Area Knights of Columbus give Cape Abilities $20,000 grant

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ORLEANS, Mass. — Each year the Knights of Columbus conducts a Charity Fund Drive (better known as the Tootsie Roll Campaign) to raise funds to assist persons of all ages with intellectual disabilities, and children with physical disabilities who have not reached their 20th birthday. This year, across the state of Massachusetts, Knights of Columbus Councils raised more $151,000 for those with disabilities solely for this charity fund.

The Knights of Columbus Massachusetts State Council — spearheaded by members of the Orleans St. Joan of Arc Council #3384 gave Cape Abilities a $20,000 grant to provide multi-sensory equipment for its Day Habilitation program sites in Hyannis and the Lower Cape.

“We are excited that we are able to donate such a large sum to Cape Abilities,” said William Weil, a former Grand Knight and current trustee of the Orleans St. Joan of Arc Knights of Columbus Council #3384. “Through their many programs, they make a profound difference in the lives of those who are least able to help themselves, so that they might learn the necessary skills to cope with the demands and challenges of everyday life.”

“We are sincerely grateful for our longstanding partnership with the Knights of Columbus, who are dedicated to supporting individuals with disabilities,” noted Rosalie Edes, president/executive director at Cape Abilities. “As we expand our services to respond to identified needs, we have a strong focus on ensuring that we offer support that reflects best practice, and the generosity of the Knights of Columbus allows us to do just that. We are honored to receive this gift.”

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