Father Denis Donahue, the Pastor of Saint Philip the Apostle Catholic Church in Falls Church, blessed the new ultrasound machine donated by District 18 Knights to the Assist Pregnancy Center in Annandale, Virginia. Former DD Dave Crew holds the prayer book.
Don Roessler, Sister Clare Hunter and Jane Fuller
Don Roessler, Steve Rogers, Dave Crew and Fr. Donahue
Fr. Donahue, State Deputy Tony Fortunato and wife Pauline
(From left) Don Roessler, Sister Clare Hunter, and Jane Fuller, Executive Director, Assist Pregnancy Center
Don Roessler, Sister Clare Hunter, Jane Fuller listen as Barry Oxford, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Assist Pregnancy Center, speaks at the dedication of the Knights of Columbus ultrasound machine
Sister Clare Hunter, Barry Oxford, Jane Fuller and Fr. Donahue
Knights of Columbus State Secretary Steve Burnley, Lucretia Burnley, Pauline Fortunato, Fr. Donahue and State Deputy Tony Fortunato
Don Roessler, Dave Crew, Fr. Donahue and Tony Fortunato
Sister Clare Hunter and Fr. Denis Donahue
Friday, January 24, 2014 - State officers and key players in District 18's extraordinary fundraising drive for ultrasound machines and pregnancy center support gathered in Annandale for the dedication of their latest donation, to the Assist Pregnancy Center.
The new ultrasound machine was blessed by Fr. Denis Donahue, the pastor of St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church in Falls Church. Sister Clare Hunter, director of the Office of Pro-life Activities for the Arlington Diocese, was also on hand to celebrate the occasion, as were State Deputy Tony Fortunato, State Secretary Steve Burnley and their wives.
The Executive Director of the Assist Pregnancy Center, Jane Fuller, said, "What a privilege it is to co-labor with the Knights of Columbus to promote LIFE here in Northern Virginia!”
Councils in District 18 raised more than $75,000 in fundraising appeals in every parish in the district, and last year placed its first machine at the 1st Choice Women's Health Center in Landsdowne. They also made a sutstantial donation to the Tepeyac Clinic in Fairfax, which had received the first KC ultrasound donation back in 2010.
Also on hand for the Annandale event were the current District Deputy, Steve Rogers, former DD Dave Crew, and Don Roessler, past DGK of Corpus Christi Council 13468 in South Riding. Roessler was instrumental in performing technical assessment and contract negotiation for the ultrasound machines.
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