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2018 Christmas Dinner-Auction Gala Bringing Light and Life to Southeast California and Montana - Light-and-Lifers Bless Mothers and Their Babies! 

 

San Diego Knights of Columbus' Sixth Annual Christmas of Light and Life Dinner-Gala in support of our Southeast California and State of Montana Light and Life 70X7 Mobile Ultrasound Initiatives raised up over $40,000 for Imperial Valley Culture of Life and CareNet-Clear Choice of Montana December 13, 2018, at Westin Carlsbad Resort. 

 

Imperial Valley Culture of Life is the recipient of our first Ford Transit platform, a 2017 Extended-Length Turbo-Diesel - delivered earlier this year.  The platform's build-out will be commissioned, here, on the West Coast, under the supervision of Light and Life and our partners "Opus 6" partners.

 

CareNet-Clear Choice constitute our first Pregnancy Support Center partner located in the the Big Sky State.  The Nomad Group, of Columbia Falls, is building this awesome Ford F-650 diesel-drive vehicle - to our knowledge the Nation's first Ford platform of this size (big and strong enough to navigate the Rockies!) designed, engineered and manufactured, specifically, for mobile ultrasound-equipped pregnancy support ministry.

 

This year's Christmas event was hosted by the Light and Life Foundation, in cooperation with St. Brigid-Pius X [Pacific Beach] and Charles Borromeo-Sacred Heart [Point Loma] Council, with Knights from St. John of the Cross [Lemon Grove], Cabrillo [Downtown], Santa Sophia, St. Rafael [RB], Mary Star of the Sea [La Jolla], St. Peter [El Cajon-Rancho San Diego] and numerous other councils supporting the effort. We, again, were blessed with beautiful live Christmas caroling, courtesy of St. Joseph’s Academy.  Brother Knights Fr. John Grace and Fr. Captain-Chaplain Joseph Coffey led us in our opening and closing prayers.  Noted Catholic Answers Apologist and Author Trent Horn delivered a stirring keynote address, touching and inspiring the hearts and minds of all in attendance. Scores of attractive items were purchased in our silent and live auctions … and everyone savored the delicious Prime Rib Dinner. 

 

The KofC-Light and Life 70X7 initiatives are being underwritten by Light and Life Mobile Ultrasound, Inc., 501(c)(3), and numerous individual and corporate sponsors. To get involved, visit the web-site [ www.kofcbringlight.org ] or contact Light and Life’s SK Steve Beuerle [619-515-3267] or SK Greg Anthony [858-333-8751].

 

7th Annual KofC-Light and Life Mobile Ultrasound Golf-Dinner Supports Life - Grazie San Diego Knights, Parishioners, Friends

 

Monday, September 24th, San Diego area Knights of Columbus and Parishioners and our numerous golf-playing friends of Light and Life hosted Light and LIfe's 7th Annual "Golf and Dine" Event in support of the Opus 6 Mobile Ultrasound Initiative, benefiting Imperial Valley Culture of Life. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We, again, played Team-Scramble golf - once again at the beautiful Crossings at Carlsbad Golf Club.  Following golf, we drove down Palomar Airport Road to the Green Dragon Tavern and enjoyed a delicious Revolutionary War-era "Shepherd's Pie" dinner followed by an informative and inspiring talk by Catholic Answer's Christopher Check entitled, The Patriotic Age of Life".  The "Golf Champion of the Year"prize was awarded to Mark Cortez' and his team (13-under), with Catholic Answers' Phil "The Right-Hand Version of Mickelson" Lenihan's team grabbing Second Place  (10-under).  Third place was captured by Light and Lifer Billie Jorgensen's' team (4-under).  And one month later, the "Special Christmas of Light and Life - Live Auction - Live Action" Team of donors Joan, Rick, Patty, and Mike Martin, with a special assist from Phil Mickelson, Sr. and his hole-in-one on the 14th hole, earned the Extra-Honorable Mention prize (8-under).  

 

Thanks to the numerous local participants, Knights and FOLKS (Family and Friends of Local Knights), this really fun and really purpose-filled, family-friendly-LIFE AFFIRMING event raised over $5,000 for our Opus 6 Partner.

 

For additional information about the Knights of Columbus-Light and Life 70X7 Mobile Ultrasound Initiative, please, contact Steve Beuerle, Esq. [619-515-3267] or Greg Anthony [858-622-1188], talk to your Local Knight or check out the KofC-Light and Life website.

 

Abundant blessings and thanks, Good Friends of Light and Life!

 

 

A Very Hearty Thank You from the Knights of Columbus-Light and Life Mobile Ultrasound Initiative!

 

Light and Life, Santa Sophia Parish and the Knights of Columbus Valley de Oro Council and the San Diego K of C Chapter Culture of Life thank the many Knights and FOLKS (Family and Friends of Local Knights) for their strong support of their Sixth Annual "Knights Night Out" event at Santa Sophia Hall.  

 

The event was a truly blessed success, bringing in over $10,000 for our Opus 6 Mobile Ultrasound partner, Imperial Valley Culture of Life.

 

We are pleased to report that, by God's unbounded grace, and your very active, and very generous,  participation in the continuing, KofC-Light and Life Initiative, the project has been expanded and, now, is an official KofC Supreme Council Program - and we, now, are helping Brother Knights and Pregnancy Support Centers in Montana to raise funds to purchase, and outfit, a brand, new 2018 Ford F-650 Diesel, the first, ever, of its kind for the "Big Sky State." 

 

With PRC partners operating out of Kalispell and Missoula, young mothers and fathers, and their daughters and sons, yet, in the womb, will be helped across a  very large area of this great state.


Vivat Jesus et semper adelante!

 

A Loving Expression of Thanks From the Knights of Columbus-Light and Life Mobile Ultrasound Initiative!

 

Saint John of the Cross Knights of Columbus Council, KofC Balboa Assembly and KofC San Diego Chapter Culture of Life and the Light and Life Foundation, all, thank the many Local Knights, and Friends and Family of Local Knights ("FOLKS"), for their strong support of the KofC-Light and Life Valentines Dinner and Auction, February 10th, at St. John of the Cross Parish in Lemon Grove.  The event was a truly blessed success, bringing in some $15,000 for our Opus 6 Mobile Ultrasound partner, Imperial VAlley Culture of Life.

 

By God's unbounded grace, and your very active, and very generous,  participation in the continuing, San Diego-Imperial Diocesan-area KofC-Light and Life Initiative, young mothers and fathers, and their daughters and sons, yet, in the womb, are receiving the gifts of Light and Life.

 

You, all, in deed, are Great Lovers in the tradition of Good Bishop St. Valentine, himself!

 

Opus 5 Completed! Opus 6 Begun! - Light-and-Lifers Bless Young Mothers and Their Babies! 

 

San Diego Knights 6th Annual Christmas of Light and Life Dinner-Gala in support of our Opus 5 and Opus 6 Light and Life Mobile Ultrasound Initiatives raised up over $40,000 for Silent Voices of Chula Vista and Imperial Valley Culture of Life, December 14, 2017, at the beautiful Sheraton Carlsbad Resort. Thank you, all! 

 

Silent Voices is our first Pregnancy Support Center partner located in the South Bay area.  The Save-The-Storks Group, of Colorado Springs, is building this awesome Mercedes Sprinter diesel-drive vehicle - which will be our first San Diego area MB-Sprinter platform designed, engineered and manufactured, specifically, for mobile ultrasound-equipped pregnancy support.

 

Imperial Valley Culture of Life will be the recipient of our first Ford Transit platform, a 2017 Extended-Length Turbo-Diesel - delivery date is January 22, 2017.  The platform's build-out will be commissioned, here, on the West Coast, under the supervision of Light and Life and our Opus 6 partners.   

 

This year's Christmas event was hosted by the Light and Life Foundation, in cooperation with St. Brigid-Pius X [Pacific Beach] and Charles Borromeo-Sacred Heart [Point Loma] Council, and Knights from St. John of the Cross [Lemon Grove], Cabrillo [Downtown], St. Michael [Poway], St. Rafael [RB], Mary Star of the Sea [La Jolla], St. Peter [El Cajon-Rancho San Diego] and numerous other councils assisting. We, again, were blessed with beautiful live Christmas caroling, courtesy of St. Joseph’s Academy.  Sharon Pearce, Executive Director of Silent Voices, updated us on the wonderful work of this Christ-Centered, Life-Saving ministry. Fr. Captain-Select Chaplain Joseph Coffey delivered  a stirring keynote address, touching and inspiring the hearts and minds of all in attendance. Scores of attractive items were purchased in our silent and live auctions … and everyone savored the delicious Prime Rib Dinner. 

 

The KofC San Diego Opus 5 and Opus 6 initiatives are being underwritten by Light and Life Mobile Ultrasound, Inc., 501(c)(3), and numerous individual and corporate sponsors. To get involved, visit the web-site [ www.kofcbringlight.org ] or contact Light and Life’s SK Steve Beuerle [619-515-3267] or SK Greg Anthony [858-333-8751].  Abundant blessings and thanks!

 

KofC-Light and Life Turf-Surf Dinner @ Cabrillo Hall Great Success!

 

Thursday, September 22nd, 2017, San Diego Chapter Knights of Columbus Councils, with Cabrillo Council Knights hosting, presented their 3rd Annual Turf-Surf Dinner featuring sumptuous Barbecued New York Steak and Seared Ahi.

 

This was the third in our series of four Light and Life Year-2017 events benefiting our San Diego Chapter-Opus 5 Mobile Ultrasound Partners, Silent Voices of Chula Vista. Once, again, thanks to numerous local Knight-participants and FOLKS (Family and Friends of Local Knights), we were able to raise over $10,000 toward the Opus 5 Mobile Ultrasound-Equipped Medical Unit ("MUMU") Initiative, benefitting our area’s young mothers and fathers and their sons and daughters. 

  

To involve your council, parish and friends in our upcoming December 14, 2015, Christmas of Light and Life, check out the web-site,  www.kofcbringlight.org.

 

Another Very Hearty Thank You From the Knights of Columbus-Light and Life Mobile Ultrasound Initiative!

 

San Diego KofC Chapter Culture of Life and the Light and Life Foundation thank our wonderful host parish and council, St. Pius X of Chula Vista, and the many San Diego Diocese parishioners, Knights and other Light-and-Lifers for their strong support of this year's KofC-Light and Life "Knights Night Out" Dinner and Auction, June 30, 2017.  The event was a truly blessed success, bringing in over $20,000 for our Opus 4 Mobile Ultrasound partners, Culture of Life Family Services and BirthChoice-San Marcos.

 

By God's unbounded grace, and the very active, and very generous,  participation of our ON-FIRE Culture of Life in the continuing, San Diego-area KofC-Light and Life Initiative, young mothers and fathers, and their daughters and sons, yet, in the womb, are being helped all across Greater San Diego.

 

Vivat Jesus et semper adelante!! 

 

Knights of Columbus-Light and Life Valentine's Event a FUN AND LIFE-AFFIRMING Success!
 
Saturday, February 11th, San Diego's Knights of Columbus - Home Avenue Hall, in cooperation with local St. Brigid, Pt. Loma and several other San Diego-area Councils' Knights, San Diego KofC Chapter Charities, The French Gourmet and the Light and Life Foundation, hosted a delightful Valentine's Dinner-Auction/Love Songs Concert-Dance Event in support of our San Diego Opus 5 Pregnancy Resource Center Partner, Silent Voices of Chula Vista. 
 
Over 100 guests, including many St. Brigid Parishioners, were greeted by fun, lively and very cool Love Songs musical-faire by The Rey Vinole Quintet … and the opportunity to participate in a bargain of a silent auction. This really fun and purpose-filled, family-friendly project raised over $10,000 for the SD-Opus 5 Mobile Ultrasound Initiative, benefitting San Diego-South Bay area mothers and fathers, and their pre-born sons and daughters. 
 
Thank you and bless you, Dear Friends of Light and Life!

 

Light and Life Foundation and Knights of Columbus Thank St. Brigid's Knights and Parishioners for Supporting Opus 5 Christmas of Light and Life!
 
San Diego Knights 5th Annual Christmas of Light and Life Dinner-Gala in support of the San Diego Light and Life Mobile Ultrasound Initiative raised up over $25,000 for Opus 5-partner Silent Voices of Chula Vista, Thursday, December 8, at Sheraton Carlsbad. 
 
Silent Voices is our first Pregnancy Support Center partner located in the South Bay area.  The Save-The-Storks Group, of Colorado Springs, is building this awesome Mercedes Sprinter diesel-drive vehicle - which will be our first San Diego area MB-Sprinter platform designed, engineered and manufactured, specifically, for mobile ultrasound-equipped pregnancy support. 
 
This year's Christmas event was hosted by the Light and Life Foundation, in cooperation with St. Brigid-Pius X [Pacific Beach] and Charles Borromeo-Sacred Heart [Point Loma] Council, and Knights from Cabrillo [Downtown], St. Michael [Poway], St. Rafael [RB], Mary Star of the Sea [La Jolla], St. Peter [El Cajon-Rancho San Diego] and numerous other councils assisting. We, again, were blessed with beautiful live Christmas caroling, courtesy of St. Joseph’s Academy.  Sharon Pearce, Executive Director of Silent Voices, updated us on the wonderful work of this Christ-Centered, Life-Saving ministry. SK Charles LiMandri, of the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund, delivered the keynote address, touching and inspiring the hearts and minds of all in attendance. Scores of attractive items were purchased in our silent and live auctions … and everyone savored the delicious Prime Rib Dinner.
 
The KofC San Diego Opus 5 initiative is being underwritten by Light and Life Mobile Ultrasound, Inc., 501(c)(3), and numerous individual and corporate sponsors.  To get involved , please,visit the web-site [ www.kofcbringlight.org ] or contact Light and Life’s SK Steve Beuerle [619-515-3267] or SK Greg Anthony [858-333-8751].  Abundant blessings and thanks!

 

KofC-Light and Life Mobile Ultrasound Summer Golf-Dinner Success!

 

Monday, August 8th, San Diego Knights of Columbus and the Light and Life Foundation hosted the Fifth Annual "Golf and Dine" Event in support of the Opus 4 Mobile Ultrasound-Equipped Medical Unit Initiative.

 

Our Summer Classic, benefitting Culture of Life Family Services and BirthChoice-San Marcos, was, once again, a Grace-Filled success.  We, again, played Team-Scramble golf at the beautiful Crossings at Carlsbad Course - and, afterwards, enjoyed the luxurious and beautifully decorated Clubhouse for our dinner and auction. More than 100 guests and Light and Life Team-members enjoyed massive fun ... and the sublime joy of knowing they were helping young mothers ... and their babies, yet in the womb.

 

Thanks to numerous local Knights of Columbus-participants and FOLKS (Family and Friends of Local Knights), this really fun and really purpose-filled, family-friendly event helped take us ever-closer to making the Opus 4 MMU a life-saving reality! 

 

Blessings and thanks, Good Friends of Light and Life!

 

A Very Hearty Thank You From the Knights of Columbus-Light and Life Mobile Ultrasound Initiative!

 

San Diego KofC Chapter Culture of Life and the Light and Life Foundation thank the many Saint parishioners, Knights and other Light-and-Lifers for their strong support of the KofC-Light and Life "Knights Night Out" Dinner and Auction, June 24th, at St. Gregory the Great Parish, in Scripps Ranch.  The event was a truly blessed success, bringing in over $20,000 for our Opus 4 Mobile Ultrasound partners, Culture of Life Family Services and BirthChoice-San Marcos.

 

By God's unbounded grace, and the very active, and very generous,  participation of our ON-FIRE Culture of Life in the continuing, San Diego-area KofC-Light and Life Initiative, young mothers and fathers, and their daughters and sons, yet, in the womb, are being helped all across Greater San Diego.


We, all, indeed, are very Good Samaritans! 

 

Knights of Columbus-Light and Life Valentine's Dinner a FUN AND LIFE-AFFIRMING Success!

 

Thursday, February 11th, San Diego's Knights of Columbus - Home Avenue Hall, in cooperation with local St. Brigid, Pt. Loma and several other San Diego-area Councils' Knights, San Diego KofC Chapter Charities, The French Gourmet and the Light and Life Foundation, hosted a delightful Valentine's Dinner Event in support of our San Diego Opus 4 Pregnancy Resource Center Partners Culture of Life Family Services and Birth Choice San Marcos. 

 

Over 110 guests, including many St. Brigid Parishioners, were greeted by fun, lively and very cool Love Songs musical-faire by The Rey Vinole Quintet … and the opportunity to participate in a bargain of a silent auction. This really fun and purpose-filled, family-friendly project raised over $14,000 for the SD-Opus 4 Mobile Ultrasound Initiative, benefitting San Diego-area mothers and fathers, and their pre-born sons and daughters.  In addition, this year's event raised additional funds for the KofC Chapter Charities- and Light and Life-sponsored Affirm Life Bulletins-To-Billboards Project.

 

Thank you and bless you, Dear Friends of Light and Life - and, please, visit our user-friendly web-site  [ www.kofcbringlight.org ] for important KofC-Light and Life 70X7 updates!

 

Light and Life Foundation and Knights of Columbus Thank You for Opus 4 Christmas of Light and Life Success!

 

San Diego Knights 4th Annual Christmas of Light and Life Dinner-Gala in support of the San Diego Light and Life Mobile Ultrasound Initiative raised up over $30,000 for Opus 4-partners Culture of Life Family Services and BirthChoice-San Marcos, December 3, at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort.

 

The event was hosted by the Light and Life Foundation, in cooperation with St. Brigid-Pius X [Pacific Beach] and Charles Borromeo-Sacred Heart [Point Loma] Knights of Columbus Councils, with Knights from Cabrillo [Downtown], St. Michael [Poway], St. Rafael [RB], Mary Star of the Sea [La Jolla], St. Peter [El Cajon-Rancho San Diego] and numerous other councils assisting. 

 

We, again, were blessed with beautiful live Christmas caroling, courtesy of St. Joseph’s Academy, followed by our signature Christmas Roast Dinner prepared beautifully by Sheraton Carlsbad - and tasty desserts courtesy of the French Gourmet .  Visionary Films Nathan and Meghan Leon delivered the keynote address, touching and inspiring the hearts and minds of the 330-strong attending with their inspiring "Knights Bring Light" Call-To-Action film. Dozens of attractive items were purchased in, both, silent and live auctions. Surely, as was to be expected, a fun and sumptuous time was enjoyed by all!

 

In combination with funds raised, previously, the Opus 4 Freight-liner Pregnancy Support Platform is, now, approximately 75% funded.  

For additional information, go to www.kofcbringlight.org or contact Light and Life’s SK Steve Beuerle [619-515-3267] or SK Greg Anthony [858-622-1188]

 

The KofC San Diego Opus 3 initiative is being underwritten by Light and Life Mobile Ultrasound, Inc., 501(c)(3), and numerous individual and corporate sponsors.  To involve your council, parish and friends, visit the web-site [ www.kofcbringlight.org ].  Blessings and thanks!

 

KofC-Light and Life Turf-Surf Dinner @ Cabrillo Hall Great Success!

 

Saturday, September 26th, San Diego Chapter Knights of Columbus Councils, with Cabrillo Council Knights hosting, presented their 2nd Annual Turf-Surf Dinner featuring sumptuous Barbecued New York Steak and Seared Ahi Dinner Event.

 

This was the third in our series of four Light and Life Year-2015 events benefiting our San Diego-Opus 4 Mobile Ultrasound Partners, Culture of Life Family Services and Birth-Choice-San Marcos. Guests were greeted by lively, and very cool, summer musical-faire … and the opportunity to participate in a bargain of a silent auction.

 

Thanks to numerous local Knight-participants and FOLKS (Family and Friends of Local Knights), this fun and really purpose-filled, family-friendly event raised over $10,000 for the SD-Opus 4 Mobile Ultrasound Initiative, benefitting or area’s young mothers and fathers and their sons and daughters. In addition, the event raised $1,500 for our San Diego KofC “Knights Defend Life” Bill-board Project.

  

To involve your council, parish and friends in our upcoming December 3, 2015, Christmas of Light and Life, check out the web-site,  www.kofcbringlight.org.

 

Knights of Columbus State Council and the Light and Life Foundation thank everyone who helped make our April 16th Inaugural Spring Light and Life at Christ Cathedral, Southern California Regional Dinner-Gala a wonderful success.  

 

This first-ever Southern California Regional Light and Life event's proceeds are helping fund in-process Mobile Ultrasound Initiatives for Pregnancy Resource Center-Partners in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego.  With high technology, Original Equipment Manufacture Mobile - Ultrasound-Equipped - Medical Units, our awesome PRC-Partners are able, very literally, to place themselves in the service of their communities and bring light and life to young Mothers and Fathers, and to their very young and Sons and Daughters.  This, indeed, is a life-saving enterprise!

 

Your support makes this happen.

 

Accordingly, all you "Light and Lifers" ... YOU ROCK!

 

February 14th KofC-Light and Life San Diego Opus 4 Valentine's Love Songs Concert and Prime Rib Dinner a Success!

 

San Diego Chapter Knights of Columbus and the Light and Life Foundation thank everyone who attended the Valentines Celebration of Love Songs Concert-Dinner. Our Great American Songbook Concert, featuring San Diego Vocalist Briana Robell and SK Rey Vinole and his Sextet, was well-received, raising $20K for SD-Opus 4. KofC Columbus Club Hall, located at 4425 Home Avenue, San Diego, CA 92125, again, proved an excellent venue – indeed, everyone felt right at Home!   Thanks, Everyone!

 

KofC-Christmas of Light and Life Dinner Gala Takes SD-Opus 3 Mobile Ultrasound Initiative Over Top!

 

San Diego Knights 3rd Annual Dinner-Gala in support of Light and Life 70X7 Mobile Ultrasound Initiative raised $62,500 and completed funding for the San Diego-Opus 3 Mobile Medical Unit-Platform!  We, now, are moving forward with KofC-National Office to purchase the Ultrasound Machine to go with the MMU!  

 

Knights of Columbus-SD Opus 3 Christmas of Light and Life Success!

 

San Diego Knights 3rd Annual Dinner-Gala in support of the Light and Life 70X7 Mobile Ultrasound Initiative raised up over $50,000 for Opus 3-partner Alternatives Women’s Center [Escondido], this past Thursday, December 4, at Sheraton Carlsbad. 

 

In combination with $62,500, presented Thursday, AWC’s new, $250,000 Freight-liner Pregnancy Support Platform is, now, 95% funded.  This is because an anonymous donor has pledged to match the Knights $125K, that is, one-half share commitment. The Knights need only $12,500 to make their nut on the Platform!

 

Alternatives Women’s Center of Escondido [AWC], San Diego County's very highest, Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care [AAAHC] rated PRC, is our Opus 3 partner.  Universal Specialty Vehicles [Perris], the largest original equipment manufactured [OEM] medical-specialty vehicle producer in the Western US, is building this awesome 39 ft. Freightliner diesel-drive pregnancy support vehicle.

 

Thursday’s event was hosted by the Light and Life Foundation, in cooperation with St. Brigid-Pius X [Pacific Beach] and Charles Borromeo-Sacred Heart [Point Loma] Council, and Knights from Cabrillo [Downtown], St. Michael [Poway], St. Rafael [RB], Mary Star of the Sea [La Jolla], St. Peter [El Cajon-Rancho San Diego] and numerous other councils assisting.  The evening featured delicious prime rib, potato medley, vegetable, salad and tasty dessert. 

 

San Diego Knights of Columbus Chapter President and State Council Programs’ Director, with assistance from Light and Life Co-founders-directors, State Council Ultrasound Machine Program Chair Steve Beuerle and State Council Mobile Ultrasound Program Chair Greg Anthony, MC-ed the event.  Our Opus 3-partner updated us on the progress of the manufacture – the first West Coast-produced OEM mobile ultrasound-equipped pregnancy support platform. 

 

We, again, were blessed with beautiful live Christmas caroling, courtesy of St. Joseph’s Academy.  AWC's Bruce Moon and Tammy DeArmas shared the special features of this first-area diesel platform and how the unit will help AWC save lives. 

 

Barbara McGuigan, of EWTN Radio and “The Good Fight,” delivered the keynote address, touching and inspiring the hearts and minds of the 330-strong attending. Dozens of attractive items were purchased in, both, silent and live auctions … and our exciting Hawaiian Vacation raffle was won by a Catholic Answers team -member.

  

Based on this great success, the Light and Life Foundation and San Diego Chapter and Councils are calling up and emailing Family and Friends of Local Knights [“FOLKS”] to raise the remaining $12,500 on the Platform – and an additional $20,000, to be matched by the Knights Supreme Council, in order to purchase a state-of-the-art Esaote ultrasound machine!

 

Please, make conations payable to, “Light and Life,” and memo SD Opus 3, and mail to, Light and Life, c/o SK Steve Beuerle, Procopio, Cory, et al., 525 B. Street, 22nd Floor, San Diego, CA 92101.  All donations are tax-deductible under Federal and State law.

 

For additional information, or to donate on-line, go to www.kofcbringlight.org or contact Light and Life’s SK Steve Beuerle [619-515-3267] or SK Greg Anthony [858-622-1188]

 

The KofC San Diego Opus 3 initiative is being underwritten by Light and Life Mobile Ultrasound, Inc., 501(c)(3), and numerous individual and corporate sponsors.  To involve your council, parish and friends, visit the web-site [ www.kofcbringlight.org ].  Blessings and thanks!

 

Knights of Columbus-Light and Life "Evening of Giving Thanks" Autumn Dinner Event Success!

 

Monday, November 17th, St. Pius X Council 3487 [St. Brigid] Knights, in cooperation with the San Diego Chapter and Local Councils of the Knights and the Light and Life Foundation, hosted this sumptuous Prime Rib Dinner Event in support of Rachel’s Hope post- abortion healing ministry.  Guests were treated to the Light and Life signature prime rib dinner and availed themselves of a powerful program featuring the Rachel’s Hope ministry. 

 

In addition, guests the opportunity to participate in the joyful blessing and dedication of our area’s newest ultrasound machine - benefitting College Area Pregnancy Services and the San Diego State-area’s young mothers and fathers and their sons and daughters.  Father Louis Socia and Cabrillo Council led the assembly.  

 

Thanks to numerous local Knight-participants and FOLKS (Family and Friends of Local Knights), this really fun and really purpose-filled, family-friendly event raised over $4,000 for Rachel’s Hope, and over $700 for Pius X Council’s Adopt-A-PRC program.  To involve your council, parish and friends, check out the web-site [ www.kofcbringlight.org ].  Blessings and thanks!

 

KofC-Light and Life Mobile Ultrasound Summer Golf-Dinner Success!

 

Monday, August 11th, San Diego Knights hosted the Third Annual "Golf and Dine" Event in support of the Opus 3 Mobile Ultrasound Initiative.  

 

We, again, played Team-Scramble golf at the beautiful Encinitas Ranch Course - and enjoyed the recently re-modeled and beautifully decorated Grill for our dinner and auction.  SK Rey Vinole and his Jazz Quintet, again, graced us with their lively, and very cool, summer musical-faire. 

 

KofC-San Diego Chapter President John Bertrand delivered diners a succinct KofC update, Howard Bailey shared insights of his time with Tony Gwynn and Tammy DeArmas spoke about the excellent work of our Opus 3-partner, Alternative Women's Center [AWC] of Escondido .  And, of course, our more than 100 guests and participants enjoyed the always fun and exciting Silent Auction and Grand Prize Raffle.

 

Thanks to numerous local Knight-participants and FOLKS (Family and Friends of Local Knights), this really fun and really purpose-filled, family-friendly event raised over $10,000 for the AWC Mobile Ultrasound Initiative. Blessings and thanks, Good Friends of Light and Life!

 

KofC-Light and Life Turf-Surf Dinner @ Cabrillo Council Hall Success!

 

Friday, September 12th, Cabrillo Council Knights and KofC-Light and Life  hosted this sumptuous New York Steak and Seared Ahi Dinner Event in support of College Area Pregnancy Services [CAPS] Ultrasound Project.  

 

Over 125 guests were greeted by lively, and very cool, summer musical-faire … and the opportunity to participate in a bargain of a silent auction and fun grand prize raffle.  Here, again, thanks to numerous local Knight-participants and FOLKS (Family and Friends of Local Knights), this really fun and really purpose-filled, family-friendly event raised over $12,000 for the CAPS Initiative, benefitting the San Diego State-area’s young mothers and fathers and their sons and daughters.  

 

KNIGHTS HOST ‘MIRACLE OF LIGHT AND LIFE’ DINNER TO RAISE FUNDS FOR MOBILE ULTRSOUND CLINIC

 

The Knights of Columbus of Our Lady of Fatima, San Clemente, St Edwards, Dana Point and The Light and Life Foundation joined forces to host a Prime Rib Roast Beef Dinner on June 7, 2014 at McGowan Hall OLF, to raise funds to assist the Pregnancy Resource Center in San Clemente to purchase a Mobile Health Clinic to serve pregnant women in the cities of San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Beach and the Camp Pendleton Marine Base by providing free ultrasounds and related information.

 

The evening included a raffle, a silent auction and speeches by Jane Wahl, Executive Director of the PRC and Paul Isaacs, Vice President, Ministry of Save the Storks organization.

 

The dinner was attended by over 200 parishioners of Our Lady of Fatima, St Edwards, supporters of the PRC and members of the Foundation. Proceeds exceeded $14,500.

 

Many thanks to Greg Anthony and Stephen Beuerle of the Foundation, Knights Bill Kumer, Dave Finamore, Dan Loyer, Adam Matthews, Israel Gomez and many other Knights  that helped make the evening a big success.   

  

A Very Hearty Thank You for a Very Special Knights Night Out Spring Dinner!

 

Thank everyone for their strong support of the Knights of Columbus-Light and Life Spring Dinner at the lovely Holy Family Center at Saint Michael's, Poway. "Knights Night Out" was a truly blessed success, bringing in over $28,000 for our Opus 3 Mobile Ultrasound partner, Alternative Women's Center, of Escondido.

By God's unbounded grace, and everyone's very active, and very generous,  participation in the continuing, San Diego-area KofC-Light and Life Initiative, Light and Life 70X7 is, now, an official KofC California State Council Program, the first, ever, of its kind emanating from San Diego.  This means young mothers and fathers, and their daughters and sons, yet, in the womb, will be helped all across the state.

KofC Light and Lifers, in deed, are Very Good Samaritans! 

 

Light and Life 2nd Annual Mardi Gras of Light and Life

 

Our 2nd Annual “Mardi Gras of Light and Life,” March 1, at the Columbia Club, in central San Diego, was a great success. This fun and purpose-filled event, benefitting PRC-partner Alternatives Women’s Center, of Escondido, with great support from KofC State Council, San Diego Chapter and numerous Brother Knights from 20 area councils, continued the Opus 3 fundraising campaign to build and deliver the West Coast’s first Original Equipment Manufacture ultrasound equipped pregnancy support vehicle. San Diego Opus 3 is being built by Universal Specialty Vehicles, of Perris, California – a Knights of Columbus family-owned company which has built over 150 medical-specialty vehicles over the last 20 years.

 

Thank you, State Chapter, San Diego Chapter and all the Light and Life participating councils, and worthy Brother Knights, for your continuing awesome support for the Light and Life Mobile Ultrasound Initiative. Special thanks to State Council COL-Chair SK Jeff Patino and San Diego Chapter President SK Hugh Largey for their continuing “drive” to get Opus 3 on the road ASAP

 

Light and Life 70X7 And San Diego Area Knights of Columbus Say Thank You To The Many Who Supported December 12th "Christmas of Light and Life" at Sheraton Carlsbad !

 

We thank parishioners for joining with numerous area parishes and KofC Councils, as well as the State of California KofC Council, in supporting our "Christmas of Light and Life" benefitting San Diego Area Opus 3 Light and Life Mobile Ultrasound Initiative-partner, Alternatives Women's Center of Escondido.  Great thanks to SK Jeff Patino, State Council Culture of Life Chairman, and AWC CEO Tammy De Armas for their poignant, highly compelling keynote addresses, and to AWC Board Member Tom Colandrea for a very  informative slide-show presentation of our plan for the first West Coast-produced OEM Mobile Ultrasound-Equipped Pregnancy Support Vehicle.  Special thanks to St. Joseph's Acadamy's Choir, and to Barbara De La Torre and James Brandt for making their heavenly song happen.  Great thanks to all our diners and donars - truly, a blessed evening of Christmas Light and Life was enjoyed by all.Thank you, everyone!  Your participation in our Life Saving-Life Changing Light and Life 70X7 Mobile Ultrasound initiative is helping build up the Culture of Life! 

 

Thank you for your great love of  ... That Child ... That Father ... That Mother! Happy and Blessed Christmas!  Choose Life!

 

Light and Life 70X7 and San Diego Area Knights of Columbus Culture of Life Give Thanks For Everyone Who Supported November 4th "Light and Life at St. Brigid" - and For the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Too!

 

Light and Life 70X7 and the San Diego Area Knights of Columbus thank the many parishioners from St. Brigid, St. Charles Borromeo, Our Mother of Confidence, Mary Star of the Sea and several other area churches and, especially, the good friends of our partner Rachel's Hope, who supported the Second Annual "Light and Life Evening of Giving Thanks," November 4th, at St. Brigid Parish Hall.  We honored Rosemary and Jim Benefield and the work of Rachel's Hope, and raised much needed funds for this very special healing ministry - which, we are happy to report, in recent month has gained especially welcome support through a dedicated "Project Rachel Chair" at the USCCB! 

 

 

Light and Life 70X7, St. Brigid Culture of Life and San Diego Area Knights of Columbus Thank Everyone For Supporting Our August Events, "Light and Life at the Seashore - A Summer's Evening at Voulez Vous Bistro"  and  "Second Annual Light and Life Golf and Dinner Classic at Encinitas Ranch Golf Course."

 

We, all, were abundantly blessed with a beautiful evening of Light and Life at Voulez Vous Bistro, August 5, Monday, in support of the Opus 2 Mobile Ultrasound Initiative headed up by Pt. Loma Council.  Our Mother of Confidence Council and Grand Knight John Ohle led the effort, with support from Mary Star of the Sea Council and St. Brigid Council, to make this fun and purpose-filled event happen.  Special thanks go to Our Mother of Confidence Brother Knight Michel Malecot, and Christian Malecot, and their combined French Gourmet and Voulez Vous team, who underwrote the delicious Mahi-Mahi dinner, for their awesome generosity, hospitality and excellence, and Kim Brunson, Opus 2-partner Pregnancy Resource Center, Vista's, Executive Director, for her stirring talk.  So many area Knights and parishioners and, especially, our St. Brigid parishioners, extended themselves so generously.  We, all, are so very humbled by the goodness of so many.  

 

Moving forward to the following week, August 12, Monday, the Second Annual Light and Life Golf and Dinner Classic, at Encinitas Ranch, put us over the top on the Opus 2 Mobile Unit.  As last year, the event was attended by people with a great love of God and his Creation. Encinitas Ranch is a beauiful venue for golf and dinner – and their team did a fine job as host.  The dinner and program was very special, with San Diego KofC Chapter President Hugh Largey, and Kim Regnier from PRC Vista, speaking about the Life Saving-Life Changing efficacy of mobile ultrasound - and, then, St. Brigid Brother Knight Mike Miller introducing good friends Phil and Mary Mickelson who shared with the group about their marriage and family life.  Our silent auction was great fun, with Brother Knight Michel Malecot's French Gourmet "Dinner for Eight" gift and the Catholic Answers books and DVD's and so many other really nice items.  

 

"Phillip" Mickelson provided two of his signed Augusta National-Masters flags and Phil Rivers gave his signed helmet, jersey and football which, together, brought in over $3,000.  

 

And the Grand Raffle Prize, a 46" Sony "Smart" television was won by, none other than, our own Fr. Devdas.  

 

The wonderful bottom line is that Opus 2 is over the top - the platform is expected to arrive around the middle of October.  

We thank all of you, here, at St. Brigid, Monsignor Steve Callahan, past GK Mike Campos and current GK Matt Kuczkowski, and Paul De Martini and Mark and Merv Payne, for your great servant-leadership in the continuing Light and Life 70X7 Initiative, as we thank all the Light and Life "players" from so many parishes and Knights of Columbus councils, too numerous to mention, all, for such wonderful help in making these most recent Opus 2 events wonderful successes.  

 

You, all, are awesome! Merci beaucoup, Amis d' Lumiere et Vie !! 


Mobile Ultrasound Initiative Wins Award

 

SAN DIEGO – On May 18, the Light and Life Mobile Ultrasound Initiative received the “Best of the Best Culture of Life Activity” award from the Knights of Columbus California State Council during the state convention held at the Town and Country Resort & Conference Center in Mission Valley. The Light and Life Mobile Ultrasound Initiative will now go on to compete for international recognition by the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council. A Mass and christening ceremony celebrating the July arrival of the Opus 1 Mobile Ultrasound Vehicle for Turning Point Pregnancy Center is scheduled to take place at 11 a.m., Sunday, July 21, at St. Brigid Parish in Pacific Beach. For more information on the Light and Life Mobile Ultrasound Initiative, visit www.kofcbringlight.org or call Greg Anthony at (858) 344-5569.

 


Light and Life at St. Brigid" 2nd Annual Dinner and Silent Auction a Blessed Success !

 

June 6, 2013



Knights of Columbus and Saint Brigid Culture of Life thank everyone who participated in our 2nd Annual Spring Dinner in support of the Light and Life 70X7 Mobile Ultrasound Initiative.  $10,000 + in proceeds benefit Opus 2 partner Pregnancy Resource Center, of Vista.



A wonderful evening was enjoyed by over 150 diners.  Value shoppers, again, reveled in the bargains to be found in our silent auction - and our  big screen Sony internet television was won by a Brother Knight of Columbus (!).  Two $25,000 checks were handed to our Opus 1 and 2 partners, Turning Point PRC and Vista PRC, respectively.  We announced July 21, 2013, as the date for the Opus 1 mobile unit's delivery (!) - and August 12, 2013, for the Second Annual Light and Life Golf Classic at Encinitas Ranch Golf Course to benefit Opus 3.



Best of all, we heard a very inspiring message, to live our Faith Commitment and not our fears, from our very special Light and Life partner and friend, Rachel's Hope director, Rosemary Benefield.



For additional information regarding the Opus 1, 2 and 3 Calendars, check out Light and Life website [ www.kofcbringlight ] - or call Greg or Gabi @ 858-344-5569.



Thanks, again, everyone !



LIGHT AND LIFE AT ST. BRIGID AND AUCTION

With the overwhelming support of St. Brigid's parishioners, this first of our three development drive events was a great success in both attendance and fundraising.  With the super-organized help of Mary Lucena and the awesome 30's-40's Group, we served a sold-out crowd (on a Monday evening, no less!) delicious prime rib prepared by Mike and Peg Campos' super-talented son-in-law, Daniel Rumley, with over 200 St. Brigid parishioners dining, as well as additional guests from other parishes.  We, also, were joined by members of Catholics for the Common Good, as well as Knights, and Ladies, of Columbus from Santa Sophia, Our Mother of Confidence, All Hallows, KofC San Diego Chapter, KofC Balboa Assembly, Point Loma Council 3947 and, of course, our very own St. Brigid KofC Council 3487. 



Monsignor Steve and Father Chris blessed the evening's activities (Father Chris proclaiming the "Happiest Day of My Life"), Brother Knight Rey Vinole and his band provided top-notch musical entertainment, and Camille Cassin, Executive Direcrtor from our initiative partner, Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center, delivered a concise and poignant presentation, with an active Question & Answer period following.  The raffle and silent auction was very popular and active which added to a very enjoyable evening.  All together, the event will add over $12,000 to our Opus 1 initiative.



We, the COL Committee, are so very appreciative, and deeply joyful, for your strong response to this initial Light and Life event - not just in relation to attendance and fundraising but, especially, with respect to so many of you who believe, strongly, and experience great joy, in the just cause of Light and Life, and are willing to give of your time, talent and treasure.  We genuinely thank you, all, fellow parishioners, too numerous to mention, as well as the many family and friends from outside St. Brigid who joined us.  We extend special, and, we promise, abiding, thanks to Jim and Rosemary Benefield.  We thank, also, the many local businesses, especially the Albertson's and Ralph's grocery stores, and The French Gourmet Restaurant and Bakery, for their great support.  EVERYONE ... YOU ALL ROCK !



OPUS 1 LIGHT AND LIGHT EVENTS

Knights of Columbus and Saint Brigid Culture of Life heartily thanks everyone for supporting our fun and purpose-filled Opus 1 Light and Life events.  As you may recall, the Light and Life at St. Brigid Dinner, May 21, raised more than $12,000 - and the Golf and Fiesta Dinner Event, at Encinitas Ranch, August 13th, raised over $11,500 -  for the mobile ultrasound campaign.  Last Saturday's, September 8th, Prime Rib Dinner Gala and Auction, at Sheraton Carlsbad Resort, was especially well supported by St. Brigid parishioners - the event brought in close to $30,000 (!) ... and  one of our own St. Brigid parishioners is the happy winner of the Hawaiian Vacation raffle prize (!!).



Great thanks, again, everyone, for supporting the Light and Life Mobile Ultrasound Initiative.



A CHRISTMAS OF LIGHT AND LIFE ABOVE PETCO PARK

Thank You, Diocese of San Diego Parishioners, For Supporting the Knights of Columbus "A Christmas of Light And Life ... Above Petco Park" Benefitting the Opus 2 Mobile Ultrasound Initiative



Knights of Columbus and the Light and Life Committee thank everyone who attended Point Loma KofC Council's Light and Life Christmas dinner event, December 7th.  Nearly 100 diners from throughout the greater San Diego Chapter of Knights of Columbus, and Diocese of San Diego, and team members comprised of, both, Point Loma and St. Brigid Knights and parishioners, and our own Father Chris (now, "Pastor Tozzi" of Charles Borromeo Parish), as well as our pregnancy resources partners, gathered together at the Legend Building 7th Floor Terrace above Petco Park.  We celebrated the Divine Light of Christmas by supporting the Knights Light and Life Opus 2 Mobile Ultrasound Initiative, raising over $10,000 on behalf of Pregnancy Resource Center of Vista, and honored our partners' years of work as "instruments of light and life" helping introduce young women and men to their sons and daughters, yet in the womb, throught the miracle of ultrasound.  The evening proved to be a truly sumptuous affair, and a good and purpose-filled time was had by all.



Should anyone desire information regarding year-end tax deductible contributions to the Opus 2 Initiative, or staffing Light and Life's Booth at the upcoming, January 19th, 2013, San Diego Walk for Life, please contact Greg or Gabriele Anthony [858-344-5569] 

Thank you, again, awesome friends of Knights of Columbus Light and Life and Pregnancy Resource Center of Vista - and a continuing Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year of Light and Life to all !!



INSTRUMENT OF LIGHT AND LIFE MARDI GRAS FUNDRAISER

Knights of Columbus Opus 2 Mobile Ultrasound February 9th "Instrument of Light and Life" Mardi Gras Fundraiser a Great Success !



Knights of Columbus Culture of Life and the Light and Life Committee thank everyone who supported the Opus 2 Light and Life Mardi Gras event at Charles Borromeo Parish Hall hosted by KofC Point Loma Council.  Tasty Creole-Cajun food, high-energy New Orleans-style jazz and an exciting raffle made for a fun evening for over 200 guests.  The event raised over $10,000 for the Opus 2 Mobile Ultrasound Initiative benefitting Pregnancy Resource Center of Vista.  St. Brigid's KofC Light and Life committee, in combination with Point Loma Council's Light and Life team, is planning additional events for 2013 and invite everyone to join in the fun.  For updated information call Greg or Gabriele Anthony [858-344-5569] or Steve Beuerle [ 858-9458550 ] or check out the website [ www.kofclightandlife.org ].  



Thank you, all, fun-loving and purpose-driven friends of Light and Life - and a continuing Blessed and Happy New Year of Light and Life to all !!



LIGHT AND LIFE GOLF & DINNER A WONDERFUL SUCCESS
source: San Diego Chapter Report - August 17, 2012



Knights of Columbus Light and Life Opus 1 Mobile Ultrasound Initiative  - Thanking Brother Knights for helping make August 13th Golf-Fiesta Dinner a wonderful success – Letting Brother Knights know September 8th Prime Rib Dinner Gala Tables and Single Spots are on sale, now!!!


Knights of Columbus Light and Life Opus 1 Mobile Ultrasound Initiative hosted golf players and diners at Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, Monday, August 13th, for their "Light and Life Golf and Dinner Classic" at Encinitas Ranch Golf Course.  The Knights great turnout helped raise more than $5,000 in “day-of-event” receipts – the golf, fiesta-style dinner, silent auction and raffle netted more than $10,000, total.


Light and Life “District 1” Knights, now, are selling tables, as well as single spots, for their Saturday, September 8th Prime Rib Dinner Gala and Auction at Sheraton Carlsbad Resort.  This Opus 1 culminating event will feature a sumptuous prime rib dinner, lovely music and numerous “got-to-have” silent auction items.



In addition, the Knights will be raffling off a pretty awesome prize – a week in beautiful Maui, Hawaii, for two, inclusive of round-trip airfare.  Most important, the Light and Life Dinner Gala event will feature informative presentations by Fr. Peter West, of Human Life International, and Camille Cassin, of Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center – and an inspirational and sure-to-be memorable keynote address from our own Fourth Degree Brother Knight, San Diego’s Co-Adjutor Bishop , Cirilo Flores.  There, also, will be a few musical surprises sure to please.



 

Brother Knights Steve Beuerle and Greg Anthony are referring everyone to the Light and Life web-site [www.kofclightandlife.org ] to register for the Gala.  Early-birds purchasing tables of 10 before August 31st can take advantage of a significant savings [$60 verses $70 per person]. The Knights, also, are working with local Catholic media, including the Southern Cross and Immaculate Heart Radio, and placing 100’s of registration-flyers, directly, with councils and parishes throughout the San Diego Diocese. The Knights hope to fill, completely, the 500-person capacity Grand Pacific Room at Sheraton Carlsbad Resort, in order to meet their development drive goal to purchase California’s first Original Equipment Manufacture (“OEM”) Mobile Ultrasound facility for Turning Point Pregnancy Resource Center of Sorrento Mesa – and meet the needs of brothers and sisters.


Yes … it is about Saving Lives, and Changing Lives. "



Please contact Greg Anthony [ganthony@kofcstbrigid.org or telephone 858-344-5569] for additional details - and thank you, everyone, for supporting the Light and Life Opus 1 Mobile Ultrasound Initiative!!



Mobile Ultrasound Campaign Bringing ‘Light and Life’ to San Diego
Source: Southern Cross - August 2012



SAN DIEGO – No longer known only for their pancake breakfasts and Tootsie Roll drives, local Knights of Columbus councils are currently collaborating on a major pro-life campaign.

Through their new “Light and Life” initiative, local Knights of Columbus are working to deliver mobile Image Clear Ultrasound (ICU) units to qualified pregnancy resource centers. The centers will then be able to take their mobile ultrasound unit, housed in an RV, on the road to offer free services, including pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, throughout the county.   click here to read entire story . . .

Point Loma Council 3947 in San Diego raised $25,000 to purchase a new ultrasound machine for a mobile pregnancy resource center through the Knights of Columbus Ultrasound Initiative. The service travels throughout the area to provide free ultrasounds to pregnant women. 


source:  http://www.kofc.org/un/en/knightsinaction/detail/1105Pacific.html


NEW ULTRASOUND MACHINE PRESENTATION
source:  Kof C State Newsletter  - April 2011



Those pictured were on hand to celebrate earlier this year with a gathering of over 60 supporters at Pregnancy Resource Center, Vista, and the latest San  Diego Knights of Columbus pro-life response to the 38th anniversary of the 1973 US Supreme Court’s infamous Roe v. Wade Decision. (That court’s decision has thus far resulted in the ending of over 52 Million innocent unborn babies’ lives in the name of "choice" in America).  San Diego Atty. and Sir Knight Stephen Beurele initiated the original local fund drive with other Catholic and non-Catholic pro-life Christians to raise the necessary first half of the $50,000 required for purchase and delivery of this state-of-theart Ultrasound which shows in great detail a living moving baby with its audible heartbeat in its mother’s womb early on after conception.

 

 

Knights Equip Mobile Clinic with Life-Saving Ultrasound
Knights of Columbus San Diego Chapter
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                              
Contact: Stephen Beuerle, 619.663.8853


VISTA, CA (March 2011)  – A local crisis pregnancy center now has a new, state-of-the-art ultrasound machine, thanks to the Knights of Columbus.  A new 3D/4D ultrasound, which allows people to see an unborn baby in real time and hear the heartbeat, was dedicated Feb. 25 at Pregnancy Resource Center in Vista. The new machine was blessed by Jesuit Father Gil Gentile.

The ultrasound, which is being used onboard the center’s Image Clear Ultrasound (ICU) Mobile Pregnancy Center, was provided through the Knights of Columbus’ Ultrasound Initiative. Through the initiative, the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus matches funds raised by local councils to purchase ultrasound machines for crisis pregnancy centers.

“Because the majority of pregnant women choose to keep their baby when they see an ultrasound image of the baby, we expect that by providing the latest, state-of-the art, 4D ultrasound machines to pro-life pregnancy centers, more pregnant women will decide to choose life for the babies,” said Steve Beuerle, a member of the Knights of Columbus, who serves as local coordinator for the Ultrasound Initiative.

The new ultrasound machine cost approximately $48,000. San Diego-area Knights raised about $25,000 in an ecumenical effort that included both Catholics and non-Catholic Christians. The Supreme Council contributed the remaining $23,000.

Ultrasound Manager Kim Regnier described the new ultrasound as “a wonderful addition” to the center. In 4D, she said, viewing the ultrasound image is “like watching a movie” with live footage of the baby sucking its thumb and grabbing its toes.

The ICU Mobile Pregnancy Clinic, which is housed in a 36-foot RV, began operating in 2008. It is capable of traveling throughout San Diego County to offer free services, including pregnancy tests and ultrasounds.



The new ultrasound machine is already saving lives, Regnier said. On Feb. 28, the first day it was used, a mother-to-be chose life after viewing an ultrasound of her unborn daughter and hearing the baby's heartbeat.



Beuerle hopes that San Diegans will consider donating their RVs to help create a fleet of mobile pregnancy centers, all equipped with 4D ultrasound machines and capable of meeting pregnant women where they are -- at Malls, on campuses and outside abortion clinics. He also aims to continue fundraising, with the hope of procuring more 4D ultrasounds for the San Diego area.

“According to Pregnancy Resource Center statistics, each ultrasound saves approximately 100 babies per year,” he said. “$25,000 is the amount we need to raise locally to receive matching funds from Supreme Knights for new 4D ultrasound. Thus, each $250 we raise saves approximately one baby per year.  “It is interesting to note that the $250 to save a baby is about half the $500 average cost for an abortion,” he added.



For more information, contact Steve Beuerle at scb@procopio.com or (619) 663-8853. Donations payable to "Knights of Columbus" can be sent to Beuerle at 525 B St., Suite 2200, San Diego, CA 92101