K of C #222 donates to Pregnancy Care Center in Geneva

Affordable health care and women’s health options are difficult to find in rural areas like the Finger Lakes Region. A local Knights of Columbus Council, with the support of generous donations from their community, has provided Care Net Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes with the ability to offer free state-of-the-art limited ultrasound services at their location in Geneva.Over the last 12 months, Knights of Columbus Council #222 of St. Francis and St. Clare Parish, serving Seneca Falls and Waterloo, raised funds to secure the new Ultrasound machine for the Pregnancy Care Center in Geneva. The effort involved the council raising over $15,000 and received the remaining necessary funds of over $14,000 from the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council to purchase a desperately needed new machine for the center at a cost of nearly $29,000.L to R: Sarah Schell, PCC volunteer; Doreen Teed, PCC Director; Doug Latch, PCC Board President; Jim Bruning, Grand Knight #222; and Jim Shrey, K of C memberThe funds were raised through the efforts of Knights of Columbus Council #222 with several large individual donations, many of which were anonymous. Aside from the large individual donations, the council held fundraising events including a Ziti Dinner, Chicken BBQ, and a yearlong bottle and can drive. Fr. Jim Fennessy, pastor of St. Francis-St. Clare Parish comments, “All of those who generously donated not just money, but their time and talents to this effort should be proud to know that it has gone to such a worthy cause. The Care Net Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes has proven to be a valuable resource to countless people in our region, and this new ultrasound machine will only improve their ability to continue that good work.”Doreen Teed, the Director of the Care Net Center explains, “We at Care Net have experienced the important difference the ultrasound machine provides many times over. We have seen women who are happy to be pregnant cry when they see the life they are carrying, and we have seen women cry when they realize the “truth of life” they are now faced with. The ultrasound sound machine is a major part of what we do at Care Net and we are delighted to partner with the Knights of Columbus to afford this Life Saving Component. Thank you so much!”The Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Program began in 2009 and to-date, has provided nearly $9 million in matching funds toward the purchase of over 336 ultrasound machines nationwide. The Knights of Columbus is the World’s largest Catholic family fraternal service organization. Father Michael J. McGivney, an Irish Priest, founded the Knights of Columbus in 1882. Today, the Knights boast 1.8 Million members worldwide. Last year they donated $158 Million and 70 Million volunteer hours to charitable causes. For additional information, contact Jim Bruning, Grand Knight of Council #222 at (607) 592-5474.

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