NORWALK, Conn. -- The Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 held its Fifth Annual Columbus Macaroni Dinner recently in St. Matthew Parish’s Masterpool Great Room in Norwalk.
More than 180 friends and family enjoyed a fine Italian meal to honor those recognized for their accomplishments during the past 2015-16 fraternal year.Among those honored were Deputy Grand Knight Anthony Armentano; the Council Knight of the Year Award; the Cossuto Family, Council Family of the Year;, and the Mitchell Family, Parish Family of the year.
“Brother Anthony was a big part of helping me run the council, and I appreciate all he has done," said Immediate Past Grand Knight George Ribellino, Jr. "The Cossuto and Mitchell families are great families of faith and charity and do it with a quiet dignity."
Among the awards were also a few tributes that brought smiles and tears, according to a release from the council.
The Council Appreciation Award was given to Past Faithful Navigator Ed McGettigan, who died suddenly on July 6. To honor his memory, Ribellino presented the award to McGettigan's wife, Cathy, and from here on out, the award will be named in McGettigan's, the release said.
Additionally, Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo honored council supporter and St. Matthew parishioner Joan Scribner, who died on Oct. 9. Criscuolo wore the official maroon winter jacket that St. Matthew ushers wore at the dinner. Criscuolo is an usher, as was Scribner.
“She saved me when I was asked to be lead usher for Christmas Eve 4 p.m. Mass in 2010," Criscuolo recalled. “I was a ball of nerves and Joan came and relaxed me. That’s how she was, full of confidence and faith.”
The council raised around $2,000 for the council charitable fund, which will help St. Matthew parish, Al’s Angels, Homes for the Brave, Malta House, All Saints Catholic School and Notre Dame Convalescent Home.
Also, around 500 pounds of food was collected for the St. Matthew food pantry from the guests attending the dinner. Any guest who brought a bag of food was entered into a door prize raffle to win an Italian-themed basket made and donated by Brother Joe Giandurco’s wife, Alice.
For more information about The Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360, visit saintmatthewknights.com.
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