Emporium K of C Supports DCI St Marys Building

Pictured L to R: Journey Health System Director of Institutional Advancement, Tana Smith with Knights of Columbus members and officers, Dave Smith (former Christabelle Club President), Joe Desio, Art May, Steve Housler, Ralph Grovanz, Jr.

The Emporium Knights of Columbus Council 990 and the Emporium Christabelle Club recently donated to Dickinson Center, Inc., a Journey Health System affiliate, for their “Building for Tomorrow” campaign supporting the St. Marys’ building project. Thanks to the collective generosity of individuals, foundations, businesses, and organizations like the Emporium Knights of Columbus and Christabelle Club, DCI has achieved 87% of its fundraising goal, reaching $1,301,021. However, they still aim to reach their $1.5 million goal, with $198,979 left to secure. Dickinson and the campaign committee extend their hopes that others will join in supporting their cause, recognizing that every contribution brings them closer to their objective.

“The generosity and commitment of the Emporium Knights of Columbus and Christabelle Club to the community are truly commendable,” said Tana Smith, Journey Health System’s Director of Institutional Advancement. “As a native of Emporium, this donation holds special significance for me, reflecting my father's long-standing dedication to the Christabelle Club and Emporium Knights of Columbus. It also embodies the close-knit support and hometown spirit that make Emporium and our surrounding communities so incredible.”

Dickinson Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization that has been providing behavioral health services in the City of St. Marys for over twenty-five years. Annually, the programs that will be housed in the new facility serve more than 1,200 children and adults. Additionally, Dickinson’s St. Marys-based programs offer classroom-based prevention education, including life-saving suicide prevention and other mental health awareness initiatives, to 1,500 elementary, middle and high school students across Elk and Cameron counties.

Dave Smith, past President of the Christabelle Club, the former Deputy Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Council 990 and Tana’s father stated, “Supporting the ‘Building for Tomorrow’ campaign aligns with the K of C’s mission to serve and uplift our community. We are proud to contribute to a project that will have such a positive impact on the lives of so many.”

The Knights of Columbus is a global fraternal organization dedicated to charity, unity and community service. Founded in 1882, it supports a wide range of charitable initiatives. Members work together to promote faith and service, making a positive impact on their communities. The Emporium Christabelle Club, sponsored by the Emporium Knights of Columbus Council 990, provides a social atmosphere that promotes networking, encourages camaraderie, and fosters goodwill among its members and the community.

For more information on how you can join the momentum and contribute to Dickinson Center’s “Building for Tomorrow” capital campaign, please visit www.givetodickinson.org .