NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - North Platte Mayor Dwight Livingston has officially proclaimed Oct. 12-13, 2018 "Tootsie Roll Special Olympics Weekend" in the city.
Mayor Livingston dedicated the weekend to the North Platte Special Olympics team and the North Platte Knights of Columbus.
The Knights of Columbus raise money all around the country for different organizations, and North Platte's chapter raises their money for the Special Olympics.
"Back in 1970, the Knights of Columbus started the campaign for intellectual disabilities. Ours has always gone to Special Olympics," said Andrew Mueller, the Grand Knight of North Platte's Knights of Columbus, Council 1211.
Mueller added, "It's a wonderful project that we do, and something we're very proud to do. There's nothing greater than to watch, I call it team North Platte, to watch a group of young people [be] victorious. It's just a great feeling inside."
Rob Hampton, the Head of Delegation for North Platte Special Olympics, acknowledged the help the Knights of Columbus provides the Special Olympics.
"It helps us with travelling expenses to all of our out of town tournaments and regional events. It also helps fund our equipment needs. We're just so thankful for the generosity of the knights," Hampton said.
The Knights of Columbus will be outside Walmart and both Gary's Super Foods locations this Friday night and Saturday morning. They will be giving away tootsie rolls and raising money to benefit the Special Olympics.