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Knights of Columbus Donates $90k To Local Christian Women’s Health Clinic

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From left, Father Sergio Ovando, Pastor Saint Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church; James Realini, Financial Secretary, Morgan Hill Knights of Columbus; Mike Stewart, Chairmen Informed Choices; Christine Vatuone, CEO Informed Choices; Dan Villalobos, Grand Knight Gilroy Knights of Columbus; Tim Nondorf, Grand Knight Morgan Hill Knights of Columbus; Eugene Okafor, District Deputy Knights of Columbus and Michael Egbujor, Past Grand Knight, Morgan Hill Knights of Columbus.

The Knights of Columbus at their Annual Combined Gilroy and Morgan Hill Council Installation on July 10 presented Informed Choices with a check for $90,000.

Since December of 2017, Morgan Hill Council # 8265 with the Assistance of Gilroy Council #2469 has spearheaded a Fund Raising Campaign conducted as part of the Supreme Council’s Ultra Sound Initiative that provides matching funds.

As of this date Morgan Hill has helped raise nearly $90,000 to provide Informed Choices, a Diocesan certified, Gospel based Christian Pregnancy and Sexual Health Medical Clinic located in Gilroy California.

Christine Vatuone, director of Informed Choices, reached out to the Chairman of the Northern California State Ultra Sound Initiative Committee, Oscar Martinez, who then arranged a meeting with the Morgan Hill Council Financial Secretary, James Realini. At that meeting, with the approval of the Grand Knight, Michael Egbujor, Realini committed to raising the funds necessary to replace their aging ultrasound machine and help resource a mobile Medical Clinic, both of which are important to retaining their Medical License to offer Pregnancy and Sexual Health care in California.

Bishop Patrick J. McGrath reviewed the application for matching funds submitted by Morgan Hill and recommended Informed Choices for the Supreme Ultra Sound Initiative. Including over 20 Christian Churches in South Santa Clara County in the Outreach for fund raising, the campaign began in February and a very generous donor responded at the first event by donating the funds ($30,000) to replace the failing Ultra Sound machine.

When Realini and Vatuone met to rejoice over this magnanimous event, they decided to continue the campaign and build a Mobile Medical Clinic complete with an Ultra Sound Machine and additional equipment to provide full Pregnancy and Sexual Health Care to a large region south of Gilroy. Using a collection campaign after Church Services, employing plastic Baby Bottles you could put coins, cash, or checks into and then return to your church. The Fund Raising Campaign met the requirements for matching funds from the Supreme (National) Council of the Knights of Columbus.