Veterans Affairs Chairman

May 2023

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Brother Knights:

Pray for Wounded Warriors at the Lourdes, France Pilgrimage:   Brother Knights!   The 63rd annual “International Military Pilgrimage (PMI)” of Wounded Warriors and their Caregivers occurs this month from 12 - 14 May in Lourdes, France.  Once again, the US Knights of Columbus - through your kind Council/ Assembly and Individual donations - will be sponsoring 200+ attendees at the PMI.   Knights support covers the travel periods and expenses there and back during the period 9 - 15 May 2023……. At the cost for each Wounded Warrior or Caregiver of $2,600.   

MANY THANKS again for the tremendous outpouring and support by our Indiana Knights during this past Fraternal Year to help sponsor several military Pilgrims to this Holy Site.

I would ask that as your Councils & Assemblies begin their planning for Fraternal Year 2024 - please remember - and consider - a donation to the K of C “Warriors to Lourdes” Program.   It can also be done with your support of our on-going Veterans Affairs “GREAT BOURBON RAFFLE” (see info below) from which funds will be allocated to Lourdes.

THE GREAT BOURBON RAFFLE:    The Veterans Affairs Working Group is sponsoring a fundraiser to support the Warriors to Lourdes, the Military Chaplain/ Co-Sponsored Seminarian Scholarship, and a new initiative establishing a “Military Chaplain Sponsorship Program” to assist Catholic Priests from the State of Indiana currently serving on Active Duty or with the National Guard/ Reserves.   

This is a great opportunity for all bourbon drinkers!    The flyer (attached below) is self-explanatory.     The grand prize is a complete set of 8 bottles of the very popular Blanton’s Bourbon - with the different bottle top letters spelling out “B-L-A-N-T-O-N-S", a great collectible. There are also second and third prizes in addition to the grand prize - which will be drawn by a State K of C “Official” on 4 September.     In addition, we are including two “Early Bird Drawings” for those who hold tickets on 7 May and on 25 June.   

Only 300 tickets will be sold - at $100 per ticket. You do not need to be present to win; you do not need to be a member of the Knights of Columbus to purchase a ticket - but all ticket buyers must be at 21 years old.   All "Early Bird winners" will remain eligible for all drawings on September 4.    PLEASE NOTE:   we will deliver each Prize to any address anywhere in the state of Indiana - so if you sell a ticket to a friend/ acquaintance outside Indiana - we will deliver the prize to the Knight Seller with an Indiana address only.

To enter please contact Patrick Glavin (773-954-3975); Gerald Bromley (630-417-2515); Rick Santangelo (317-862-4137); John Higgins (260-409-7727); or me (Steve Lutz:  260-341-7556). We will need cash or check made out to Gerald Bromley or Patrick Glavin for $100 per ticket with your full legal name, address, cell phone number, and email address. Once the ticket money and information is processed - you will receive a photo copy of your ticket by email.  (FYI:  Indiana Gaming License #1642)

As always, it is my great pleasure to serve as your State Veterans Affairs Chairman - and to do all we can to assist those who have served our great nation!


Steve Lutz
Indiana State Veterans Affairs Chairman
PGK/ FDD/ US Army (R)
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