Knights of Columbus, Santa Maria Council #553  - Notre Dame Smokers
Notre Dame Smokers
Some 70 years ago the legendary Edward (Moose) Krause came to our council, Santa Maria Council # 553, and asked if we would help promote Notre Dame football - this was during the war years.  Even though we are no longer needed to promote Notre Dame's fabled football program, we still continue our tradition of fine family entertainment.  Each Friday night, before home football games, we gather to hear legendary sports figures, from both Notre Dame and the visiting team, talk about their team, their school and share life events. 
In addition, the money that we raise from these events goes to help local charities throughout the South Bend Community and also the Ara Parseghian Medical Foundation.
The Knights and their ladies of Santa Maria Council #553 are proud to be part of this great traditions and we look forward to making your visit to a Notre Dame Football weekend a great experience. 
Some of our past speakers and guests have been:
Coach Ara Parseghian
Brig.General Patrick Finnegan, Dean of Academics, US Military Academy.
Reggie & Tony Brooks - Former ND football players
Rich Wolfe - Notre Dame grad and famous sports author
Dan Modak - member & secretary of '49 National Championship Team
Lou Somogyi, Editor of Blue/Gold Magazine
Notre Dame Cheer Leaders and Leprechaun
Our Smokers are open to the public
PGK Steve Filbert, left, and PGK Jerry Patrick, right, present a check from last year's ND Smokers to Ara Parseghian, center, for his medical foundation.
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