CARMEL, N.Y. -- A Carmel church's renovations is getting a major boost from the Carmel Knights of Columbus.
The Carmel Knights of Columbus announced a $5,000 donation to the St. James the Apostle and Our Lady of the Lake/Mount Carmel parish Thursday for capital improvements.
The money raised will kickstart the church’s upcoming campaign to raise funds for the renovation of its Chapel of Life.
The money was raised at the second annual Men's Beefsteak Parish Fundraiser. At the dinner, the Knights trimmed and tied whole beef tenderloins into filet mignons, which were then grilled over charcoal, sliced thin, and served on garlic bread rounds with french fries, beer, and wine. ore than 110 people attended the all you can eat event.
The council will also use funds from the dinner to reconstruct the church’s life-size nativity scene and refresh its statues. The council first built the crèche and donated the figures about 20 years ago. The Knights erect it in front of the parish rectory every Christmas season.
“Charity is the first principle of the Knights of Columbus, and our council is honored to work closely in support of St. James parish, and its priests and deacons,” said Grand Knight Rob Firriolo. “This donation is further proof that our brother Knights accomplish great things when we work together. We thank St. James’ parishioners for supporting our efforts on behalf of our church.