2017 cultureoflifePast Grand Knight and current State Adocate Otto Heck accepts the 2016-2017 District of Columbia State Council Culture of Life award from State Deputy Timothy Saccoccia at the 118th Annual Meeting of the Knights of Columbus in the District of Columbia.

Since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in the United States in 1973, the Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to protecting the sanctity of human life.

For their outstanding service and dedication to building a culture of life, this year’s Culture of Life Activity Award went to Patrick Cardinal O'Boyle Council 11302.

Since its founding, Council 11302 has participated in the local preparations for the national March for Life which is held every January on or around the anniversary of the handing down of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v Wade. Not only does the Council assist with planning and execution of hospitality events on Capitol Hill for pilgrims from around the country, the Council also holds regular diaper and bottle drives, and assists with clean-up efforts at the Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center. Further, the Council annualy provides volunteers for the DC Special Olympics and various youth programs - promoting the sanctity of life, particularly those who are most vulnerable.