The Knights of Columbus of Notre Dame Parish in Greeneville held a pulled-pork fundraiser Aug. 12 for the refugees of Ukraine.
The event began Friday morning when several of the Knights came together and got their slow cookers going. Several pork roasts were prepared along with a special homemade barbecue sauce. The slow cooking was done in the parish hall so that guests were greeted with the smells of the cooking roasts as they entered.
No pulled-pork dinner would be complete without the sides of coleslaw, potato salad, and baked beans (most of which were donated by local Knights and their families). The dinner was topped off with homemade desserts. In total, 119 guests attended the event.
A silent auction was held in conjunction with the dinner. In the auction, there were Christmas items, gift baskets, and many gift certificates donated by local area businesses. After finishing their meal, many guests stayed to socialize and bid on the items in the silent auction.
It is estimated that there are more than 12 million people displaced from their homes in Ukraine. Millions have fled the country to seek safety. The Knights of Columbus of Poland and Eastern Europe have been there to provide aid to many of those refugees. The Knights of Columbus of the United States and all over the world are supporting them. To date, the Knights of Columbus have raised nearly $19 million to supply food, clothing, shelter, and religious items to those refugees through the Ukraine Solidarity Fund.
Council 6784 thanks all those who supported and attended the dinner.