Roanoke Council provides ultrasound

to Blue Ridge Women's Center

May 11, 2013 – Karl Kleinhenz, Grand Knight of Roanoke Council 562, today presented checks totalling more than $27,000 to the Blue Ridge Women’s Center, a medical clinic that specializes in unplanned pregnancies, relationships and reproductive health.  “We could give no better gift this Mother’s Day weekend than to donate to the Blue Ridge Women’s Center the ability to provide mothers with the very best diagnostic ultrasound technology available,” Mr. Kleinhenz said.


Since the Center opened its doors in 1984, it has served more than 15,000 women free of change, providing services that include pregnancy testing and verification, ultrasound exams, classes for women and couples, a parenting and life skills program, and counselling for those who have had abortions.  The new ultrasound machine, a Siemens Acuson X150, is a state of the art device that will replace the Center’s older one.  It provides real time, high quality 3D imaging of children in the womb, and is among the most advanced ultrasound devices now available.


Roanoke Council 562 raised half the cost of the new machine, and their contribution was matched by the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus, in a program begun in January 2009.  Since then, K of C councils in 45 of the 50 states have donated 350 ultrasound machines to local pregnancy centers, at a total cost of nearly $10.5 million dollars.  More information about the program can be found at


Virginia Knights have donated six other machines in the state, to pregnancy centers in Richmond, Newport News, Front Royal, and Prince William and Loudoun Counties.  They also provided a machine to A Best Choice Mobile Ultrasound and Pregnancy Resource Center, the only mobile ultrasound and pregnancy resource center in the D.C. area, which focuses on the 15 colleges and universities in the metropolitan region.


Pregnancy Centers that have received Virginia Knights of Columbus ultrasound machines include:


Blue Ridge Women’s Center, Roanoke (

1st Choice Women’s Health Center, Landsdowne (

A Best Choice Mobile Ultrasound and Pregnancy Center, Woodbridge (

Front Royal Pregnancy Center (

Care Net Pregnancy Resource Center, Newport News (

Pregnancy Resource Center of Metro Richmond (

AAA Women for Choice of Manassas (


Members of Roanoke Council 562, led by Grand Knight Karl Kleinhenz, present a check

in the amount of $27,216 for a new, technologically advanced ultrasound machine

to the director of the Blue Ridge Women's Center.

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