GALLIPOLIS — The Knights of Columbus awarded its annual $1,000 Scholarship to Gabriel Alex Valadez, a graduate of Gallia Academy. He is the son of Gabriel and María Valadez of Gallipolis.
This scholarship is helping Alex obtain a two-year degree at the Columbus Culinary Institute of the Bradford School in Columbus (columbusculinary.com). It is a demanding two year program in the culinary arts. About half of the students drop out in the first year.
Alex plans to use his skills to help his father operate the El Torril Mexican Restaurant, at 2145 Eastern Avenue next to Walmart in Gallipolis. Eventually, he aspires to follow in his father’s footsteps and start up his own restaurant that specializes in unique cuisine of the highest quality.
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic lay organization. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Church, their communities, and youth. With more than 1.8 million members in over 15,000 councils around the world, the Knights of Columbus annually donates more than $170 million and 70 million hours of service to charitable causes. The most prominent community activities of the St. Louis Council include the Coats for Kids campaign, Substance Abuse Awareness, and the Basketball Free Throw for developmentally disabled children and adults of the Rehabilitation Center. Please visit kofc.org and kofcohio.org for more information.
All faithful Catholic men of the area are invited to join the Knights of Columbus (call David Stapleton, the Grand Knight at 740-612-9848). Members enjoy great fellowship along with family activities and opportunities to serve the parish and the community. A bonus is the life insurance program to protect families. Any profits do not go to stockholders, but rather are returned to the insured in rebates and used for a number of charitable causes.
Article submitted by the Knights of Columbus.