Knights of Columbus & NAMI Host Valentine’s Day Celebration

by Mackenzie Stasko on January 20, 2014 at 9:25 am

The Knights of Columbus are celebrating Valentine’s Day by helping the mentally ill in our community.

The Knights of Columbus and the National Alliance on Mental Illness 6-County are having their second annual Valentine’s Day Celebration on Feb. 15. The event will feature "Remember Then," a 50’s and 60’s rock and roll band, and an Italian dinner. Bruce Kolopajlo of the KOC says 100 percent of the proceeds will go to to support mental health in Muskingum County.

"One of the attributes of the Knights of Columbus is to provide charity back into the community and each year, on a national level, the Knights of Columbus supports mental health through the Measure Up Campaign and this is our way of contributing to that Measure Up Campaign to help mental health in our communities," Kolopajlo explained.

Paul Quinn, who is an officer for the NAMI, says 1 in 4 people are affected by mental illness. With the mentally ill often stereotypes and misunderstood, Quinn says the collaboration between the two organizations is a step in the right direction for the community.

"My family has dedicated itself to working on a volunteer basis for the National Alliance on Mental Illness to help spread the word and we’re really pleased that the K of C has gone into this event with us to help promote and pay for mental health services locally," Quinn said about the event.

The event is expected to sell out quickly, you can purchase tickets at Tom’s Ice Cream, or by calling the Knights of Columbus in the Sunrise Center.