FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 27 2011 Irmo Knights of Columbus Raises and Donates More Than $6,000 to Organizations Assisting Mentally Disabled and special Needs Students. IRMO- Our Lady of the Hills' Knights of Columbus Council 6892 recently held its annual luncheon and presentation to benefit its sponsored organizations, assisting mentally disabled children an children with special needs. The Irmo Knights of Columbus Council, which made one hundred and five percent of its fund raising goal for this year, held the February 19,2011 event at the church;s family life center, Located at 120 Marydale Lane. The Irmo Knights of Columbus Council, which made one hundred and five percent of this year's fund raising goal, made presentations of $3,085.17 each to the Fairwold Pendergrass School for mentally challenged students, located in Columbia, and the South Carolina Special Olympics. The presentations were made by council grand knight, Sir Knight Gerald Couture, and Father, David Whitman of Our Lady of the Hills Catholic Church. Father Whitman who recently became parochial vicar of Our Lady of the Hills Church, is also a member of the Knights of Columbus Organizations. The Irmo council would like to thank the community and the following local businesses for their continuing support of the Operation H.O.P.E fundraisers,that helped raise the more than $6,000 that was raised to benefit Fairworld Pendergrass School and South Carolina Special Olympics. Irmo Fatz Cafe' at 7420 Broad River Road, that sponsored the kickoff breakfast, this past August; Kroger Grocery store in Irmo, Sams Club Store in Harbison, and Wal-Mart on Bush River Rd. Operation H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everyday) is a nation wide Knights of Columbus campaign, that benefits various charities that work to assist and enhance the lives of physically and mentally Challenged citizens, and 85 percent of all proceeds stay within the community in which they are raised. For more information on the Irmo Knights of Columbus Council's Operation H.O.P.E fund raising programs to benefit the mentally disadvantaged citizens interested persons may contact Jim Sansonetti, Operation Hope Chairman, at 803-361-1801.