By Dan McWilliams
Knights of Columbus Father John Savoca Council 12633 from St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Lenoir City honored a number of charities and individuals July 18 at its annual recognition dinner.
Outgoing Grand Knight Don Hoyle welcomed the gathering to the dinner. Father Doug Owens, St. Thomas pastor, gave a welcome and blessing. New Grand Knight Jim Gecsei emceed the presentations.
Mr. Gecsei presented a number of checks to nearly 20 charities, including Adult Community Training of Lenoir City, the American Wheelchair Mission, The ARC – Sunshine Industries, Boy Scout Troop 770, the Boys and Girls Club of Lenoir City, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Monroe County, Catholic Charities’ Pregnancy Help Center, Catholic Charities’ Jellico Project, the Child Advocacy Center of Loudon County, the Crisis Center for Women, the Dominican Sisters – St. Cecilia Congregation, the Good Samaritan Center, Habitat for Humanity in Loudon, the Handmaids of the Precious Blood, Shangri-la Therapeutic Academy of Riding (STAR), STAR – Heroes and Horses, Smoky Mountain Service Dogs, the Loudon County Special Olympics, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
This fraternal year the council has distributed more than $26,000.
Mr. Gecsei recognized a number of young people for their efforts in the youth group or as altar servers. They were Maria Espinoza, Jennifer Gonzalez, Ashley Nolazco, Joshua Gonzalez, Leo Langlois, and Dean Langlois.
The council also recognized its Knight of the year, Ray Mouse; its family of the year, Larry and Katy Finneran; its longest-serving member, Bill Webb, with more than 68 years in the Knights; and its oldest member, Gene Kray, who will turn 90 later this year.