Crowd down but organizers still pleased with “Knight to Support the Hall”

 

Members of the McGregor Squirettes of Mary prepare to shoot marshmellows as part of one of the games at Saturday night’s “Knight to Support the Hall” at the McGregor Knights of Columbus Hall. Early estimates have the event raising between $3-4,000,  proceeds that will be put back into the hall.

Members of the McGregor Squirettes of Mary prepare to shoot marshmellows as part of one of the games at Saturday night’s “Knight to Support the Hall” at the McGregor Knights of Columbus Hall. Early estimates have the event raising between $3-4,000,
proceeds that will be put back into the hall.

By Ron Giofu

 

Attendance was down this year at the McGregor Knights of Columbus Hall but those trying to keep the hall operational were still satisfied with the support their annual dinner had.

The “Knight to Support the Hall,” a slight variation over last year’s “Knight to Save the Hall,” was held Saturday night with co-organizer Laura Belanger saying there were 180 tickets sold for this year as opposed to 462 last year. She believed there wasn’t as much hype or widespread advertising this year as the McGregor K of C is in better shape and not as close to shutting down as it was a year ago.

“This year is about supporting it and not so much about closure,” said Belanger, who along with husband Evan were part of the team that organized the dinner.

Belanger believed the dinner “was more relaxed this year” and estimated it will see a profit of between $3,000 to $4,000 for the McGregor K of C.

“That’s a pretty good profit on the night,” said Belanger. “People are pretty generous in McGregor.”

Money will be put towards maintenance of the hall with specific projects targeted being new energy efficient lighting and roof repairs.

“Everything we can get is going to that,” she said.

New ideas will continue to be introduced to try and keep the dinner fresh, she said, with new ideas this year being a mashed potato bar and some new games. The Squirettes helped with this year’s organizational efforts, Belanger pointed out, with the community also coming through with donations to help the Knights of Columbus.

Belanger noted things aren’t as dire now as the possibility of closure isn’t as near but they continue to offer other events as well from Sunday morning breakfasts to Bluegrass events. Two upcoming events are a fundraising chili cook-off this Saturday and a St. Patrick’s Day dinner. The McGregor K of C hopes to see many of the same faces continue to support ongoing efforts to keep the hall open.

“We really hope these people that came out to this come to other events,” said Belanger. “It would be nice to keep seeing them support the hall.”

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