateful and appreciative of the support from my Brother Knights.” Council 14360’s Grand Knight George Ribellino said “The #1 goal was to raise funds for the charities that need it. Homes for the Brave and Malta House are two wonderful organizations that simply want to help those in need.” This was a special day for Ribellino, as his three-year term as Grand Knight ends on June 30th, so this event was his last major undertaking. “It is bittersweet for me but at the same time the council will continue to flourish under our next Grand Knight, Scott Criscuolo,” he said.
Criscuolo has been George’s Deputy Grand Knight the past three years and he couldn’t have been more pleased with how the day unfolded. “Everyone enjoyed the sunshine and great golf conditions. However, most importantly, I was consistently told by those that came, that knowing where the funds were going made them feel good,” said Criscuolo.
Co-Chairman Greg Matera from Council 11077 was also thrilled with how things went. “It was an honor to be a part of the First Annual Sword and Shield Golf Classic. As a Knight we strive to bring good to those in need and to do it in a way that exemplifies the spirit, faith and respect of being a part of this great organization. Looking forward to building upon what we have started and continuing to grow this event for many years to come.”
Since the event was such a success, the Knights Councils have booked the 2nd Annual Sword & Shield Classic on June 12, 2017 at Brownson Country Club in Huntington, CT.
Other organizations the councils help support include Al’s Angels, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Friends of CT Fisher House, Disabled American Veterans, and Notre Dame Convalescent Home.
With more than 1.8 million members, the Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic lay organization. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, the community, families, and young people. In 2015 the Knights of Columbus at all levels of the organization raised and distributed over $175 million to charity and rendered 73.4 million hours of volunteer service. Go to saintmatthewknights.com for more info.
For more information on Homes for the Brave go to Homesforthebrave.org and for Malta House go to Maltahouse.org.
Some Knights of Council 14360, along with their families and friends, recently took a break from their busy schedules to head to the ballpark. Palisades Credit Union Park in Pomona, NY, home of the Rockland Boulders, was where it all happened. There was good food, postgame fireworks, and of course some fun baseball to watch as the Boulders took on a team of Japanese All-Stars.