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Father Murray Honored

At the January Scholarship Dance, Fr. Murray was honored for his years of service to St. John's Council. Shown along with his family are Vince Montagna representing Bishop O'Connor Assembly, Fr. Brendan Darcy of the SMA, Grand Knight John McGill, William "Bill" Bochicchio, past Grand Knight and chairman of the Father Murray Scholarship Fund and Monsignor Richard Arnhols, pastor of St. John's Church.


Troop 1345 Continues to grow!

Troop 1345ís growth continues to be strong as they have just their 5th year at the end of March, and embark on the beginning of year #6 in April 2013. The troop has a very strong showing of scouts, backed by an equally strong contingent of adult leaders and committee members.


Dondero Fundraiser Proceeds Distributed
At the Italian Night dinner dance in October 2012, Bob Dondero was presented with a $12,000 check as a first payment from the fund-raising event we hosted for him. ďWhen you have a group of men that works together to accomplish an end, it just works. It gives you that common sense of purpose.Ē
From left: Bill Bochicchio, Grand Knight John McGill, Bob Dondero, Ginny Dondero and Phil Fredericks.


2012 Scholarship Winners announced

From Left: Grand Knight Lou Pidi, Kristy Kenny, Ed Kostka (accepting for his granddaughter Ashley Kostka), Connor Walsh, Chairman George DiCostanzo, Kathryn Passano, Mr. Stuckey (accepting for daughter Mary Stuckey), and Xavier Rossmann.

St. Johnís Council #1345 announced a distribution of $4000 for their 2012 Scholarship Awards program. The program is open to boys and girls who will be first-year students at a College or Catholic High School and with a relative as a Council member.

The awards were presented to the winners at the June 18th (2012) meeting by Grand Knight Lou Pidi and Scholarship Chairman Past Grand Knight George DiCostanzo.

Two scholarships were awarded to students who will be attending a Catholic High School. The awards, in the amount of $500 each, were presented to Kathryn Passano and Xavier Rossmann.

Four scholarships were awarded to students who will be starting College. The awards, in the amount of $750 each, were presented to Ashley Kostka, Connor Walsh, Mary Stuckey, and Kristy Kenny.

If you would like to be a sponsor for our Scholarship Fund Program, you can make a donation that will help a student entering Catholic High School or College with their tuition expenses. No donation is too small, and any amount will be gratefully appreciated. You can send your donations to Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 211, Dumont, NJ 07628.


Successful Fundraiser for Local Businessmanís Daughter Tops $16K

Shown from left to right: David Benson, Grand Knight; Bill Salisbury Owner Dumont Hardware; Lou Pidi, Deputy Grand Knight and Event Co-Chairman; Bill Bochicchio, Past Grand Knight and Event Co-chairman.

St. Johnís Council #1345 Knights of Columbus, Dumont/Bergenfield held a Pasta Dinner fundraiser in the spring of 2011 for Jane Baez, the daughter of Bill Salisbury, longtime owner of Dumont Hardware. Jane suffers from Wegenerís Disease, a rare form of cancer.

Due to the tremendous generosity of friends, customers and local residents, the Pasta Dinner was a huge success, raising over $16,000 to help Jane and her four children. The Knights of Columbus donated and cooked the meal for over 300 guests while live music was played free of charge by Co-Chairman Lou Pidi and Frank Fectmuller, who performed together as ďDeuces Wild.Ē Thank you to all who attended and sent donations.


Dumont Lions & Knights of Columbus hold Breakfast Benefit
On Sunday November 1st, the Dumont Lions Club and St. Johnís Council #1345 served over 400 pancake breakfasts for the benefit of Kayla Rose Hannon.

According to Lou Pidi, chairman of the event and a member of both St. Johnís Council and the Dumont Lions Club, the breakfast raised over $3400. ďCombined with the more than $14,000 that St. Johnís Council raised with their recent spaghetti dinner, we have shown what the community can do when they get together to help each other.Ē

Kayla, a 2008 graduate of Dumont High School, recently underwent an operation to remove a tumor. She continues aggressive therapy to lessen the effects of her treatment for bone cancer. Fittingly, the event was held in the Dumont High School cafeteria.

Shown above are Bill Boccicchio of St. Johnís Council dropping the batter while Steve Hugelmann of the Dumont Lions waits to move the pancakes to the serving station.

St. Johnís Council, celebrating its 102nd year, serves the parishes of St. John the Evangelist in Bergenfield and St. Maryís in Dumont. The Dumont Lions Club was founded more than 50 years ago. Both organizations raise money for local charities.


Knights of Columbus hold Benefit Dinner for Kayla Rose Hannon
On Saturday September 19 2009, dozens of Knights, and members of the auxiliary organizations of St. Johnís Council #1345 Ė Columbian Squires, Columbiettes and Scouts from Troop #1345, pitched in to serve several hundred spaghetti and meatball dinners for the benefit of Kayla Rose Hannon. Kayla, a 2008 graduate of Dumont High School, recently underwent an operation to remove a tumor. She will continue aggressive chemotherapy, radiation and physical therapy to lessen the effects of her treatment for bone cancer.

Under the direction of co-chairmen Lou Pidi (left) and John Graham, the dinner raised $14,706. St. Johnís Council, located in Dumont, serves the parishes of St. John the Evangelist in Bergenfield, St. Maryís in Dumont and the SMA Fathers in Tenafly.

An additional fundraiser, co-sponsored by St. Johnís Council and the Dumont Lions Club will be held on Sunday November 1st in the Dumont High School cafeteria.


St. John's Council awards Scholarships
Started in the early 1960s as a single $500 scholarship to a Catholic high school, the Scholarship Program at St. Johnís Council #1345 serving Bergenfield & Dumont has made an additional award to a first year college student for several years.

This year, the Council presented two $500 scholarship awards. The recipients are Kaely Marie Walsh, daughter of Kevin Walsh, and William Kenny, grandson of Patrick Kiernan.

Shown above are Grand Knight Steve Martin, William Kenny, Kaely Marie Walsh, and George DiCostanzo, Scholarship Committee Chairman.


Past Grand Knights Gather
Over the 101 year history of St. Johnís Council #1345, 85 men have had the honor of calling themselves Past Grand Knights. On June 24 2009, sixteen Past Grand Knights came together for the annual PGK Reunion Dinner hosted by Grand Knight Steve Martin.

Shown from the left -
Back row: Steve Martin, Barry Bernard, Phil Fredericks, Bill Bochicchio, Marty Healy, Andy Connelly, Bob Dondero, Bill Gilligan, Andy Hogh, and Tom Trank.

Front row: George DiCostanzo, Ivan Hannibal, Fred Jacobsen, Frank Messina, Chaplain Fr. John Murray SMA, John Dillon, Joseph Matarazzo and George Olszewski.


Knights raise $2000 at Golf Outing
Under sunny skies, the 14th annual Jim Rush Memorial Golf Classic was held on June 8, 2009 at the Rockleigh Golf Course. Chaired by Mike Cremin, the event fielded 42 players and raised over $2200 towards the Councilís charitable endeavors.

Golf awards were distributed at a dinner, which followed at the Council home.

Shown in the photo is Grand Knight Steve Martin, Mike Cremin and Past Grand Knight Martin Healy. Marty was a good friend and golf partner to Jim Rush, after whom the Memorial Golf Classic is named.