Knights of Columbus Emerald Coast Council #11893
“2022 It’s Fish Fry Friday”
Destin, Florida – The Emerald Coast Council of the Knights of Columbus #11893 held “2022 It’s Fish Fry Friday” in a different location this year. The 4 Fish Frys were held at Resurrection Catholic Church Parish Hall in Miramar Beach, FL in 2022. THIS IS A CHANGE from previous years when they were held at Corpus Christi Catholic Church Parish Hall in Destin, FL for many years. Corpus Christi has an exciting expansion and renovation for the church that is underway creating the need to utilize the Parish Hall for Mass and all parish events during the project. Fish Frys were held on January 14, 28 and February 11, 25. Over 1,700 dinners were sold. This was a Southern Fish Fry – complete with “all the fixins.” The cost was $12 ($6 for children 6-12).
Over the years, snowbird guests, Resurrection and Corpus Christi parishioners and the local community have graciously supported and benefitted from the community these events build. The beneficiaries of our donations also benefit from these efforts. A great time was had by all as guests enjoyed the night with lots of good food accompanied by lots of good people. 50/50 raffle participants were THE lucky winners receiving $200-$250 at each of the events. The event required 35-40 volunteers plus 12-15 for set up and 12-15 for cleanup. The events were promoted through press releases to local newspapers, social media, church bulletins and rack cards placed in 20+ locations in the Destin-Miramar Beach area. Great organization and hands on leadership were provided by John Colletta, Fish Fry Project Leader, PGK and current Treasurer. The Ladies Auxiliary came to the rescue and filled a gap when our previous supporter was unable to provide the desserts anymore.
The Annual Charity Golf Tournament, the Big Green Egg Raffle, the Online auction coupled with our Fish Frys and Tootsie Roll drives allowed Emerald Coast Council #11893 to average donating over $30,000 per year over the last 5 years. The Council supports charities such as Okaloosa and Walton County Special Olympics, Children’s Advocacy Center, AMI Kids, Catholic Charities, Seminarians, Disaster Relief, Food for Families, Coats for Kids, Retired Priests, our two parishes and others. The council draws its membership from Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Destin, FL and Resurrection Catholic Church in Miramar Beach, FL.
The Knights of Columbus Emerald Coast Council #11893 was established in 1996 and celebrated their 25th anniversary of serving the local community at a Mass and Banquet on November 12, 2021.