Knights of Columbus Council members Larry Cannon and Clay Reece went to The Exceptional Foundation on Thursday, March 5, 2015 to present a check to the organization's Executive Director Tricia Clark.
The money was from proceeds collected during the Council's 2014 Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities (Tootsie Roll Drive).
The Exceptional Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Homewood, was formed in 1993 and serves mentally and physically challenged individuals in the Birmingham area. They provide services to individuals with special needs who have reached the age of 21 who no longer receive services from schools systems.
The Knights are proud to support this great organization and the work that they do.
Since its inception in 1991, Knights of Columbus Council 10567 has been an active participant in raising money to help the mentally challenged citizens in our community. Collecting for the Tootsie Roll drive has become a primary event during the fraternal year that all Knights in Council 10567 look forward to.
The drive, which is sponsored annually by the Knights of Columbus, is designed to raise money for children or adults with special needs. Knights have collected money at various locations over the years. The program is known to many as the "Tootsie Roll Drive", since Knights usually give away Tootsie Rolls while collecting donations.
The Knights of Columbus is the world's largest Catholic lay organization. We are celebrated for standing in solidarity with our priests and bishops and for our unwavering support for life. We provide members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, their communities, families, and young people. With more than 1.8 million members in more than 14,000 Councils around the world, the Knights of Columbus annually donates more than $150 million and 70 million hours of service to charitable causes.