By Andy Telli
Knights of Columbus Council 8152 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Fairfield Glade and St. Alphonsus Church in Crossville recently presented two checks totaling $9,318 to Hilltoppers Inc., which provides housing and community services to people with intellectual disabilities in Crossville and the surrounding area.
The first check for $5,695 was presented to Hilltoppers executive director Jeanene Houston from funds raised during the Knights’ annual Tootsie Roll Drive. The money will be used to pay for renovations to the Micki Thompson Court apartments that house Hilltoppers’ service recipients.
The second check for $3,623 was from a grant awarded by the MR Foundation, which was established by the Knights of Columbus in Tennessee to help those with intellectual disabilities. The grant money will be used to buy three vehicles to transport service recipients of Hilltoppers.
Grand Knight Walt Peterson was accompanied by council members Art Albert, Vince D’Allessandro, and Fred Laufentberg, who also is a district deputy for the Tennessee Knights, when the checks were presented.