KofC Councils in Diocese Mark twentieth 9/11 Fundraiser/Picnic


Twenty years in the past, Knights of Columbus councils in Brooklyn and Queens started internet hosting an annual Household Picnic and fundraiser to honor dozens of KofC members and different individuals who died that day on the World Commerce Middle. This 12 months’s occasion was scheduled for Sept. 10. (Photograph: Catholic Information Service)

ASTORIA — Jose Ruiz, a carpenter from Jamaica, Queens, was working on the World Commerce Middle on Sept. 11, 2001, however he wasn’t killed within the notorious terror assaults — a cup of espresso saved his life. 

“We had been up on the 72nd flooring,” Ruiz, a member of the Knight of Columbus, stated of him and his work crew. “We did the end work on all these completely different workplaces. We’d by no means go down for espresso; we often simply despatched a man. However that day, for no matter cause, we determined we had been going downstairs to get espresso.

“So we’re sitting down out in entrance of Liberty Plaza, and swiftly, we see the primary aircraft hit the constructing. We’re like, ‘No manner, man!’ After which the second aircraft hits the second constructing. At that time, they had been simply telling everyone to get out of there and get away.

“It was loopy attempting to get residence.”

A 12 months later, Knights of Columbus councils in Brooklyn and Queens started internet hosting an annual Household Picnic and fundraiser to honor dozens of KofC members and different individuals who died that day on the Commerce Towers, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

This 12 months marks the occasion’s 20th anniversary. It was scheduled for Sept. 10 at ICYP Fields, 35-15 twentieth Ave., Astoria.

“Numerous brother Knights had been killed on Sept. 11,” stated Ruiz, who in 2001 was a younger member of the fraternal Catholic group.

“I don’t have an actual quantity on the World Commerce Middle,” he added, “however I imagine between 40 to 50 brothers, or their relations, died. That’s why I’m very concerned with this as a result of I don’t need anybody to ever overlook what occurred on that day. I simply assume 20 years later, some individuals see it identical to one other day.”

The occasion begins early with bell-ringing ceremonies beginning at 8:48 a.m. to commemorate every of the 4 terror assault aircraft crashes. There’s a patriotic flag elevating, plus recognitions of wives of native KofC members who died that day.

Youth-oriented video games observe whereas KofC members work the grills for the cookout fare served for lunch.

Ruiz is a former grand knight for KofC Council #337, hooked up to Immaculate Conception Parish in Jamaica, Queens.

As of late he helps manage the annual Sept. 11 occasion, however he’s fast to credit score the unique organizers from Queens and Brooklyn who began the occasion.

They’re Frank Boccabella of the Our Woman of Perpetual Assist-Msgr. Flynn Council (#17153) in South Ozone Park and the late Jack Ferrarotti of the KofC Council #6194 at St. Sylvester Parish in Cyprus Hills, Brooklyn.

Since 2002, the occasion has raised $400,000 for the KofC charitable and benevolent packages in New York, Boccabella stated.

“I’m extraordinarily happy with it,” he stated. “The primary 12 months, we raised $8,000. Final 12 months we raised $52,000.”

About 40 councils from Queens and 7 from Brooklyn now take part, he stated. Collectively their members transfer all through Brooklyn and Queens within the spring of every 12 months, requesting donations and sponsorships from companies.

The cash is shipped to KofC state headquarters, the place it’s distributed to numerous challenge beneficiaries like Particular Olympics and St. Mary’s Youngsters’s Hospital.

However, Boccabella famous that among the funds are put aside for prize cash for varied raffles on the picnic. Raffle tickets, at $4, entitle the purchasers to probabilities to win prizes money prizes from $1,000 to $25,000, he stated.



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