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Development and Peace

Knights of Columbus Celebrity Dinner raises $70,000 for Children's Hospital

A Presentation to the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation was held Dec. 9, 2018 at Holy Family Cathedral in Saskatoon

By Bob Barkman


The Knights of Columbus presented $70,000 to the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation Dec. 9 during a pancake breakfast at Holy Family Cathedral – which is also the site for the Celebrity Dinner held to raise the funds earlier this year.

Garry Maier, Chair of the Knights of Columbus Celebrity Dinner Committee, introduced and thanked the many volunteers for their efforts in not only this year’s dinner but for the many other Celebrity Dinners hosted by the Knights of Columbus. Without their efforts, years of significant donations to the Children’s Hospital would not have been possible, said Maier.

He also thanked Sash Broda – who serves as the link between the Foundation and the Knights of Columbus – for her assistance in organizing and assisting in various tasks in making the dinner a success.

Maier introduced other special guests in attendance, including Chris Bencharski from Meadow Lake, State Deputy of the Knights of Columbus of Saskatchewan; Brynn Boback Lane, CEO of the Jim Pattison Children’s Foundation; and Dr. Laurentiu Givelichian, the head of the Department of Pediatrics at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon.

Brynn Boback Lane thanked the Knights of Columbus for their many years of supporting the vision of a Children’s Hospital in Saskatchewan. She noted the  Foundation is proud to be a partner with the Knights of Columbus and that every child and family will benefit from this hospital.

Dr. Laurentiu Givelichian also thanked the Knights of Columbus for supporting the vision that no child should leave the province to be treated, but should be treated as close to home as possible. “Your support will help this happen,” he said.

State Deputy Chris Bencharski thanked the local Knights of Columbus Council for hosting the Celebrity Dinner on behalf of the more than 11,000 members in Saskatchewan. He also thanked the many sponsors and donors for their support in making this event such a huge success.

Garry Maier also thanked the many sponsors who supported the Celebrity Dinner including:

  • Les & Irene Dube
  • Tomas the Cook – Jim Tomas
  • Kelly Frie – Comfort Cabs
  • ASL Paving
  • Edible Arrangements
  • Knights of Columbus Charitable Foundation
  • Denis Mahoney Knights of Columbus Council #8215
  • Landis Knights of Columbus Council #5549
  • Balgonie Council # 10239
  • Globe Printers
  • ACT Audio Visual
  • Cathedral of the Holy Family
  • Blaine Lake Liquor 
  • Radouga Distilleries Inc.
  • Don Wehage & Sons
  • Rawlco Radio and Saskatoon Media Group
  • Lambert Lawn & Garden
  • Crossmount Cider Company



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