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Father Ragan Charitable Foundation




Members of Fr. Ragan Council 3269 Knights of Columbus founded the Father Ragan Charitable Foundation in 1995. It is a non-profit corporation of the State of Ohio and has tax-exempt status under IRS Code 501 (c) 3. This means donations are deductable under IRS rules.

Since inception, the foundation has distributed over $750,000.00 to area churches, schools and other charitable needs in the area. The primary benefactors of this money are the four primary parishes that comprise our council, including the churches, their schools and in the case of Holy Spirit, the PSR program. Money is also used for scholarships, Avon Lake High School K of C Wrestling Tournament and the annual Knights of Columbus Senior's Dinner.

As a member of Father Ragan Council you are, by default, a voting member of the Charitable Foundation. You are welcome to join in at the meetings and discussion of how funds are distributed. Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month and, if needed, on the 4th Thursday. Both start at 7:30 pm in the hall's meeting room. All of the support provided by the Foundation is the result of hard work by dedicated volunteers using various fundraisers, the most important of which is bingo. Currently, the Foundation operates bingo on Friday  nights.  In order to continue its charitable mission the Foundation must continue to increase the number of volunteers who help at bingo (our largest contributor of funds) and increase hall rental income.

We have identified a number of repair and improvement needs for the hall and its users.

To accomplish these ends and continue the benevolent work in our community the Foundation is looking for volunteers to help in various capacities. If you are able or if you know of someone who would like to join in this highly rewarding group effort please contact Foundation President Fred Metz  at 440-963-0747  (home) e-mail Fred.