Most people in the community know that the St. Louis Center in Sylvan Twp. is a residential care home for boys, men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities that’s been operated by the Servants of Charity congregation of priests for the past 53 years. What many people don’t know about however is the amount of support St. Louis Center receives from the local community, and in particular from members of the Michigan Knights of Columbus.
During a two-day period on April 17th and 18th local members made donations to St. Louis Center that totaled nearly $7,500 from three fundraising events. The first was from St. Louis Guanella Council #3092 of Chelsea St. Mary Parish, which successfully raised $4956 from the recent Palm Sunday Weekend Tootsie Roll Drive. $3469 went to St. Louis Center and $1487 was distributed to the Chelsea Special Education program. Members Frank Pignanelli and Larry Kranick chaired the event, in which members could be found in front of stores and banks with their yellow vests, cans, and Tootsie Rolls for donors with a sweet tooth.
On Wednesday March 20th, the generous ladies of the Dexter K of C Auxiliary conducted their “Quartermania” event, and dedicated the $1366 they raised that night to St. Louis Center. They presented their funds to the Cardinal O’Hara 4th Degree Assembly on Wednesday April 10th at the Dexter K of C Hall to combine with the $2634 raised by the Assembly during their annual White Elephant Auction Fundraiser; again, to benefit St. Louis Center. Members of the Assembly then presented a check to the Servants of Charity for a combined $4,000 total on Thursday April 18th.
According to Administrator Fr. Enzo Addari, “The Knights of Columbus and their wives are very special people in Chelsea, Dexter, and throughout Washtenaw County. They love our residents with special needs, and they know their love is returned.” For more information about St. Louis Center, visit www.stlouiscenter.org.