A ‘Knight’ to remember

Fundraiser brings in $599 for council activities

Every girl dreams of their knight in shining armor taking them on a romantic date. This year’s Night with a Knight auction was held on Fri., April 6, in the Pub. This gave a few lucky ladies the chance to bid on a member of the Loras branch of the Knights of Columbus. This year was a smashing success, raising $599.01, with donations going toward their council.

For a couple of weeks leading up to the big event, the Knights of Columbus took to social media to introduce the knights up for auction, with photos and witty biographies to promote the fundraiser. There were eight knights (including one mystery knight): seniors Cal Grutz and Timothy Sevcik, juniors Cole Hansen, Lucas Schmidt, and Blake Derby, sophomores Charles Putbrese, Cesar Vega, and Ben Colwell, and first-year Daniel Feldhake, as well as four FOCUS missionaries and a plate of Spiritual Life’s Debbie Gross’ famous scotcharoos available for purchase.

The Pub was packed with students with bidding paddles in-hand that Friday night. Colwell served as the emcee, and was later revealed to be  the mystery knight up for bid. Each knight up for auction got their choice of walk-in song before bidding started.

Putbrese played a big role in planning the fundraiser, and was thrilled with the results of the event.

“There was a fantastic group of students that came out to the event, which showed and gave us a lot of support,” Putbrese said. “We had a great group of guys, as well as the Focus group, who were all willing to be auctioned off to help raise money for the Council.”

Those who won the auction were treated to a romantic dinner at Nativity Parish on Alta Vista Street the following evening, with candles, classical string music, and good food. Volunteers were on-hand to serve dinner, wait on the winning couples, and provide the romantic experience for them.

The knights who were up for auction weren’t the only ones who had a good time. The lucky ladies who won a date enjoyed the evening.

“Night with a Knight was a fun evening,” junior Katie Dunbar said. “We ate a nice dinner, and live music was provided. It was a casual night and a good fundraiser for the Knights of Columbus.”

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