Developmental Disabilities Drive Overview

Written by Kevin Hudnut. Posted in Developmental Disabilities Drive

Drive for Persons with Developmental Disabilities

Drive Goal = $650,000.00
October 9, 10, & 11, 2015*

(*Councils are asked to conduct their drive October 9-11; however, if there are special circumstances that your council cannot conduct its drive that weekend, the insurance purchased by the state council to cover the drive is effective every weekend in October.)

We as members of the Knights of Columbus are committed to supporting organizations who are dedicated to the health, education and welfare of persons with developmental disabilities. This is highlighted each year by our “Drive for Persons with Developmental Disabilities” (formerly known as the “Tootsie Roll Drive,” and more recently as the “MR Drive”).



Knights of Columbus Developmental Center
at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center

One-half of all proceeds collected in this annual drive go to support the Knights of Columbus Developmental Center which was started by the Missouri Knights in 1982.

The Center specializes in diagnosing and treating thousands of children afflicted with: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Delays, Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Prader-Willie Syndrome, Hyperactivity and Attention Deficit Disorder. This is done by a staff of Child Psychologists, Educational Diagnosticians, Social Workers, Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Special Family Therapists, and special consultant "Higgins" (a Goldendoodle) the therapy dog. Other programs in place include: Parent Education, Developmental Screening, Professional Training and Developmental Education.

Here are some links to lead you to more information about the center:

Knights of Columbus Developmental Center Website
Recent Newsletter

Additionally, here is a YouTube promotional video put together by the Cardinal Glennon folks regarding the importance of the drive and its ties to the Developmental Center.
YouTube Video

We also have a new liason within the Cardinal Glennon network.  Her name is Colleen Dolnick, and she will be contacting St. Louis area councils in the near future to come out and visit your councils.  Please be on the lookout for communications from Colleen.  If you need to reach her, her information is:

Colleen Dolnick
Marketing & Communications Manager
3800 Park Avenue
St. Louis, MO  63110
Office Phone: 314-678-6626

As you can see Brothers, we Missouri Knights of Columbus have a LOT to be proud of!!!




 Turn-Around Funds

The other half of the proceeds collected goes back to your council to use to support local programs for persons with developmental disabilities. Over 230 different agencies across the state received support through these funds last year.

Turn-around fund request forms should be completed no later than June 30, 2016.

Councils who do not have a specific agency in their area which works with the developmentally disabled are encouraged to request that their turn-around funds be donated to the Knights of Columbus Developmental Center or to Special Olympics Missouri. You can indicate your preference on your Developmental Disabilities Drive Disbursement Request Form.


Dave Bramman, Developmental Disabilities (East)   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Roland Cretel, Jr.Developmental Disabilities (West)   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Ralph Cupelli, Columbian Charities Treasurer    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.