Knights of Columbus fundraise with steak sandwich sales

first_imgThe white and blue banner that hangs from the double arches of the Knights of Columbus building at the intersection of South and God quads reads, “Home of Football Game Day Steak Sales $1,000,000 Since 1973.” Talk to any member of the Notre Dame Knights of Columbus, though, and they will tell you it’s about much more than the steak.Photo courtesy of Notre Dame Knights of Columbus “Notre Dame Knights are proud of their steak sale program, but more than the time spent on game days raising funds, the council enjoys working with some of the charities we support,” Robert Rauch, Notre Dame class of 2012 and former president of the Notre Dame Knights of Columbus, said.“For instance, we annually conduct several events with the Corvilla Home, one of our first charities,” Rauch, who now works as the College Council Coordinator for the Knights of Columbus Supreme Office, said. “We have annually prepared and consumed a Thanksgiving dinner with residents, we have participated in bingo and bowling events, and we have sponsored a team in their Snowball Softball tournament. The best part of steak sales is being able to have a relationship with the people we support.”According to the Notre Dame Knight of Columbus website, the steak sale began in 1973, but members of the Knights had been grilling steak sandwiches as part of their own tailgate since the late 1950s. Dennis Malloy, a third-year law student, said the location of the sale helped it take hold as a game day tradition.“The location of the Council Home next to the old bookstore was a prime location with thousands of potential consumers,” Malloy said. “We decided to sell only steak sandwiches to provide a distinct treat to our customers and reap the benefits of economies of scale.“Even though the bookstore moved and the glamour of Irish Green is far away, we are an essential part of the game day experience for many who make a special trip to the corner of God Quad and South Quad to visit us.”Malloy, who is a former grand knight of Notre Dame’s branch of the Knights of Columbus, Council 1477, said the Notre Dame Knights have about 100 active members. Each football Saturday, Malloy said at least 15 people work the steak sale at any given time, and about 40 people, including Knights, their friends and family and members of other campus organizations, work the sale throughout the day.Rauch said poor weather can lessen proceeds from the steak sale, but on a typical game day, the Knights will serve about 3,000 sandwiches and raise $10,000. As the sign outside the Knights of Columbus building highlights, the steak sales have raised over $1 million since 1973, a figure which Rauch said is not adjusted for inflation.Sophomore Henry Dickman, who oversees the steak sale this year, said he hopes to involve more student groups in the unique fundraiser.“Steak sales are not only significant in terms of the funds raised, but the event also provides a great way for council members to get to know each other and serve the Notre Dame community,” Dickman said. “Going forward, we’d like to find ways to get other campus groups involved with helping at the sales as well as attracting more students to buy sandwiches.”Rauch said the tradition of the Knights of Columbus at Notre Dame extends much further than the steak sales. The Notre Dame Knights were founded in 1910 and were the first student group on campus aside from athletic teams, the marching band and student government.“Like many things related to Notre Dame football, Knights of Columbus steak sales are rooted in tradition,” Rauch said. “The large stream of fans to the bookstore would smell the steak next door and would buy one on their way in or out. Plus, the steak sale program is all about charity and giving back — both themes that members of the Notre Dame family identify with.“When Fr. Sorin said that Notre Dame would one day be an enormous force for good in this country, he was speaking of people like the Notre Dame Knights who through their steak sale program and all their other activities serves as this force by being a charity that evangelizes.”Rauch said the sale can be taxing at times, but the benefits far outweigh the challenges.“College students typically don’t enjoy waking up before 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning, much less multiple Saturdays in a row, but that’s what the men of this council do every game day,” he said. “But when you have a good cause to support, you keep that in site and you keep going.”Jeff Gerlomes, Notre Dame class of 2014 and former president of the Notre Dame Knights of Columbus, said while the steak sale serves as a favorite game day tradition, it also goes beyond the bounds of Notre Dame football to make a tangible impact on peoples’ lives.“When we see that line down the quad, it’s humbling to think that this sandwich is as important to some of these people as a tartan cape or a golden helmet,” Gerlomes said. “Even more important, though, is that this fundraiser is our biggest opportunity to make a direct impact on some of the most serious social injustices around us. Instead of just campaigning for the poor and marginalized, we can aid programs that really help them on a lasting and personal level.”Tags: Game Day Tradition, Knights of Columbus, Steak Sandwich Salelast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Al Pacino Circling B’way Return as Tennessee Williams & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the summer weekend. Al Pacino Circling Broadway Return as Tennessee WilliamsGood to hear that after a slightly rocky experience on Broadway with China Doll last season, Al Pacino is looking to come back to the Main Stem this fall or early next year. The acting legend is rumored to be starring as Tennessee Williams opposite Tony winner Judith Light in Dotson Rader’s new play When God Looked Away. Directed by Robert Allan Ackerman, the project is based on Rader’s 1985 biography of Williams. According to Showbiz 411, a workshop is slated to take place in L.A. this week. We will keep you posted!Hillary Clinton’s Hamilton TakeoverThe (presumably new!) company of Hamilton is set to perform a special matinee on July 12, which will raise funds for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The Hillary Victory Fund purchased all 1321 seats for the performance and is expected to raise $3.5 million; although ticket prices are obviously steep (going up to $100,000!), if you donate at least $1 to Clinton’s campaign, you can be entered into a lottery for the chance to attend with a friend. As you all know by now, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning tuner is running at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.Jimmy Buffett Musical NamedThings are progressing with the new Jimmy Buffett musical—the show now has a title, Escape to Margaritaville. As previously announced, the production will have its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California, playing a limited engagement May 16, 2017 through June 25. Directed by Christopher Ashley, the tuner will feature an original story by co-book writers Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley and include both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics.Watch Squigs on StageAre you a fan of Squigs’ Broadway Inks? Now you can catch the multi-talented Justin Robertson (his real name) in person! He is set to take on the role of Marcellus Washburn in The Music Man in Cape Cod. Directed by James Brennan, with book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson, it is the largest production ever to play at the Cape Playhouse, with more than 30 performers, and is scheduled to play July 5 through July 23. The company will also include James Clow as Harold Hill, with Kaitlyn Davidson as Marian Paroo; Ann Arvia as Mrs. Paroo, Barbara Tirrell as Eulalie Shinn and Brad Bellamy as Mayor Shinn.P.S. Check out below as former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants (and future All Stars season divas) perform “I Am What I Am” for Harvey Fierstein at Logo’s Trailblazer Honors below. Al Pacino(Photo: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)last_img read more

Dorothy Amelia Gorman

first_imgDorothy A (nee Volz) Gorman, 102, passed away February 10, 2019. Born April, 10 1916 in Sunman Indiana, she was the daughter of Stella (Ross) Volz and Edward H Volz.In addition to her Husband Edward J Gorman, who preceded her in death in November, 1989, Dorothy was also preceded in death by her daughter Nancy Gorman Vandeusen on May 10, 2018.Dorothy is survived by her brother, Robert (Bobby) Volz, living in Milan, Indiana; by daughter Mary Gorman Gavin of N. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.Her ashes will be brought to St Pius Cemetery at a future date this Summer.Online condolences can be made to the family at boomerbaby51@yahoo.comlast_img read more