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Knights of Columbus golf tournament raises donation for Special Olympics athletes

June 26, 2019
By MELISSA BILL ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Knights of Columbus 6265 held its first annual golf fundraiser for Special Olympics of Lee County. The tournament raised more than $7,000, which was donated to Special Olympics on Saturday.

Tournament Chairman Bill Benz presented the check to Justin Copertino, the director of Special Olympics of Lee County who was in attendance with two of their top athletes, Mathew Seiler and Stephanie Pappas. Local Knight's chapter members Oscar Gamble, Carl Magno and Alain Capucci were also in attendance to award the check.

"We held a golf tournament on May 11 at Copperhead Golf Club and were able to raise $7,045, which are awarding today to the Special Olympics here in Lee County. All the money raised came from local businesses and golf courses," Benz said.

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Stephanie Pappas, Bill Benz, Carl Magno, Oscar Gamble, Justin Copertino, Mathew Seiler and Alain Capucci.


According to Benz, the Lee County Special Olympics currently has 1,300 athletes who stay involved in sports training and competition. The local chapter offers a variety of sports programs including: tennis, swimming, cycling, cheerleading, soccer, golf and flag football.

"It's a cause that's very dear to my heart and has been since I lived up north. Throughout the years I have had a lot of friends involved in the Special Olympics and wanted to give back to the organization," Benz said.

Florida Knights of Columbus donates more than $100,000 yearly to the state for Special Olympics and leads the way in other charities as well. Their charitable activities encompass a variety of local, national and international projects such as the Christian Refugee Relief Fund, Disaster Relief, Coats for Kids and partnering with international charities including Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity.

The organization contributes on a local level by donating time at events such as St. Raphael Fall Festival and other church- related fund-raising initiatives.

"The Knights of Columbus started in 1882 and was created to help women and children who were desolated due to the loss of a husband or father. It began as a group of Catholic men of faith and men of charitable action with insurance being the pillar. The insurance was created to help these families in their time of need," Gamble said. "Now our organization has grown to fund and raise money for all types of charities."

Knights of Columbus 6265 meets at Business Way in Lehigh Acres.

For more information the Florida State Council of Knights of Columbus visit or for the local Lehigh Acres Knights of Columbus 6265 visit



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