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Norwalk Resident Knighted At Knights Of Columbus Ceremony

Katie Banzhaf, executive director of STAR with Norwalk resident Nick Ippolito and Steven Haywood of the Knights of Columbus 1253.
Katie Banzhaf, executive director of STAR with Norwalk resident Nick Ippolito and Steven Haywood of the Knights of Columbus 1253. Photo Credit: Provided

NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk resident Nick Ippolito recently was knighted at the Knights of Columbus No. 1253 awards and induction ceremony at St. Ladislaus Church in South Norwalk.

“It felt good to become a Knight," Ippolito said in a press release. "I was excited the Knights of Columbus chose me. They are a very good organization.”

STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way also received donations of more than $2,500 from Knights of Columbus chapters Nos. 1253, 14360 and national headquarters.

“We are grateful for the ongoing support of several local chapters of the Knights of Columbus and for the hard work and contributions they make to benefit individuals with intellectual disabilities," said Katie Banzhaf, STAR’s executive director, in a press release. "They have been true friends of STAR and champions of those with intellectual disabilities.”

STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way… is a not-for-profit organization that has served individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1952, as well as providing support services to their families. They create opportunities for individuals to live full lives with independence, freedom of choice and personal growth by providing support, services and advocacy, according to a press release.

The organization has grown to include a full array of services for more than 600 individuals with disabilities, from birth to their senior years, as well as their families, according to a press release. For more information, visit

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men’s organization, established in 1882 that provides financial protection and engages in works of charity to benefit the less fortunate. From helping children in need to providing wheelchairs to the physically disabled and support for the intellectually handicapped, the group has been at the service of the communities in which they live and the needy around the world for more than 127 years.

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