Staff Report

The Run For Life is the biggest annual Pro Life event for the Florida Knights of Columbus. It began 26 years ago when Carol Wolf asked the Knights of Columbus to help her raise money for St. Gerard house, a home for unwed mothers in Saint Augustine, which helps girls complete their high school diploma requirements while taking care of their newborns.

The council at Homestead came up with the idea of the run and sponsorships. Since then, every year between six and 10 people have been running the 364 miles from Homestead to St. Augustine over a nine day period. In recent years, runners from the west coast and the panhandle have been added and all meet in St. Augustine on the Sunday after Ash Wednesday to help raise funds for Pregnancy Centers throughout the state. According to Fran Nason, “When the runners go through an area, you can support them by either sponsoring the runners or by having some kind of Pro Life event the council can support.” All the money raised goes to a local Pregnancy Center or life-giving organization.

“We need to get the message out that life is so important. We need to help get the message out to have the mothers save their babies and the elderly be protected at their later stages of life. Life needs to be protected and our Catholic faith centers on life and how precious it is,” said Nason.

The Knights of Columbus Council at Resurrection Catholic Church in Riverview is sponsoring a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, May 14 to support this worthy cause. It will be held in the Resurrection Social Hall, located at 6819 Krycul Ave. in Riverview. All proceeds will be forwarded to the Knights Women’s Center in Tampa.

Tickets for this all-you-can-eat dinner are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Children ages 7 to 12 pay $3, and those under 7 are free. Seating will be available from 5:45-7 p.m. There is a $25 maximum per family and take-out will be available. Rose Llauget, Director of Pregnancy and Adoption Services at the Knights Women’s Center, will be the honored guest.

For more information, call Nason at 641-9109, Dave at 677-6060, or Jay at 478-5771.

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