2013 Virginia Youth Activity of the Year

Grand Knight Michael Manlove accepts the 2013 Youth Activity of the Year Award from State Deputy Tommy Harger, on behalf of Pope Leo XIII Council 10804 in Virginia Beach.

Pope Leo XIII Council 10804


When the Youth Programs Chairman of Pope Leo XIII Council stood up at a meeting asking for help in raising funds to support the parish Youth Group trip to 2013 World Youth Day in Rio de Janerio, a Past Grand Knight had the solution. Since the council already had a fundraising dinner on the calendar, he thought it would be a great tribute to donate the funds raised to the Youth Group’s worthy project.


Members of the Youth Group wanting to "earn" the funds, made pulpit announcements for the dinner, helped with ticket sales after Mass, sold 50/50 and raffle tickets and helped serve the sold out crowd of 200 attending the dinner. The council spared no expense by flying in Chef Marvino from Italy, to oversee the preparation of the three course dinner; at least that is what they told the attendees.


The event did not stop with great food - members of the College of William and Mary Women’s Glee Club provided musical entertainment. The dinner was a great success; with the sold out ticket sales, 50/50 and raffle tickets sales, $2,000 was presented to the parish Youth Group for the trip to Rio de Janerio.



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