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Garden Fest Successfully Raises Over $4,000 in Recent Fundraising Event

The Knights of Columbus 2319, a group of Catholic men dedicated to helping people in need of assistance, is pleased to announce the success of its 4th annual Garden Fest fundraising event. Through the community-wide support and generosity of our patrons, partners sponsors and volunteers, the 3-day April event held in the Holy Rosary Hall parking lot raised $4,108 to support Wellspring Niagara, Special Olympics, and St. Vincent de Paul Society.


Although the weather was a bit chilly and windy on April 12, 13, 14, Garden Fest brought together local residents happy to buy top quality, locally supplied products for a healthy lawn or garden while supporting our charity partners. Customers purchased bags of compost, fertilizer, grass seed, and potted plants. Garden Fest also featured a Barbecue on Saturday, purchased tickets in the Knights annual 50/50 draw, as well as making donations to the Bottle Drive and Food Collection to support the cause. The event shows us as a wonderful demonstration of the positive results we can achieve when the community is united for a common cause.


Susan Vigna entered a lucky ballot to win the Garden Fest door prize in a free draw offering a $50 gift certificate from Elio’s Foot Comfort Centre as well as a branded Journal with Pen and Coffee Tumbler donated by Impact Promotions.
"We are grateful for the generous support for Garden Fest and appreciate all the companies and individuals who contributed to its success," said Tim O’Brien, Garden Fest chair and Knights of Columbus 4th degree member. "The funds raised will be donated to our charity partners. None of this would have been possible without the unwavering support of our donors, sponsors, volunteers, and community partners. Together, we are truly making a difference in our community."


Thanks to Garden Fest Sponsors: Henderson’s Pharmacy, Foodland, Rolling Meadows, Big Red Market, Performance Air and Heating, JKJ Heating and Air Conditioning and Club Belvedere.


Thanks to Garden Fest Partners: Walker Industries, Niagara Orchard and Vineyard Corp, Schenck Farms, City of Thorold, Impact Promotions, Canal City Realty, Thorold Community Credit Union, Elio’s Foot Comfort Centre.


The Knights remain committed to community service, charity fundraising and offering fun things to do. The Knights invite everyone to enjoy their Beef on a Bun Dinner on the second Thursday of every month at Holy Rosary Hall, 4 pm to 7 pm, take-out only. The Knights also plan to host their annual Harvest Fest event on Saturday, September 7th. Stay tuned for more details.

Garden Fest 2024 - Pamphlet Shows Event Highlights

Garden Fest 2024 - pamphlet
 

The Garden Fest 2024 event details can be viewed in the pamphlet.  The layout covers key points on the 4th annual event including  a page focused on the product list and prices, as well as pages promoting our sponsors, charity partners, a free ballot for the door prize, and other event information.

The Knights of Columbus event team stepped up to deliver 5,000 copies of the pamphlet to households across the city of Thorold.  Thanks to sponsors that advertised in our pamphlet, the Knights were able to cover printing expenses so the fundraising can maximize donations to our charity partners ( Wellspring Niagara, Special Olympics and St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank).

Download a PDF copy of the pamphlet

Front Side of Pamphlet

Inside Panels of Pamphlet

Garden Fest 2024 - Fertilizer, Compost, Grass Seed, Plants

Garden Fest Brochure
 

Embrace the local beauty of nature and come together in Thorold for a delightful weekend of green-thumb fun at our Garden Fest. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just discovering your love for plants and lawn care, the Knights of Columbus have what it takes to create a vibrant gathering.

The fourth annual Garden Fest presented by the Knights of Columbus will generate a buzz in Thorold on April 12,13 and 14 in the Holy Rosary Hall parking lot. The 3-day tradition springs up community-wide excitement for those wanting healthy lawns and gardens. The 2024 sale will run on Friday, April 12, 4 pm – 7 pm, Saturday, April 13, 9 am – 4 pm, and Sunday, April 14, 9 am - 1 pm..

This event is open to all members of the community, and there's something for everyone to enjoy. Let's come together to celebrate our love for nature and cultivate a greener, eco-friendly community!

Don't miss out on this blooming opportunity to connect with fellow gardeners, support charities, and foster a stronger sense of community through our shared love of gardening and luscious lawns!

What to Expect:

Great Deals on Lawn and Garden Products

High-quality lawn and garden fertilizers supplied by Niagara Orchard & Vineyard Corp. will be on sale.

Garden compost donated by Walker Industries will be sold for $5 per bag.

Premium grass seed will be on sale with various options to choose.

Plant Sale: Stock up on locally grown begonias and kalanchoes from Schenck Farms to kick start your garden this season.

Barbecue – Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm

Indulge in delicious grilled favorites at the community barbecue on Saturday, April 13, 11 am to 2 pm. Enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs or sausages available for purchase at family-friendly prices.

Bottle Collection

To help keep the environment clean and safe, Garden Fest will feature a bottle and used battery collection. K of C volunteers will be in the parking lot to assist donors to drop off donations.

Food Bank Drive

Garden Fest welcomes everyone in our community to grow together and help persons in need of food. Non-perishable food items will be collected to support the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank in Thorold.

50/50 Draw

50/50 Draw tickets will be on sale for a chance to win a cash prize, and help the Knights help others.

Thanks to Garden Fest Sponsors

Financial support from our event sponsors helps the Knights cover expenses to promote Garden Fest. This allows the profits raised from the community sale to be donated to our charities.

Thanks to sponsors Henderson’s Pharmacy, Rolling Meadows Land Development Co., Big Red Market, Thorold Foodland, Performance Heating and Air, JKJ Heating and Air Conditioning, Club Belvedere for their financial support as well as many other event partners.

Event Proceeds To Charities

This year the proceeds from the fundraising event will go to Wellspring Niagara, Special Olympics and St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. Over the past three years, Garden Fest has donated more than $9,500 to charities.

Harvest Fest Donations Presented to Charities

More than $2,300 in proceeds from the Harvest Fest 2023 event were donated to charities recently by the Knights of Columbus 2319.

Carol Nagy, Executive Director, Hospice Niagara attended the Knights members meeting on Wednesday, October 11 to receive a $1,000 donation.  Carol expressed gratitude for the donation that will provide financial assistance to the hospice palliative care. Carol also made an informative presentation to describe the Hospice Niagara services, and their expansion with the construction of two new facilities ( Fort Erie and Welland).

Learn more about the Hospice Niagara captial campaign 

In addition to the $1,000 cheque presentation to Hospice Niagara at the meeting, the Knights also gave a $600 donation to Special Olympics and $500 to Holy Rosary Church, all made possible by the Harvest Fest fundraising. 

From left, Harvest Fest K of C member Joe Carella, Special Olympics athlete, Sydney Southern, Tony Scalzi, Grand Knight, and Albert Ciamarra, K of C member.


A $500 donation from the  Harvest Fest 2023 was presented by the Knights of Columbus to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church.  At the recent presentation pictured from left, Tim O'Brien (Harvest Fest event chair), Father Janusz Roginski (Pastor, Holy Rosary Church), and Tony Scalzi, (Grand Knight, K of C 2319).


A $270 donation from the Harvest Fest proceeds was also given to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank, which usually receives more than $2,000 annually from the Knights fundraising over the year.

 

Garden Fest Scheduled - Partners Wanted

Sponsor Information
 

We're welcoming sponsors to support the third annual Garden Fest set to run on Friday, April 14, 4 pm – 7 pm, Saturday, April 15, 9 am – 5 pm, and wrap up on Sunday, April 16, 9 am - 1 pm in the parking lot at Holy Rosary Hall, Sullivan Ave. Thorold.

The 3-day community sale hosted by the Knights of Columbus 2319 is open to the public in support of local charities. Proceeds will go to:

  • Special Olympics
  • St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank
  • Thorold Community Activities Group (TCAG) – Green the Roof campaign
  • Wellspring Niagara.

Great Deals on Fertilizer

A wide variety of high-quality lawn and garden fertilizers from Niagara Orchard and Vineyard Corp. will be on sale.

Compost

Compost donated by Walker Industries will be on sale.

Grass Seed

Premium grass seed will be on sale.

Bottle Drive

To help keep the environment clean and safe, Garden Fest will feature a bottle drive and used battery collection. The convenient drive-up in the parking lot will have K of C volunteers on site to assist donors to drop off donations.

Food Bank Drive

Non-perishable food items will be collected to support the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank in Thorold.

Barbecue on Saturday, April 15, 11 am to 3 pm

A barbecue will be set up with hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage, and pop on sale Saturday from Noon to 5 pm.

50/50 Draw

Buy tickets for the K of C 50/50 draw and get a chance to win the cash prize.

Sponsors Wanted

Community-minded companies are welcome to support Garden Fest as event partners.Sponsors can promote their brand, while supporting the fundraiser to benefit local charities.
Thanks to the City of Thorold, Bocchifuso Funeral Home, Big Red Market for supporting Garden Fest.


Contact Paul Carfagnini for sponsor information. 905-328-5296

 

Garden Fest Donations to Charities

3rd Annual Community Event Raises Over $3,200

By announcing donations of $3,250 to local charities the Garden Fest 2023 event shows how the bounty keeps on growing in Thorold.
Prior to their monthly meeting on May 10th, Knights of Columbus 2319 members stood proudly in presenting donations to the Garden Fest charity partners. The great news is that the Thorold Community Activities Group (shown at top of page) and Special Olympics will each receive a $1,000 donation from the Garden Fest proceeds this year.

Pictured above, from left, Yasser Elkhayal and John Henderson from Henderson's Pharmacy (Garden Fest sponsor) supporting Special Olympics athletes Andrea ( 5 pin and 10 pin bowling), Connor, (swimming and baseball) and Sydney (swimming) accept the donation presented by K of C 2319 Grand Knight Tony Scalzi, In the photo at the top of the page, Megan Gilchrist, Executive Director, TCAG, accepted the donation from the presentation group.

The successful 2023 fundraiser also made a $700 donation to Wellspring Niagara. Pictured at the presentation on May 19th in the Wellspring Niagara Centre, Tony Scalzi, Grand Knight, K of C 2319, Ann Mantini-Celima, Excecutive Director, Wellspring Niagara, and Kelly Liddycoat, Owner/Funeral Director, Bocchinfuso Funeral Home (Garden Fest sponsor).

A $550 pledge from the event proceeds will go to the Holy Rosary Church Roof Repair Fund.
The third annual Garden Fest presented by the Knights of Columbus also collected non-perishables to fill several barrels to donate to the St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Bank in Thorold.
The community event was held on April 14,15 and 16 in the Holy Rosary Hall parking lot. People came to buy high-quality lawn and garden fertilizers and grass seed supplied by Niagara Orchard & Vineyard Corp. as well as garden compost donated by Walker Industries. To help keep the environment clean and safe, Garden Fest featured a bottle and used battery collection.
Financial support from event sponsors helped the Knights cover expenses to run Garden Fest. The Knights expressed their gratitude to sponsors Henderson’s Pharmacy, Bocchinfuso Funeral Home, Big Red Market, and Thorold Foodland for their financial support. Event partners such as the City of Thorold and Thorold Community Credit Union helped the event to run smoothly. The City of Thorold, Creekview Floral Co., JC Patissier, Julie’s Tire and Auto, and Angelo Domanico supported the event by donating to the VIP Prize Pack won by Joe Saldarelli who filled in a ballot to win the free draw.


Over the past three years, Knights of Columbus fundraising events including Garden Fest (2021, 2022, 2023) and Harvest Fest (2022) have donated a total of $12,575 to charities:
• $3,700 to Wellspring Niagara
• $2,775 to Special Olympics
• $1,950 to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church
• $1,775 to SVDP
• $1,000 to TCAG
• $800 to Hospice Niagara
• $575 to Niagara Health Foundation



Stay tuned for the bounty to grow and give generously to the community as the Knights plant the seed for their 2nd annual Harvest Fest, September 9-10 in Thorold. Exact details will be coming soon.

Harvest 2023 Is Growing with Sponsors and Vendors

Harvest Fest Sponsor Plans
 

Harvest Fest Vendor Plan
 

We would like to introduce Harvest Fest 2023 to local companies and extend invitations for sponsors and vendors to join the community event celebrating Niagara’s goodness.

Harvest Fest 2023 will be our second year for this event presented by the Knights of Columbus 2319. This year Harvest Fest will take place on Saturday September 9th, 9 am to 4 pm at Holy Rosary Hall in Thorold. Proceeds from Harvest Fest 2023 will be donated to Hospice Niagara, Special Olympics and St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.

Our goal is to grow the inaugural Harvest Fest event we held in September 2022 at our Holy Rosary Parish Hall. Given the general enthusiasm we witnessed last fall and the positive feedback that flowed in from our community, our members decided to keep growing the event at the hall in September 2023.

Our offerings last year included an artisan fair with crafters, farmers (honey and peppers) as well as the Knights of Columbus booth with fresh fall vegetables and potted mums. The Thorold Fire Department and Niagara Regional Police joined us for our Kid’s Safety Zone. We also featured a food court inside the hall for visitors to purchase a variety of products to enjoy, while connecting with friends from our community.

At the event, the Knights also promoted our 50/50 raffle tickets, accepted donations of non-perishables for SVDP food bank and a refundable bottle drive.

Bargain hunters were thrilled to find their treasures in our Harvest Fest Rummage Sale inside the hall. We also introduced a Tomato Sauce competition, which was a big hit. All in all, in our first year we raised over $3,000 for various charities. This year we will be extending further invitations to other vendors and farmers and hope to also have more organizations attend.

For some history, in April 2023 we hosted our 3rd annual Knight’s of Columbus Garden Fest event which was held in the parking lot of our Parish Hall. Overall, our four events over the last three years (Garden and Harvest Fest events) have raised more than $12,500 in donations to various charities such as Hospice Niagara, Wellspring Niagara, Our Lady of the Hold Rosary Church, St Vincent de Paul Food Bank, Special Olympics, the Niagara Health Foundation for the Walker Family Cancer Centre, and the Thorold Community Activities Group, to name a few.

How can you help our community grow with Harvest Fest? Please spread the word to help us get more sponsors and vendors, as well as more visitors to come to make the event a greater success.

Tim O'Brien, Harvest Fest event chair, 905-327-9999, tobrien@turnermoore.com

Council 2319 Celebrates 100 Years in Thorold

The 100th anniversary event hosted by the Knights of Columbus was a magnificent milestone.

Grand Knight, Tony Scalzi welcomed guests at the Club Belvedere Banquet Hall on Saturday, December 10, 2022, to celebrate 100 years of service by our council in Thorold.

K of C Member, Tim O'Brien read a letter from Supreme Knight, Patrick E. Kelly, followed by other congratulatory messages.

Knights’ member Frank Crossan accepted a certificate from the Niagara Region presented by Regional Councillor Tim Whelan

In a speech, Thorold Mayor Terry Ugulini commended the Knights on their community service and acts of charity over the years.

Members of the Knights accepted a certificate from the City of Thorold in a presentation including Councillors Henry D’Angela, Carmen DeRose and Mayor Terry Ugulini.

A member of the Knights for 75 years, Randy Harrison was honoured in the presentation.

Father Jose from Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church lead the gathering in a prayer of thanks before dinner.

It was an evening to show a sense of gratitude for the many years of charity by the Knights.

It was a celebration to raise a glass and say cheers for the unity in our community.

It was a night for fun times among brother Knights and their guests.

It was a time for friends to come together and share the fellowship.

It was a feast for the Knights and their friends to enjoy

Overall, the event celebrated how our local Knights have maintained the Order’s principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism for 100 years.

Stay tuned to the Knights of Columbus to see how these Catholic men continue to put faith into action for the next 100 years and further into the future.

Tomato Sauce Contest at Harvet Fest

Tomato Sauce Contest Rules
 

The Tomato Sauce Contest at our upcoming Harvest Fest has cooked up interest in our community as we try to find the best sauce made in Thorold-Niagara.

Amateur sauce makers are invited to bring their cooked, homemade tomato sauce to Harvest Fest inside Holy Rosary Hall anytime prior to judging by a panel of local experts.  

Judging starts at 12 pm, Sun. Sept. 11, 2022

Please bring your cooked sauce in a 12-ounce glass jar  (that's the minimum size).

Sauces will be judged in four characteristics:

  • Texture
  • Vsual appeal / red colour should be bright and intense,
  • Taste/Flavor (good balance of ingredients, flavors and textures)
  • Aroma / Smell

Each sauce can score up to 10 points for each characteristic. A perfect score is 40 points. It's your chance to win a prize and earn the honour to be crowned Thorold's Sauce Boss.

The grand prize winner will receive a $100 Club Capri voucher.  A gift card donated by John’s Meat Shop among other prizes will be up for grabs in the contest.  

There is no charge to enter the contest. Entrants are encouraged to pre-register via email to paulcarf@gmail.com. Pre-registration is an option to help the K of C process the entries on submission at Holy Rosary Hall

Pre-Registration via email including name, phone, and ingredients list will be accepted up to Friday, Sept. 9, 6:00 pm.  After this cut-off date, entrants may register and drop off their sauce at Holy Rosary Hall during Harvest Fest. 

Sauce Entry Drop Off: Saturday, Sept. 10, 9am-5pm & Sunday, Sept. 11, 9am to 11:30am

All entries must accept and follow all the official rules.

On top of the tomato sauce contest, Harvest Fest will be a celebration of all the goodness in Niagara.  A farmers’ market, food court, arts and crafts show, kids safety village, 50/50 draw, food and bottle collection, and much more will be featured at the 2-day event.  Candy floss, ice cream and freezies will on sale at family friendly prices. Fall lawn and garden products including fertilizer, compost, and grass seed will on sale.

Proceeds from Harvest Fest will go to Hospice Niagara, Wellspring Niagara, and SVDP Food Bank.

Garden Fest 2023 - Get Great Deals on Top Quality Lawn and Garden Products

Garden Fest 2023 products price list
 

The third annual Garden Fest is growing as the community event blossoms with more good things to enjoy.  The event will take place in the Holy Rosary Hall parking lot on Fri. April 14th , 4 - 7 pm, Sat. 15th 9 am - 5 pm, Sun.16th, 9 am - 1 pm.
Come to Garden Fest 2023 to get great deals on products for a healthy lawn and garden, while supporting local charities.
This year, we are including the TCAG (Green the Roof campaign) in the group of charities to benefit from the fundraiser. Garden Fest will also donate to the Special Olympics, St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank and Wellspring Niagara.

Garden Fest 2023 Products & All-in Prices

Top quality products supplied by Niagara Orchard and Vineyard Corp.

#1 10-0-0 Weed Arrest
2,000 sq. ft. per 18.1 kg $60.00
Corn Gluten Meal 100%. Germination inhibitor. Use on established lawns.
Apply early Spring; twice per year, before a rainfall.

#2 10-10-10 Lawn Food
5,500 sq. ft. per 25 kg. $30.00
General all-purpose, good for lawns, shrubs, gardens. Safe and reliable. Will not burn when applied according to rates. Apply more frequently for full season requirements. Pesticide Free.

#3 15-15-15 Garden Food
5,500 sq. ft. per 25 kg. $38.00.
General all-purpose, good for lawns, shrubs and gardens. Higher concentrate, less filler. Apply twice per year for full season requirements. Pesticide free.

#4 Hi-Cal Nutra-lime
6,000 sq. ft. per 25 kg.
$17.00Pelletized limestone for lawn, turf and garden. Improves soil structure. Contains calcium and magnesium nutrients essential for plant growth. No mess, works in any spreader. Pesticide free.

#5 10-20-20 Fall Lawns
5,500 sq. ft. per 25 kg. $38.00
Lower Nitrogen rate for fall application. Higher phosphorous and potassium levels to help lawns through tough winters. Pesticide free.

#6 28-4-8 Slow Release 60%
11,600 sq. ft. per 25 kg. $46.00
Less frequent applications. Provides lawn nutrition for 6 to 8 weeks. Extra slow release nitrogen source.
Pesticide free.

#7 TURFLINE SUN GRASS SEED
1.5 kg. $20.00

#8 TURFLINE Shadow Grass Seed
1.5 kg. $22.00

#9 NOVC seed mix 33-33-34%
25 kg. $220.00

#10 COMPOST - Bagged
Compost donated by Walker Industries. $5.00 per bag

Garden Fest also offers visitors some activities to help us support our charities.

50/50 draw
Purchase tickets in the K of C 2319 50/50 draw for a chance to win a cash prize and you’re helping us help others!

Bottle Drive
Donate recyclable beer, wine or liquor containers purchased in Ontario. All proceeds go to charities.

Food Collection
We’re collecting non perishable foods for the SVDP Food Bank to support local families in need.

Barbecue
Saturday, April 15, 11 AM TO 3 PM
The Knights will fire up the barbecue to grill hot dogs, hamburgers and sausages for a nice price.

Win VIP Prize Pack - Enter Free Ballot

Come to Garden Fest and enter a free ballot for a chance to win our VIP Prize Pack stuffed with items donated by our event supporters:

  • Angelo Domanico, Karcher K2 Ergo Electric Pressure Washer
  • City of Thorold, Official City of Thorold jersey, sunglasses, mug
  • Creekview Floral Co., $40 Gift Certificate
  • JC Patissier, $50 Gift Certificate
  • Julie’s Tire & Auto, 2 x Gift Certificates. Value $39.95 each. Lube, Oil, Filter,plus 30 point inspection & tire rotation

Proceeds to Charities
Proceeds from Garden Fest will go to

  • Special Olympics
  • SVDP Food Bank
  • Thorold Community Activities Group
  • Wellspring Niagara

Thanks to our event sponsors Henderson's Pharmacy, Bocchinfuso Funeral Home, Thorold Foodland, and Big Red Market.  We appreciate the assistance of our event partners including the City of Thorold, Thorold Community Credit Union, Impact Promotions and Niagara Orchard and Vineyard Corp. 

Come to Garden Fest and help us grow together!

Harvest Fest Is Growing Fun, Food, and Fundraising

Community Event Runs September 10 & 11 at Holy Rosary Hall, Thorold

A Tomato Sauce Contest is just one ingredient that is cooking up interest in Harvest Fest with a farmers’ market, arts and crafts show, food court and other fun activities to support charities on September 10 and 11 at Holy Rosary Hall in Thorold.

The 2-day event hosted by the Knights of Columbus will run on Saturday, September 10 from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday, September 11 from 9 am to 1 pm.  A Kids’ Safety Village with the Thorold Fire Department and Niagara Regional Police Services will be set up in the parking lot. A Rummage Sale, as well as a food collection and bottle drive will support local charities.  Proceeds from Harvest Fest will go to Hospice Niagara, Wellspring Niagara, and St. Vincent De Paul Food Bank.

For the contest, amateur sauce makers are invited to bring their cooked, homemade tomato sauce to Harvest Fest for a chance to win prizes and the honour to be crowned “Thorold’s Sauce Boss.”  Judging starts at 12 pm, Sun. Sept. 11.

Sauces will be judged in four characteristics: texture, visual appeal, taste/ flavor, and aroma / smell. Go to kofc2319.org for contest rules and more details on the contest.

Harvest Fest will host vendors in a themed arts and crafts show as well as some exhibitors offering community services including:

Carrie’s Cozies, City of Thorold, Club Capri, Feast of the Assumption, Sew Thoughtful (Sat. only), Josephine’s Knits, Marko Honey Bees, Painted Pots Etc by Mommabogs, Porch Swing Studio, Scentsy - Kristen LaRose, Simply Twinspired, Snuffy’s Creations, Niagara Beeway, Suzi’s Crazy Towel Hobby, Tesori Nails with Sarah, The Wooded Samaritan, Thorold Garden Club, Thorold Seniors Centre, Triple Feathers.

Produced genuinely as a community event, Harvest Fest has pulled together the support of numerous partners such as 91.7 Giant FM, Brock University, City of Thorold. Canal City Realty, Club Capri, Country 89, Feast of Assumption, Holy Rosary Church, John’s Meat Shop, NRPS 529 Garage, Schenck Farms, Thorold Fire Department and Walker Industries.

This free community event for all ages is made possible thanks to the financial contributions of sponsors Bocchinfuso Funeral Home, Big Red Markets, Henderson’s Pharmacy, Impact Promotions, and Marr’s Thorold Foodland.

As a bonus for coming to Harvest Fest, visitors will get a free ballot for a chance to win a VIP Prize Pack containing cool items donated by participating vendors and partners.  It’s just one more ingredient in the Harvest Fest recipe for the fun in fundraising.

50/50 Raffle Tickets Now On Sale

Knights of Columbus 50/50 raffle tickets are now available. Tickets cost $2.00 each, 3 for $5.00 or $20.00 for a book of 12. Proceeds from this raffle will go to the Knights of Columbus 2319 in Thorold. The draw will be held in May, 2022. Contact Bob Merrill to get your tickets. Email: rmerrill0102@gmail.com or phone 905-324-2919

Thorold Fertilizer Sale Grows with Transitions in 2021

Annual Community Event to Be Hosted by Knights of Columbus
 

The annual Thorold Fertilizer Sale will continue to grow with a transition in 2021 by involving a new host and different location for the community event. Organized in past years by John and Teresa Tepylo at the Pine Plaza in Thorold, the annual fundraising event in 2021 will be hosted by the Knights of Columbus 2319. The 3-day event in April will be held in the rear parking lot at Holy Rosary Hall, 35 Queen St. S., Thorold.

 

“Teresa and I will be passing on the Thorold Fertilizer Sale to the Knights of Columbus for the 2021 year and beyond.  We will assist them in the first year with ordering and logistics. The Knights are eager and excited to continue this venture that Teresa and I successfully started in Thorold eleven years ago,” stated TFS co-founder John Tepylo,

In support of local charities, the sale will be open to the public on Friday, April 9, 4 pm – 9 pm, and run Saturday, April 10, 9 am – 9 pm, and wrap up on Sunday, April 11, 9 am to 4 pm.

 “Because there was no sale in 2020 as a result of Covid, we feel that the sales for 2021 will be greater than in any previous year, and project that about 14 skids of fertilizer can be sold by the Knights,” added TFS co-founder. Teresa Tepylo.

 

Pictured above at the Fertilizer Sale in 2013, John and Teresa Tepylo developed the event

that has grown over the years in support of local charities.

New Location and New Items for Sale

In addition to a selection of good quality lawn and garden fertilizers typically featured at the annual sale, new product ideas under consideration by the Knights of Columbus event committee include mulch, grass seed, and other options.  Tickets for a 50/50 draw will start in January and be available for buyers at the event. Ideas to grow the fundraising event include a bottle drive, as well as the sale of take-out foods.

“The central location opens up possibilities for the sale in a spacious area with safe, easy curbside pick-up in proximity to our council’s building in Holy Rosary Hall,” stated Tony Scalzi, Grand Knight, Knights of Columbus 2319.

As a group of Catholic men, the Knights volunteer to get things done in their community.  In doing so, the Knights are guided by the principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.

Parish Welcome Barbecue Continues Come Together Series at Holy Rosary

It's time to come together for a Parish Welcome Barbecue! All Parishoners of Holy Rosary are invited to a barbecue on Saturday, June 11, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the Holy Rosary Hall. Hotdogs $2. Pop $1, free coffee and treats. Please plan to "Come Together" with the Knights of Columbus and Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish family.

The barbecue event is part of the long-term initiative for people in the Holy Rosary community to come together to reconnect, regenerate, and rejoice.

This event and future ones the Knights and Our Lady of the Holy Rosary parish coordinate will help us all reconnect with each other through much needed social interactions. Social distancing and optional mask protocols will be respected. Let’s get together as we are all in this together.

Healthy Brains Café Helps Community Reconnect at Presentations on Dementia and Alzheimer’s

Download Healthy Brains Cafe poster
 

The community is invited to reconnect while learning about dementia and Alzheimer’s at two presentations on Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Thorold.  The free Healthy Brains Café will feature speakers from the Alzheimer Society Niagara Region as well as coffee and treats.  The presentations will be held in the Holy Rosary Hall, 35 Queen St. S. at 10:45 am and a second session at 12:15 pm.

The 10:45 am presentation will offer some Italian translation, while the 12:15 pm presentation will be in English.  Following each presentation, participants will have time to ask questions, join in the conversations, enjoy some treats, and reconnect at the social get-togethers.

The presentation in English at 12:15 pm will feature guest speaker Sarah Putman RSSW, BA, Director of Education, Alzheimer Society Niagara Region.  Angela Cancellara, Public Education Coordinator. Alzheimer Society Niagara Region will be the guest speaker at the 10:45 am presentation in English/ Italian.

What is Dementia and Healthy Brain Presentation

The speakers will explain the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s. Participants will learn about the treatment options for persons with dementia. Presentations will show how Healthy Brain activities can be part of the treatment and prevention of dementia.  Information will be presented to help you find support for persons with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

The community event is being presented by the Knights of Columbus Sacred Heart Council 2319 and Our Lady of The Holy Rosary Parish.

“With entering our third year of society bearing the threat of Covid-19 and the absolute isolation we have all endured because of it, all of us are at greater risk. This event and future ones the Knights and Our Lady of the Holy Rosary parish coordinate will help us all reconnect with each other through much needed social interactions. Social distancing and optional mask protocols will be respected. Let’s get together as we are all in this together,” said event organizer Tim O’Brien, a Knights of Columbus 2319 member.

Open Invitation – All Welcome

The event organizers extend a warm welcome to all members of the Holy Rosary Parish as well as people in the community to attend the presentations.   For further information please contact the parish office, 905-227-3178, holyrosary@cogeco.net or

Sir Knight Tim O’Brien, Faithful Recorder – Sacred Heart Council 2319, 905-327-9999, tobrien@turnermoore.com

Our Community Reconnected at Parish Welcome Barbecue

We were happy to see our community come together at the Holy Rosary Parish Welcome Barbecue on Saturday, June 11 following the 5 pm Mass.

People of all ages reconnected with friends and families, while enjoying grilled hotdogs, soft drinks, coffee and treats.

Stay tuned for more social times to be hosted by the Knights of Columbus at Holy Rosary as we reconnect, regenerate, and rejoice. Let's come together!


Event Photos

Hot diggity dog! it's Grillmaster Mike Pennachetti and Albert Ciamarra taking care of business.


The DeRose family gives thumbs up to the fun night as they relish the good times at Holy Rosary.


Groups of all ages were hanging out with their grill friends.


Let's be frank, friends enjoyed the good times to chat because we need to relish today, ketchup tomorrow.,
and always come together when we have hotdogs!

Some people were taking a lot of time spreading the condiments on their hotdog,
while enjoying conversations. Maybe they just like to relish the moment.

People were playing ketchup after the Pandemic shutdowns.
Clancy Teacher & City Councillor, Caremn DeRose and his buddy Jon-Paul Carfagnini reconnect with Sister Consolata who said she remembers JP from the days of his First Holy Communion. when she arrived in Thorold. about 15 years ago
 

Members of the the Knights of Columbus 2319, Frank Durbiano, Nick Pizzacalla, and Victor LaFratta,
Let's be frank, the Knights were happy to host the barbecue and see the community come together!
 

View more pictures of people enjoying our event on our Facebook page.

Garden Fest Event Grows - Supporting 4 Charities

The second annual Garden Fest is growing as the community event blossoms with more good things to enjoy.

The 3-day event in April will be hosted by the Knights of Columbus 2319 in the rear parking lot at Holy Rosary Hall, 35 Queen St. S., Thorold.

In support of local charities, the sale will be open to the public on Friday, April 1, 4 pm – 8 pm, and run Saturday, April 2, 9 am – 5 pm, and wrap up on Sunday, April 3, 9 am - 2 pm. 

This year the Walker Family Cancer Centre (Niagara Health Foundation) has been added to the group of charities to receive proceeds from the fundraising event.  Garden Fest will also donate to the Special Olympics, St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank, Wellspring Niagara.  Overall, in its first year, Garden Fest donated $4,100 to local charitable organizations in 2021.

Great Deals on Fertilizer

A wide variety of high-quality lawn and garden fertilizers will be on sale at Garden Fest. Fertilizer options will include 10-20-20, 15-15-15- Hi-Cal Nutralime, Corn gluten, 28-4-8 60%SCU and 10-10-10.  Prices and pre-order forms for the sale will be available in mid-March.

The product mix will also offer gardeners a selection of compost donated by Walker Industries available for a cash contribution or non-perishable food items for the SVDP Food Bank.  Premium grass seed supplied by Hydro Lakes Hydro Grass Seeding will be on sale. 

Bottle Drive

To help keep the environment clean and safe, Garden Fest will also feature a bottle drive and used battery collection. The convenient drive-up in the parking lot will have K of C volunteers on site to assist donors to drop off donations.

The bottle drive is an opportunity to do our part to save the environment by dropping off beverage alcohol containers purchased in Ontario on which a deposit has been paid. All collected wine, beer, and spirit containers over 100ml have a deposit value of 10 or 20 cents. All proceeds from the collection will be donated to the Garden Fest charities.

Food Bank Drive

Garden Fest is an opportunity for everyone in our community to grow together and help our neighbours across Thorold continue to access the food they need. Non-perishable food items will be collected at Garden Fest to support the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank in Thorold.

Most needed items include peanut butter, rice and pasta, canned stews and soups, canned meat and fish, juice boxes, lunch snacks, toiletries, and baby formula. Recipients are extremely grateful for the support that they receive through the SVDP Food Bank. They welcome donations of safe, high- quality foods so that they can feed themselves and their households healthy, nutritious meals.

Barbecue on Saturday, April 2, 12 pm to 5 pm.

A barbecue will be fired to up to grill the famous Big Red Market hamburgers and hot dogs on sale Saturday from Noon to 5 pm.  

Thanks to Garden Fest Sponsors

Financial support from our event sponsors helps the Knights cover expenses to run Garden Fest. This way all the profits raised from the community sale can be donated to our charities.  Thanks to Bocchinfuso Funeral Home, Big Red Market, and Henderson’s Pharmacy for their generous support.

Donations in Tin Cans by Knights of Columbus 2319 Support Charity

What would you find in common when visiting local businesses such as Riganelli's Bakery, Thorold Community Credit Union, Thorold Medical Pharmacy, or Big Red Market?
These are all different types of businesses, from medical, financial, food, but these place all have one thing in common with our community.
Actually, when customers shop at numerous local businesses, they often drop in their coins into tin cans for donations local charities collected by the Knights of Columbus. The coins add up every month and Bob Merrill, a Knights of Columbus member, goes around to the 18 businesses to collect the donations for a charity.

"Proceeds from the Knights of Columbus tin can donations help to support local charities, with emphasis on area food banks. The Food Bank Campaign is just one part of the many Knights of Columbus Council 2319’s initiatives," Bob stated.


Knights of Columbus Coin Donation Can Locations

 

  • Big Red Market Richmond St., Thorold
  • Buck or Two Plus Pine Shopping Centre, Thorold
  • First Ontario Credit Union Albert St., Thorold
  • Riganelli’s Thorold Collier Rd., Thorold
  • Summit Tavern Front St., Thorold
  • Thorold Community Credit Union, Front Street, Thorold
  • Thorold Medical Pharmacy Albert St. Thorold
  • Dinh Dinh Asian Foods Geneva St. St. Catharines
  • Fat Cats Pizza Rockwood Ave. St. Catharines
  • Giant Tiger Welland Ave. St. Catharines
  • Glendale Auto Recycling Glendale Ave. St. Catharines
  • Hartzel Pharmacy Hartzel Rd. St. Catharines
  • Home Hardware Hartzel Rd. St. Catharines
  • Maplelane Pharmacy Welland Ave. St. Catharines
  • Merritton Pharmacy Hartzel St. Catharines
  • No Frills Welland Ave. St. Catharines
  • Pistachio’s Welland Ave. St. Catharines
  • The Peanut Mill Welland Ave. St. Catharines


Other location are welcome to join by emailing Bob Merrill.  rmerrill0102@gmail.com
Other fund raising presented by the local Knights of Columbus over the years include an array of endeavours.

  • Turkey raffle
  • 50/50 draws
  • Spent battery collection
  • Monthly beef on a bun dinner
  • Bottle drives
  • Coats for Kids
  • Fertilizer Sale - slated for April 2021

Holy Rosary Parish support programs among other initiatives by the Knights council 2319 in Thorold.
The Knights of Columbus is a worldwide champion of charity, generosity, and kindness. The Knights prove it by putting food of hungry families, or putting coats on the backs of kids. Every day, the Knights prove their commitment to charity to charity through countless acts, large and small, like the tin can coin collection.
Please donate a coin or two the next time you see one of the Knights' cans to support a local charity.

Artisan and Farmer Vendors Wanted for Harvest Fest

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Sponsor Plan
 

Local artisans and farmers have a new and exciting opportunity to sell their creations in Thorold’s Harvest Fest in September. Vendor applications are now being accepted for the event hosted by the Knights of Columbus 2319. The event will be held on Saturday, September 10 from 9 am to 5 pm. and Sunday, September 11, from 9 am to 1 pm, 2022. The free two-day event will take place at Holy Rosary Hall, inside the spacious facility as well as booths or tents located outside.
“We are looking for vendors to meet shoppers coming to browse dozens of booths offering unique handmade items including arts and crafts created by local artisans, as well as locally grown fruits and vegetables from farmers,” said event chair, Tim O’Brien.
The search for vendors will look for local artisans to showcase a variety of creations for visitors to see and buy. Additionally, Harvest Fest has been designed to welcome people of all ages to reconnect and come together in a friendly setting.
“We can’t wait for our new Harvest Fest event,” said event chair, Tim O’Brien. “The Knights of Columbus 2319 is grateful for the support from many volunteers, sponsors, and vendors to produce a community event that is shaping up to be a success.”
Among the exhibitors at Harvest Fest, Niagara Beeway will offer tips on planting for pollinators. Attendees will learn about bees as pollinators and the important role they play in the ecosystem. Visitors will learn about plants to plant to save the bees in Niagara. It all supports the growth of trees, flowers, and other plants, which serve as food and shelter for large and small creatures.
Event organizers are looking for vendors to serve foods for visitors to enjoy in celebration of the local harvest. A sitting area inside the hall will be open for visitors to taste Niagara’s goodness.
Designed to celebrate our rural heritage in Niagara, Harvest Fest will welcome local farmers to sell their in-season vegetables, fruits, flowers, and plants for people to buy. Fall fertilizer, grass seed, compost and other lawn and gardening products will be sold by the Knights.
The Knights will be collecting non perishable foods to support the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. Visitors can also support a charitable bottle drive by dropping off beverage alcohol containers purchased in Ontario on which a deposit has been paid.
Harvest Fest will raise funds for a local charity to be named soon. Holy Rosary Hall is located at 35 Queen St. S., Thorold. Free parking will be available for visitors entering from Sullivan Ave.

"Proceeds raised by the Knights from this event will be earmarked for the Charities of the Knights of Columbus as we have done in the past with our recent successful annual Spring Garden Fest events of 2022 and 2021 as well as our countless other events we have held for more than 100 years of our Council’s existence," said O'Brien.
For more information on Harvest Fest, or to book a vendor booth phone Paul Carfagnini via 905-328-5296 or email paulcarf@gmail.com.

A Contemplative Rosary - Lifts Our Hearts to Heights of Contemplation

A Contemplative Rosary will be celebrated for the Feast of the Visitation on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 7:00 pm at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 21 Queen St. S., Thorold.

Pray the Joyful Mysteries with scripture and song. Music written by Bob Hurd and presented by Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Music Ministry and the Niagara Men’s Schola.

Celebrated annually on May 31, the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates the Virgin Mary's visit to her cousin, Elizabeth. The meeting of these two women was a joyful and unique event.

The Contemplative Rosary is known as method of praying the Rosary that integrates vocal prayer and mental prayer in a manner that can, by God’s sacred action, raise our hearts to the higher levels of contemplation.

Learn more about ways to enrich your prayer life with the Contemplative Rosary in this article by Dan Burke and Connie Rossini on the Catholic Exchange website.

50 /50 Draw Gives the Knights Chance to Help Charity - Make Winner Happy

The Covid-19 pandemic poses restrictions on community events, but the Knights of Columbus in Thorold will try to overcome the challenge by promoting a contactless 50-50 Draw.
The current shutdown prevents the Knights from holding activities the local council normally runs such as the monthly Beef on a Bun nights. However, the 50 - 50 draw is a chance for each member of the Knights to promote ticket sales through their bubble, phone calls or emails to friends and co-workers.
"Covid 19 has placed in front of us an exceptional opportunity to show our great side. A chance for every member of the Knights to step up to the plate and help. Our main fund raising activities are gone, but our commitments to our charitable responsibilities have not," said Bob Merrill, Knight of Columbus member and organizer of the licensed promotion.
All proceeds from the fundraising promotion launched in January 2021 will benefit a local charity. The draw for the lucky winner will be held on May 22, 2021.
Members of the Knights of Columbus in Thorold have received 50/50 tickets to sell to friends and family. The price for one ticket is $2, or three tickets for $5.  One lucky ticket buyer will win the cash prize totaling 50 percent of the monies collected for the draw.
It is this type of community service and charity that are principles that drive the Knights to "love thy neighbor as thyself". Guided by their Catholic faith, the Knights show love for their neighbors by conducting food drives to support people in need. Coats for Kids is also currently in place as our local Knights are collecting new as well as gently used and loved winter coats for distribution to St. Vincent De Paul Society. On April 9 to 11, the Knights will hold the Thorold Fertilizer Sale at the Holy Rosary Hall parking lot. All proceeds from the sale will also support a charity.
Contact Bob Merrill by email, rmerrill0102@gmail.com or phone 905-324-2919 for books of tickets delivered safely to your door.

Garden Fest 2022 Save the Dates - April 1, 2, 3

The second annual Garden Fest event will be presented by the Knights of Columbus 2319 on April 1,2,3 in the Holy Rosary Hall parking lot on Sullivan Avenue in Thorold.  The community sale and fundraising for charities will run with safety protocols in place.

The event will be open to the public for a 3-day schedule:

  • Friday, April 1, 4 pm to 8 pm
  • Saturday, April 2, 9 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday, April 3, 9 am to 2 pm

Garden Fest is a special opportunity for you to get great deals on top-quality fertilizer and much more for your lawn and gardening needs.  To help keep the environment clean, the Knights will also hold a bottle drive at the event for people to bring their empties (beer, liquor and wine returnable bottles).

Proceeds from the sale of Garden Fest products and bottle drive will go to charities.

In 2021, proceeds from the first Garden Fest fundraiser allowed the Knights to donate $4,100 to charitable organizations.

Stay tuned for more details coming soon on the product mix, prices, and other event news.

Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids Keeps Kids and Adults Warm

The Knights of Columbus council 2319 will be collecting new and gently used and loved winter coats for distribution to St. Vincent De Paul Society.  Other winter wear such as toques, hats, gloves, or mittens would also be accepted for this collection.

If you who have items to keep a person in need warm this winter, please bring them to Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church in Thorold on Sundays during mass times.  The general public is welcome to place items in the barrel located in the back of the church. Holy Rosary Church is located at 21 Queen St., S., Thorold. Donations can also be placed in the barrel in the foyer which is open 24/7 at the Thorold Community Credit Union, 63 Front St. S. 

The Knights of Columbus will distribute the donated items to those in need. Please spread the word and help us share some warmth during this winter season.

Approximately 14 percent of Canadian children live in poverty. Many low-income families have scarce resources to cover even the most basic essentials. These members of our community need help to provide the vital necessity of a winter coat. 

Did you know that the Thorold council 2319 is part of the Knights of Columbus, a worldwide champion of charity, generosity and kindness? 

The Knights of Columbus launched the Coats for Kids program to ensure that every child in need would have access to a warm winter coat. Since the program started in 2009, councils have purchased and distributed more than 500,000 new winter coats to children throughout North America.

Make a cash donation to your Knights of Columbus 2319 council at Holy Rosary Church to help with the Coats for Kids distribution. As little as $25 can provide a child with a new coat. 100% of your donation will go towards new winter coats for children in need.

If would like to make a donation online, visit www.kofc.org/charities today

The 2020 Coat Drive shows where there’s a need, there’s a Knight lending a helping hand in a spirit of service and sacrifice.

 The Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids program is just one of many ways that the Knights put faith into action.
Join us in our mission and serve others through our core principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism.

#ChoosetoInclude Donut Campaign Supports Special Olympics

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The Knights of Columbus 2319 is joining the conversation to support the Special Olympics Canada in partnership with Tim Hortons on the limited edition #ChoosetoInclude Donut. The program runs from January 28-30. Our local Special Olympics community programs will receive 100 percent of the proceeds from sales of the donut.

The proceeds will go directly to Special Olympics, supporting more than 41,000 athletes with an intellectual disability across Canada.
Tim Hortons has been a proud partner of Special Olympics Canada since 2016 - from sponsoring youth programs ActiveStart and FUNdamentals, to sending gift cards to Special Olympics activities across the county, supporting National Games and of course, creating a Special Olympics donut to raise funds and awareness for the movement.


How to get your #ChooseToInclude Donut:
The #ChoosetoInclude Donut will be available at your local Tim Hortons from January 28-30, while supplies last. You can find a Tim Hortons store nearby:

  • 35 Ormond St N, Thorold
  • 2 Tremont Dr, St. Catharines,
  • 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way, St. Catharines
  • Many other locations across the region.

You can order yours in-restaurant, at the drive-through or on the Tim Hortons mobile app. If you want to ensure you get your hands on the donut, you can pre-order two or more dozen donuts at a time to share with friends, family, colleagues or teammates!

Garden Fest Gives $4,100 to Local Organizations

Garden Fest Gives $4,100 to Local Organizations

Knights of Columbus Event Grows with Community Support

Results from the Garden Fest event presented by the Knights of Columbus 2319 blossomed into a fruitful fundraiser held in the Holy Rosary parking lot in Thorold on April 9 to 11. Net proceeds of $4,100 raised at the 3-day event will support four local organizations.

  • Special Olympics

  • St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank

  • Wellspring Niagara

  • Holy Rosary Parish

Three charities featured in the fundraiser will benefit equally as Special Olympics (St. Catharines ), St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank and Wellspring Niagara will each receive a $1,200 donation. Additionally, a $500 contribution will go to the Holy Rosary Parish for the use of the facility.

Patrons from across Niagara drove up with trunks full of empties to support the Bottle Drive that produced more than $700 that contributed to the fundraising total.

“ On behalf of Council 2319 of the Knights of Columbus, I would like to thank everyone who made this year's Garden Fest a huge success. Thanks to our sponsors,  community volunteers and all those who attended the event; your support is greatly appreciated!  A special thank-you to my fellow Knights who worked tirelessly to plan and run the event and for the extra care required to keep everyone safe given the COVID restrictions,” stated Tony Scalzi, Grand Knight, Knights of Columbus 2319 

We are very happy to support three great community charity organizations: St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank, Wellspring Niagara and Special Olympics.  Looking forward to a great event in 2022,” he added.

Volunteers including many Knights in action worked together to make the event run successfully. Special thanks to Kelly Liddycoat from Bocchinfuso Funeral Home for volunteering on Friday night. Volunteers from the community, Jon-Paul Carfagnini, Matt Redmond, and Zach Colavecchia and John Borsella, stepped up to help at the event. Volunteers on the K of C event team included Tony Scalzi Tim O’Brien, Bob Merrill, Ron Borsella, Mike Tronzo, Albert Ciamarra, Mike Pennachetti, Paul Carfagnini, Tim Whalen, Dan Fenton Ken Mooney, Aurel Domanico, Angelo Domanico, Rick Soccio, Steve Charlton, Joe Pisano, and Nick Pizzacalla.

Thanks to Garden Fest Sponsors

  • Bocchinfuso Funeral Home

  • Big Red Markets

  • Henderson’s Pharmacy

Thanks to numerous partners and sponsors, the first-time event showed how the community can grow together. We are grateful for the financial support from sponsors Bocchinfuso Funeral Home, Big Red Markets and Henderson’s Pharmacy who also supplied us with hand sanitizer to keep people safe.

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Growing Together with Garden Fest Event Partners

  • City of Thorold

  • Country 89

  • FD Printing

  • Giant FM

  • Great Lakes Hydro Seeding

  • Holy Rosary Parish

  • Impact Promotions

  • Niagara Orchard and Vineyard Corp

  • Thorold Community Credit Union

  • Walker Industries

Walker Industries provided a truck load of compost which was bagged by volunteers for people to pick up for cash donations or non-perishable food offerings to support the food bank. Home Hardware Hartzel Road donated sand bags that were filled with Walker’s compost.

Niagara Orchard and Vineyard Corp provided top quality fertilizers at charitable prices along with Great Lakes Hydro Seeding supplying the event with premium grass seed that sold out.

Volunteers really appreciated the pop up tent made available by the Thorold Community Credit Union. The tent provided shade on Saturday, and cover from the rainfall on Sunday morning.

Impact Promotions provided yard signs that saturated the event message across town and complimentary printing materials including posters, flyers, and order forms.

Giant FM and Country 89 promoted the event on the radio airwaves and online to help build customer traffic. FD Printing produced a super large sign to show patrons all the partners, sponsors, and charities growing together at the event.

The City of Thorold assisted by bringing traffic barriers to help us keep people safe in the parking lot. Special thanks to Thorold Mayor Terry Ugulini for visiting Garden Fest on Saturday and offering the Knights some moral support.

Thanks to the Holy Rosary Parish for allowing the Knights to host the event in the parking lot, along with assistance by hall manager Don Lizzotti for his help on the set up.

Plans to Grow Event in 2022

Overall, the event team is pleased with the results from their first Garden Fest event and is considering ideas to grow it into an annual event in 2022.

Stay connected with the Knights of Columbus on our website kofc2319.org or on facebook.com/KofC2319Thorold.

Knights of Columbus 2319 Donates $1200 to Wellspring Niagara

Knights of Columbus 2319 Grand Knight Tony Scalzi connected with Phil Gourlay, Development Officer, Events & Community Relations at Wellspring Niagara on June 30th in Pelham.  The visit to the new cancer support facility allowed us to take this photo in recognition of a $1,200 donation to Wellspring.

A portion of the proceeds from the K of C Garden Fest fundraiser in April was donated to the charitable organization.

Wellspring Niagara relies solely on the financial support of the community it serves in the Niagara region.

Wellspring Niagara is a regional cancer support centre. A welcoming and safe community where you will meet other men, women and children who are living with cancer. All programs are offered free of charge. No referral is necessary.

Go to their website to learn more about Wellspring. https://wellspring.ca/niagara/

Pre Orders Accepted for Garden Fest Fertilizer Sale

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Pre-orders are now being accepted by the Knights of Columbus for their Garden Fest event scheduled to run on April 9, 10, 11 in the Holy Rosary Hall parking lot in Thorold.  Download the form.

The community fundraising event will offer great deals on high quality fertilizers, grass seed, and compost.

Curbside service will be offered for customers to pick up their purchases during the event.

  • Friday, April 9, 4 pm to 8 pm
  • Saturday, April 10, 9 am to 8 pm
  • Sunday, April 11, 9 am to 4 pm

All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to three charities including

  • Wellspring Niagara
  • Special Olympics (St. Catharines / Thorold)
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Tickets for a 50 / 50 Draw will be sold at the event along with a Bottle Drive to support the fundraiser.


High Quality Fertizilers, Grass Seed, and Compost

  • 10-0-0 Weed Arrest – $50.00
    Covers 2,000 sq. ft. per 18.1 kg bag, . This is a high quality legal weed suppression product. Corn Gluten Meal 100%. Germination inhibitor. Use on established lawns. Apply early Spring; twice per year, before a rainfall.
  • 15-15-15 Garden Food – $26.00
    Covers 5,500 sq. ft. per 25 kg. bag, General all-purpose, good for lawns, shrubs and gardens. Higher concentrate, less filler. Apply twice per year for full season requirements. Pesticide free.
  • 10-10-10 Lawn Food – $22.00
    Covers 5,500 sq. ft. per 25 kg. bag. This product can be applied in any season. As a general all-purpose fertilizer, it is good for lawns, shrubs, gardens. Safe and reliable. Will not burn when applied according to rates. Apply more frequently for full season requirements. Pesticide free.
  • Hi-Cal Nutra-lime – $15.00
    Covers 6,000 sq. ft. per 25 kg. bag. This is a multi-vitamin product that is known to remove moss. Pelletized limestone for lawn, turf, and garden. Improves soil structure. Contains calcium and magnesium nutrients essential for plant growth. No mess, works in any spreader. Pesticide free.
  • 10-20-20 Fall Lawns – $25.00
    Covers 5,500 sq. ft. per 25 kg bag. This product is recommended for application in September or October. Lower Nitrogen rate for fall application. Higher phosphorous and potassium levels to help lawns through tough winters. Pesticide free.
  • 28-4-8 Slow Release 60% – $30.00
    Covers 11,600 sq. ft. per 25 kg. bag. This product is recommended for spring and summer lawns only. Less frequent applications. Provides lawn nutrition for 6 to 8 weeks. Extra slow release nitrogen source. Pesticide free.
  • Premium Grass Seed 2 kg – $18.00
    Premium Plus LS 2KG lawn mixture is suited for any soil type with Lateral Spread Perenial Ryegrass. (35% Kentucky Bluegrass, 35% Creeping Red Fescue, 30% Slider)
  • Compost: bring a non-perishable food or make a cash donation to receive a bag of compost.

Fill in the form by April 7, 2021 to pre-order for quick pick up on your specified date during the event.

Click to dowload the PDF form.

Choose your preferred pick up date ( check one) April 9 __ ,  April 10 __ ,  April 11 __
Return your completed form and drop in the Knights of Columbus mailbox, 35 Queen St. S. (Holy Rosay Hall)
Email: paulcarf@gmail.com.

Go to www.kofc2319.org for more information.
Payment will only be accepted at the event by cash or cheque when customers pick up their orders

Giving Back Weekend Hosted by Knights of Columbus

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A Giving Back Weekend in Thorold including a bottle drive, used battery collection and food bank campaign will be hosted by the Knights of Columbus 2319 on October 15th and 16th.

The charity event will support of the Walker Family Cancer Center as well as the St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Bank. Donations can be brought to the foyer in front of Holy Rosary Hall, 35 Queen Street South, Thorold. The convenient drive-up and drop off schedule will run from 4 to 8 pm on Friday, October 15th and 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, October 16th.  K of C volunteers will be on site to assist.

The Giving Back Weekend is an opportunity to do our part to save the environment, while supporting the Walker Family Cancer Center by dropping off beverage alcohol containers purchased in Ontario on which a deposit has been paid. All collected wine, beer, and spirit containers over 100ml have a deposit value of 10 or 20 cents. All proceeds from the collection will be donated to the Walker Family Cancer Center.

“We invite those who can give back to help people in need to support this campaign.  We make it easy to drive up, drop off bottles or old batteries to save the environment and support a local charity,” said event organizer Albert Ciamarra.

The Knights also encourage people in our community to do the right thing by conveniently recycling their used batteries to drive them away from local landfills.

“The recycling program is a win-win for the community to support. We can clean out junk that has been piling up in homes during the shutdowns, recycle batteries, empty beer, wine or liquor bottles, or drop off non-perishable foods to support a worthy charity,” explained Ciamarra.

"We can save hundreds of batteries or bottles from polluting the environment or unnecessarily filling landfill sites, while also providing food for local families in need," he added.

Proceeds from the bottle drive and battery collection will go to the Walker Family Cancer Center. All non-perishable food donations will go to St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. Donors don’t even have to open their wallets to support the charities during the Giving Back Weekend.

The Knights have a team of volunteers available to pick up a big load of empties to boost the Giving Back Weekend.  For more information, phone Albert Ciamarra at 905-227-4120.

Matt Candeloro Wins the Knights of Columbus 2319 50/50 Draw

Congratulations to Matt Candeloro winner of the Knights of Columbus 2319 50/50 Draw. Matt received the $820.00 cash prize.
The winning ticket was purchased at our Garden Fest event in April. Thanks to all ticket buyers for theit support of the fundraiser for our local K of C counci

Garden Fest Is the Place for Top Quality Fertilizer at Fair Prices

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Get the Good Stuff to Fertilize Your Lawn and Garden

Whether you’re a rookie or a green-thumbed expert in the garden, adding the good stuff to your soil will make a beautiful difference to help plants and grass grow healthy and strong.

Garden Fest will be here to help you prepare your lawn and garden for a healthy start.  As a primary step, prepare your soil with a top-quality fertilizer suited for your needs. You can improve your chances of creating a beautiful garden with the addition of fertilizers designed for specific plants or grass conditions.

10-10-10 Is Your All-Purpose Fertilizer

You could start with an all-purpose fertilizer such as the 10-10-10 available at Garden Fest.  This general all-purpose fertilizer is recommended for lawns, shrubs, and gardens. It is known to be safe and reliable. Rest assured, it will not burn when applied according to rates.  Apply this popular seller more frequently for full season requirements. You can feel safe in knowing our 10-10-10 top quality fertilizer is pesticide free.  Pick up a 25-kilogram bag of 10-10-10 for $30, a great all-in price at Garden Fest.

Do you want to feed your vegetable garden the good stuff?

The 15-15-15 Garden Food Fertilizer is a balanced blend of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, which are all vital nutrients for plant health.   This general all-purpose fertilizer is recommended for gardens in Niagara. A pesticide free fertilizer, this product will help you reap a healthy harvest from a vegetable garden. You can also apply twice per year for full season requirements to feed shrubs and lawns. Priced at $36 all-in, the Garden Fest 15-15-15 product is a higher concentrate with less filler.  Our loyal customers say this is an excellent value. 

Build a thick, healthy, green lawn

Garden Fest also features 10-0-0 Weed Arrest for $60 per 18.1-kilogram bag.  This 100% Corn Gluten Meal is a germination inhibitor. Use Weed Arrest on established lawns as an excellent spring or summer fertilizer for soils that primarily require a boost in nitrogen. This top-quality fertilizer will help your lawn green-up quickly and provide a relatively longer lasting source of nutrients than other types of fertilizers.

Need to improve soil structure?

Priced at $17 all-in for a 25-kilogram bag at Garden Fest, the Hi-Cal Nutra-lime is a cost-effective solution to improve soil structure. Pick up this pelletized limestone product that is good for lawn, turf, and garden.  Hi-Cal Nutra-lime contains calcium and magnesium nutrients essential for plant growth. Don’t worry about making a mess, this product works in any spreader.  Our customers appreciate that it is pesticide free. 

Fall Fertilizers

10-20-20 Fall Lawns is the product with a lower Nitrogen rate for fall application.  Higher phosphorous and potassium levels help lawns through tough winters.  This product is pesticide free.  Our loyal customers say the exclusive Garden Fest price of $38 all-in for a 25-kilogram bag is an outstanding value.

Slow-Release Fertilizer for Less Frequent Applications

Get the 28-4-8 Slow Release 60% at the special Garden Fest price of $44 all-in for a 25-kilogram bag. This pesticide free product is good for less frequent applications. As an extra slow-release nitrogen source, this top-quality product provides lawn nutrition for 6 to 8 weeks.

Garden Fest will also offer compost, grass seed, and beet seeds.  Get the good stuff for your lawn and garden, while supporting local charities.  Garden Fest will be presented by the Knights of Columbus 2319 on April 1,2, 3 in the Holy Rosary Hall parking lot.

To ensure availability, pre-order the Garden Fest products that suit your needs. Download and fill in the pre-order form.

Let’s grow together at Garden Fest.