Things we do for our Parish Family and Community
As you can see, many of our activities are fundraisers. So, where does the money go? We use only the least amount needed for general council operations. We are proud that our council raises money for the following causes:
St. Ann’s Church
St. Ann’s School
Families In Need
Coats for Kids
Angel Scholarship Fund
Christmas Charity Pgm
Our Bingo program started back in 2008 as a way to begin funding our scholarship program. We’ve come a long way since then. Thanks to the hard work of many of our members. We all have a great time and give out lots of prize money. It’s a 50/50 – meaning half of the proceeds are used as prizes and the other half goes to our charity programs. Your admission covers 2 initial bingo cards and an awesome meal. It’s usually scheduled every month from September to April on a Wednesday evening – see our calendar for detailed dates/time. Come. Play. Win.
We recognize that blood supplies often run low at critical times. In partnership with the Keystone Miller Blood Bank, we run several blood drives all year long. Please keep watch for the next one and roll up those sleeves and give so others may live.
A very popular fundraiser event, so much so that we now have 2 every year. They are normally scheduled around Easter and feature reasonably priced meals for adults and kids. Baked or broiled, or mac-n-cheese for the kids, our Iron Chefs and their minions aim to please.
Food and School Supplies Drive
To help out the Second Harvest Food Bank in feeding a growing population of community members and to help disabled children through Mercy Special Learning Center, we hold an annual food and school supply drive. The folks at Walmart in Trexlertown have been generous each year to let us occupy their entrance in the hopes of stuffing our truck with lots of necessary supplies to feed our neighbors and help the school kids. Come by, pick up a suggestion list, and purchase a few extra items to take care of our friends who need some help.
Garden of Mercy
The Garden of Mercy is a 56 by 52 foot garden plot on the grounds of St. Ann’s Church in Emmaus. It is tended by the Knights and during harvest time, the fresh delicious produce is contributed to the local food pantry. Donations from other gardeners are also gladly accepted.
Keep Christ in Christmas
Forget the commercialization of Christmas and come celebrate the birth of our Lord with us. We have lot’s of yummy snacks and hot beverages to keep you singing as we gather around the nativity on display outside the school.
Our Thomas J. Mulkern scholarship program has grown to 2 annual scholarships – 1 each for a graduating high school student and graduating student of St. Ann’s enrolling in ACCHS. Applications are accepted from all St. Ann’s registered high school seniors (from any high school) and St. Ann’s School 8th graders heading on to Allentown Central Catholic. Last year we gave out a combined $2000 to help with expenses. These scholarships are based on service oriented criteria. Watch for announcements starting in April.
School Supply Drive/Kids Bingo & Ice Cream Social
By combining a Kids Bingo and Ice Cream Social, we collect new school supplies for St. Ann’s Parochial School at the start of each school year because all students deserve to have the necessities to succeed in school. The cost of admission is just a donation of a school supply like: glue sticks, 8 pack washable markers, 16 pack crayons, masking tape, transparent tape post-it notes, pens, # 2 pencils, index cards, paper clips, erasers, markers, folders, etc.