3rd Annual Patriot Dinner raises funds for Female Veterans and Youth Program

Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 donated dinner proceeds to Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes and the Norwalk Public Safety Cadets

Check out the article on the Diocese of Bridgeport website

NORWALK, Conn. – The Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick 4th Degree Assembly No. 100 recently hosted its 3rd Annual Patriot Dinner on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Knights Hall next to St. Ann Club in Norwalk.  The dinner raised over $2,000 for veterans at Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes and the Norwalk Public Safety Cadets.  In addition, a portion of the funds raised was will help the Knights of Columbus purchase new t-shirts/supplies for the Cadet Post.

The dinner was a sell out with around 110 guests which included members of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and members of the Knights of Columbus.  The title sponsor for the dinner was Assembly member Sir Knight AJ Cossuto and his company AJ’s Landscaping, LLC. 

“I am so appreciative of Brother AJ Cossuto and his company AJ’s Landscaping for being a sponsor which helped offset the costs so we can donate a more funds to our female veterans”, said Assembly 100 Faithful Navigator George Ribellino, Jr.

Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes (FS: FH) a program from Homes for the Brave is Connecticut’s first and only community-based transitional home exclusively for homeless female Veterans and their young children. Housed at the Nicholas A. Madaras Home, FS:FH provides ten beds for female Veterans and five beds, when available, for their young children.

Since opening in 2011, the program helps female Veterans by meeting their needs for a safe, secure home and adequate food, and by empowering residents to move forward with their long-term goals: obtaining permanent housing, achieving financial stability, and working toward greater self-determination. Each resident works with a Case Manager to develop personal, housing, and employment goals. ABRI vocational staff coach residents in the job search process, including resume writing, interview techniques, computer training, and other life skills.

The PFC Nicholas A. Madaras Home is named in tribute to a young soldier from Wilton, Connecticut. The organization Nick’s family and friends developed in his memory, Kick for Nick, was an integral part of making the vision for FS: FH a reality. Visit kickfornick.org to learn more about Nick Madaras, Kick for Nick, and the collaboration that has helped over 100 women Veterans regain their independence to date.

The guest speaker was Homes for the Brave board member and veteran Juliet Taylor. She spoke of her time in the service as well as adjusting to civilian life after being injured in battle and dealing with PTSD.   In 2002 Staff Sergeant Juliet Taylor enlisted in the US Army. After her initial training, Juliet was mobilized and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II. She was medically retired in 2014. She spends her day working in the community as an avid Veteran Advocate and a Reintegration Support Specialist while earning her degree in Public Health.

Juliet continues to serve her community through several non-profit organizations: Am Vet, Post 43; DAV Chapter 13; Operation Gift Cards; Habitat for Heroes Fairfield Coastal County; Female Soldier Forgotten Heroes: Homes for the Brave; Trumbull Rotary; and VFW Post 10059.

“Many, many thanks to the Knights of Columbus for inviting me to speak at last night’s dinner. The pleasure was all mine. It was an enormous privilege to have been given the opportunity to address this great community which supports Veterans in their need to make a strong transition back to civilian society. The love and admiration I received was overwhelming and inspiring,” said Taylor.

Ribellino had a vision of a fundraiser once a year for a specific Veterans or Law Enforcement Organization when elected to lead the Assembly in September 2016. “One of my goals when I took over as the Faithful Navigator of the Assembly was to assist an organization that works and helps our veterans and our law enforcement”, he said.  Assembly Member Al Latte was in charge of the catering part of the dinner. Ribellino went on the say “I am so appreciative of Brother Al for being in charge of the kitchen. I am thankful for him and the Brother Knights and members of St Ann Club who prepared a delicious Italian meal.

In addition, Assembly 100 wanted to do something for the youth and future leaders in our community so they decided to help the young men and woman in the Norwalk Public Safety Cadets Post 1913.

“My daughter is a member of the Norwalk Public Safety Cadets and I see the program has done for her by helping her grow into a disciplined young lady, so we’re thrilled to help such a great group of young adults,” said Ribellino.

The Norwalk Public Safety Cadets assisted with serving and clean up. Ribellino went on to say, “I was so impressed at how the Cadets jumped right in and made the attendees feel right at home. I am so grateful for the help they provided. We were happy to return the favor with the donation of Post t-shirts and supplies for their hard and exemplary work.”

Public Safety Cadet Advisor, Norwalk Police Officer Chris Holms acknowledged the crew of cadets by having them come up to the podium while he spoke of the program and how proud he is of the hard work and dedication they give to the program and community.

The Public Safety Cadet program is a shared program between the Norwalk Police and Fire Departments for youth ages 13-20. This program gives youth the opportunity to learn about both departments, while participating in community service and learning leadership.

At the end of the evening Ribellino presented a check for $1500 to Taylor and Elizabeth Gorenbergh from Homes for the Brave.

“Homes for the Brave is so proud of Board Member Taylor, who gave an awesome presentation as the Guest Speaker for the Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick Assembly’s Patriot Day Dinner. In addition, we are incredibly grateful to Bishop Fenwick Assembly for this remarkable contribution to our Female House, the PFC Nicholas A. Madaras Home for Female Veterans, and for the Assembly’s amazing support of our organization throughout the year,” said Vince Santilli, CEO Homes for the Brave.

3 New Sir Knights become members of the Patriotic Degree and Assembly 100

On Sunday, May 5, 2019 79 new Sir Knights were exemplified into the 4th Degree of the Knights of Columbus at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Hamden, CT. Three of the 79 new Sir Knights are new members to Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100.

The Assembly is honored to welcome Sir Knights Christopher Lau, Jim McCourt and Harrison Valante.  All 3 Sir Knights are from Westport Council No. 3688.  God Bless and we look forward to them making the Assembly stronger by helping us promote patriotism and defending our Catholic Faith.

79 new 4th Degree Knights exemplified in the CT District of the Bishop Healy Province at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church in Hamden
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Assembly 100 in the house!
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SK Walter Avitabile, SK Jon Starr, new SK Harrison, Valante, SK George Ribellino, Jr., SK Scott Criscuolo, SK Giuseppe Pampena, SK Ralph Burke, new SK Chris Lau

Assembly 100 honored to serve in colors for the Diocese of Bridgeport Divine Mercy Mass celebrated by Bishop Caggiano

On Sunday, April 28, members of the Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 Color Corps provided an honor guard for the annual Diocese of Bridgeport Divine Mercy Mass at St. Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport.

Mercy is not simply teaching and preaching the truth, it is about becoming ‘believable messengers’ who represent the living presence of God’s love in the world,” Bishop Frank J. Caggiano said at the Divine Mercy Mass at St. Augustine Cathedral on Sunday afternoon. After his homily the bishop presided over the admission of seminarian Jim Divasto to Candidacy for Holy Orders. Divasto will begin his theological studies in the Fall and hopes to be ordained in four and a half years.

Assembly 100 Color Corps-Diocese of Bridgeport Divine Mercy Mass-photo-Diocese of Bridgeport
Bishop Caggiano celebrating the Diocese of Bridgeport Divine Mercy Mass at St. Augustine Cathedral photo-Diocese of Bridgeport

Assembly 100 marches in 4th Annual Norwalk Emerald Society St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Assembly 100 was honored to march in Norwalk Police Emerald Society St Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 9, 2019.  Great job by the Norwalk Police Emerald Society for organizing a great day.  God Bless all of our police, fire and first responders.

Thanks to all the Sir Knights who took part in the parade.  Congratulations to new Color Corps member Jimmy Booth for doing a great job in his first event.

SK Pat McBrien and SK Anthony Cossuto-photo credit-Erik Trautmann-The Hour
L to R-SK Tim Horne and FN George Ribellino

Color Corps Commander Scott J. Criscuolo leading the Assembly 100 Color Corps –
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Color Corps getting ready to step off for the parade
SK Jimmy Booth marching for the first time in his brand new 4th Degree Uniform
L to R-SK Mark Ludwig and SK Mike Colaluca

Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 attends 122 Annual Catholic Club Lincoln Day Banquet


An Assembly tradition: Assembly 100 provided an Honor Guard for The Catholic Club Annual Lincoln Day Banquet! We were so honored to be a part of the 122nd Banquet At Waters Edge At Giovanni’s in Darien.

Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 honored by the Supreme with Civic Award for promoting Patriotism and assisting our Veterans

 

NORWALK, Conn. – Knights of Columbus’ Bishop Fenwick 4th Assembly #100 has been awarded the Supreme Council’s Civic Award. The Assembly is comprised of Fourth Degree Knights from various councils in Norwalk, Wilton and Westport.

The Assembly was presented with the award by Connecticut District Master Allyn Temple at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury.

 

The Supreme Civic Award is presented as a tribute to the spirit of patriotism and national pride exemplified in the patriotic activities conducted by all 4th Degree Assemblies. “Our #1 goal as an Assembly is to promote patriotism, support our veterans and defend our Catholic faith,” said Faithful Navigator George Ribellino, Jr.  Assembly 100 is very active in such events as Columbus Day festivities, raising money for Veterans organizations including Homes for the Brave, American Legion and Fisher House CT and paying tribute to those men and women who have and still protect our freedoms in the United States.

Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 is hosting its Third Annual Patriot Dinner on Saturday May 11, 2018 at 7p to benefit the Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes in Bridgeport.  The fundraiser dinner will take place at the Knights Hall at St. Ann Club on 16 Hendricks Ave in Norwalk. Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes (FS: FH) is Connecticut’s first and only community-based transitional home exclusively for homeless female Veterans and their young children. Housed at the Nicholas A. Madaras Home, FS: FH provides ten beds for female Veterans and five beds, when available, for their young children.  Since opening in 2011, the program helps female Veterans by meeting their needs for a safe, secure home and adequate food, and by empowering residents to move forward with their long-term goals: obtaining permanent housing, achieving financial stability, and working toward greater self-determination. Each resident works with a Case Manager to develop personal, housing, and employment goals. ABRI vocational staff coach residents in the job search process, including resume writing, interview techniques, computer training, and other life skills For those interested in attending this fundraiser dinner, please go to Assembly100.org/payments to make reservations.  No walk-ins, reservations required.

In addition, the Assembly assists the youth in the city of Norwalk by making a donation to the Norwalk Public Safety Cadets since they assist with the serving, set up and clean up for the Patriot Dinner.

“I am so excited for our third annual Patriot Dinner fundraiser to help our Veterans who have defended our freedom and way of life.  If you are interested sign up quickly since limited seating is available,” said Ribellino.

Articke on Diocese of  Bridgeport website

https://www.bridgeportdiocese.org/13818-2/

Article in Norwalk Patch

https://patch.com/connecticut/norwalk/norwalk-4th-degree-knights-columbus-honored-civic-award

Assembly 100 honors our veterans

During the weekend of December 15 and 16th Assembly 100 took part in 2 special occasions honoring our veterans.  On Saturday, December 15th, a few members of the Assembly attended the Wreaths Across America ceremony at Spring Hill Veterans Cemetery in Darien.   Wreaths were placed on the headstones of our deceased veterans.  This was able to be accomplished by many local businesses and organizations that donated funds to purchase the wreaths as a part of the Wreaths Across America Day which took place at many cemeteries across the US including Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

On Sunday, December 16th,  Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 joined with Gen Philip Sheridan Assembly 107 to deliver gift bags to the patients at the VA Hospital.  Many Knights and their families joined Santa Claus in delivering the gifts and putting a smile on the veterans faces.   God Bless our veterans!

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Assembly 100 attends Diocese Of Bridgeport Special Needs Mass

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As a joyful celebration of inclusion, Saint Catherine Center held its 2018 Mass Celebrating People with Special Needs on Sunday, December 2 in Fairfield! Bishop Frank J. Caggiano celebrated the Mass and as many as 15 young people from all over the diocese received Sacraments!  Members of the Assembly 100 Color Corps along with CT District Marshal Chris Randall were honored to serve in colors for this beautiful celebration.

 

 

Assembly 100 joins forces with local councils for the K of C Coats for Kids Initiative

The day after Thanksgiving has become known as “Black Friday”, with many shoppers rushing about in search of the best deals on everything from clothing to televisions. This Black Friday for the fourth consecutive year, some members of Knights of Columbus Council 14360 spent part of their day helping those with limited funds to stay warm and happy this winter along with Brother Knights from Norwalk Council 46 and New Canaan Council 2287 and Westport Assumption Council 3688. In addition, K of C Bishop Fenwick 4th Assembly 100 joined forces to supply coats.

Brothers handed out coats for children in need at St. Joseph Church in South Norwalk as part of the Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids initiative. The coats were purchased by the four K of C Councils and 4th Degree Assembly with money generated from the council’s and Assembly’s respective fundraising activities.

The Knights of Columbus launched the coats initiative (designed to keep kids warm in harsh winter climates) in 2009. With many families with young children struggling in tough economic times, there was a clear need to provide warm winter coats to children in their communities. And so, the Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids program was born.

Since the program’s inception, the Knights of Columbus in the United States and Canada has given around 500,000 coats to children in need. Last year over 5,000 coats were distributed in various areas in Connecticut. Approximately 2,000 local Knights of Columbus councils have participated in their communities around the world. “This is the fourth year that local Knights councils collaborated to give away coats. This year we gave over 150 coats. It is an honor to help children keep warm this winter,” said Council 14360 member and CT State Knights of Columbus District Deputy and Assembly 100 Faithful Navigator George Ribellino. In addition, 2 cases of coats were delivered to the Open Door Shelter in Norwalk.

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Assembly 100 honors our Veterans

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Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 celebrated our veterans over the Veterans Day Weekend.  On Friday, November 9, 2018, members of the Color Corps joined Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School for their annual Veterans Day Mass and Assembly.  The Mass was celebrated by Faithful Friar and OLF church Pastor, Father Reggie and SK Father Damian.  Parent and current  US Army Captain Brian Rooney spoke to the children about the importance of Veterans Day and his experience in the military.   Later that evening, Sir Knights George Ribellino, Scott Criscuolo, Anthony Armentano and Jim Booth attended the annual fundraiser mini-golf tournament held by Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport.  The Assembly was a tee sponsor.

On Veterans Day November 11, 2018, members of the Color Corps led the procession for the Norwalk Exchange Club Field of Flags ceremony to honor veterans.  Former State Senator and Assembly 100 SK Larry Cafero was the master of ceremonies for the beautiful tribute.

 

 

 

 

 

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