Members of the Elizabethtown Knights of Columbus and the Riasok Shrine Club donated proceeds from the 55th annual Brotherhood Banquet, held March 7, to Kosair Charities.
The Brotherhood Banquet raised $38,000 this year through the dedication and efforts of the Elizabethtown Knights of Columbus No. 1455, Riasok Shrine Club, the generosity of the event’s sponsors and caring members of the Hardin County community. These funds will help children in need in the community through the work of Kosair Charities.
“The Kosair Charities family is thankful for the many years of dedication and support from the Brotherhood Banquet and the Elizabethtown community,” said Keith Inman, Kosair Charities president.
“Thanks to the generosity of the Knight of Columbus, Riasok Shrine Club and Elizabethtown community, Kosair Kids have the support and resources they need to grow up happy and healthy.”
Tom Clark Jr., local business owner and one banquet organizer, echoed this sentiment. “Thanks to the support of many Elizabethtown and Hardin County businesses and the generosity of many individuals to make this event and support possible,” said Clark.
“Over the years, funds raised from this event have been invested in making life better for the children and families in our local community. Most recently, Baptist Health Hardin received funding for the new NICU through the Kosair Charities Gifts and Grants Program.”
The Brotherhood Banquet began with the vision of two men in 1965, Thomas R. Clark Sr., grand knight of the Elizabethtown Knights of Columbus, and William J. Harris, president of the RIASOK Shrine Club. They decided the two organizations should work together to raise money for Kosair Charities. Now, 55 years later, the banquet still is going strong and supporting local communities because of their shared friendship.
Since its inception, the Brotherhood Banquet has raised almost $800,000 for Kosair Kids. Children in the Elizabethtown community benefit from this support through both the Kosair Kids Financial Assistance Program, which provides assistance for families in need of help with their children’s medical bills, as well as the Kosair Charities’ Gifts and Grants Program which provides financial support to local non-profits serving children.