Knights for Life raises funds for those in need

North Penn Life - - NEWS - By Jen­nifer Law­son jlaw­son@jour­nal­regsiter. com

TKH dDy ZDV fil­lHd ZLWK beer and lots of good-na­tured rib­bing, but the goal was to raise money for North Penn-area res­i­dents who have ex­pe­ri­enced tragedy.

About 100 peo­ple came to the Amer­i­can Le­gion at 2100 Kof­fel Road, Hat­fiHld 6undDy DIWHrnRRn IRr a horse­shoe com­pe­ti­tion hosted by Knights for Life, a new char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion launched by a group RI 1RrWK 3Hnn HLgK 6FKRRl grad­u­ates.

The mis­sion of Knights for Life is to dole out fund­ing and moral sup­port to in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies who are deal­ing with health crises or who have ex­pe­ri­enced pro­found loss.

“We want to help fam­i­lies who have ex­pe­ri­enced ill­ness or sud­den death or dis­as­trous sit­u­a­tions, un­ex­pected sit­u­a­tions,” said Rob EFNHrlH, D 2007 13H6 grD­d­u­ate who han­dles mar­ket­ing and so­cial me­dia for Knights for Life. “We want to help those fam­i­lies and be their back­bone.”

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“,W KLW PH KDrd,” VDLd 0Hl­chior, pres­i­dent of Knights for Life. “A lot of fam­i­lies and friends came around and lent sup­port and it be­came im­por­tant for me to be there for other fam­i­lies.”

The group’s first event was a whif­fle ball com­pHWLWLRn Ln 0Dy Dnd 6un­day’s horse­shoe com­pe­ti­tion was the sec­ond. Knights for Life will be at the North Penn vs. Hat­boro Hor­sham foot­bDll gDPH 2FW. 12 WR rDLVH aware­ness among high school students and col­lect­ing do­na­tions.

6R IDr, .nLgKWV IRr /LIH have helped about 10 fami- lies in need in the form of do­na­tions and gift cards. 2nFH WKHy DFKLHvH 501(F)(3) sta­tus — which is cur­rently pend­ing — they will be able to raise more sub­stan­tial funds through cor­po­rate donors.

2nFH .nLgKWV IRr /LIH gains a stronger foot­ing, there will be a for­mal ap­pli­ca­tion process for those re­quest­ing as­sis­tance. Those they’ve helped so far have come through word-of­mouth.

Knights for Life has also as­sisted fam­i­lies in terms of in­for­ma­tion rather than do­na­tions. A lo­cal fam­ily rHTuHVWHd finDnFLDl DVVLV­tance to send a child to col­lege, but they didn’t meet the group’s cri­te­ria. Laura 6PLWK, D .nLgKWV IRr /LIH foun­da­tion mem­ber and D 1984 13H6 grD­duDWH, works for a state rep­re­sen­ta­tive and she was able to as­sist the fam­ily with in­for­ma­tion on grants.

As a breast can­cer survLvRr, 6PLWK VDLd VKH KDV D “huge un­der­stand­ing” of be­ing in need.

“I live ev­ery day with a new vi­sion as a sur­vivor,” she said. “If I can show some­one there is light at the end of the rain­bow, I will. It’s just all about pay­ing it for­ward.”

In ad­di­tion, the group per­forms tasks such as er­rands or yard work for those who have ex­pe­ri­enced tragedy or loss. They’re work­ing on gHWWLng Fur­rHnW 13H6 VWu­dents in­volved in that those ar­eas, as well as re­cent grad­u­ates.

“We want North Penn grad­u­ates to know that this is some­thing they can do to keep con­nected with the North Penn community af­ter they grad­u­ate,” said IRundDWLRn PHPbHr 6Dndy VDlHnFLN. “2nFH yRu’rH D knight, you’re a knight for life.”

To con­nect with Knights for Life, visit their Face­book page at www.face­book. com/ North­PennKnights­for­Life.

Photo by JEN­NIFER LAW­SON

Dawn Stoler, of Lans­dale, par­tic­i­pates in the Knights for Life horse­shoe com­pe­ti­tion Sun­day at the Amer­i­can Le­gion in Hat­field.

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