Dear Brother Knights, Families and Friends,
Fifty years have passed since a group of three Knights from a council in the Chicago area saw a need to financially assist the mentally and physically handicapped. This was the beginning of a longstanding tradition of support for thousands of people across the United States.
1970 was the first Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Drive and it raised over $30,000 in just 2 days!! Good bless the three Knights who came up with this easy but very effective fundraising idea. Today, Knights from over 44 states have followed in the footsteps of that first Tootsie Roll Drive and have raised millions of dollars for the disables. 100% of these dollars are used to support the Special Olympics and intellectually disabled citizens though a variety of programs.
On October 17th and 18th, our Council #833, will have our own Tootsie Roll Drive. 2019 was a record year for sales and I am asking all Knights and their families to come out and help make 2020 an ever grater success!
I have wonderful memories of helping my Dad with our hometown Tootsie Roll Drive and I hope many of you can create those same great memories with your own kids.
God Bless and Vivat Jesus!
Fitzgerald Council 833