St. Paul, MN (PRWEB) March 17, 2014
The goal of this year's Catholic Schools Raffle was set high at $1 million, and Catholic school students and staff proved up to the challenge.
Catholic Schools Raffle organizers celebrated the fundraiser's fifth anniversary on March 13 with the announcement that more than $1 million were raised this year by students and families of 85 Catholic schools in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. This is the first time the Raffle has broken through the $1 million mark in a single year.
In all, students and families sold $994,075 in tickets and that sum, along with an additional $27,920 in donations, put the 2014 grand total at $1,021,995. The journey to achieving the seven-figure goal started back in January. More than 18,000 students enrolled at the schools sold $5 tickets to their neighbors, families and friends from Jan. 17 to March 2.
This phenomenal announcement kicked off a prize drawing celebration held the morning of March 13 at the St. Paul offices of Raffle sponsor Catholic United Financial. Following the record-breaking announcement, Father Tom Thompson of the Diocese of Superior, WI, dug deep into a seven-foot-long metal and plastic barrel and pulled out the tickets of 54 lucky supporters. Prizes ranged from the grand prize of a 2014 Honda CR-V or $25,000 cash (winner's choice) to vacation trips, hotel stays, iPads, gift cards and more. A complete list of prizes and winners is listed on http://www.catholicunited.org/links/raffle.
Catholic United Financial President Harald Borrmann congratulated the schools for meeting the million-dollar challenge he put forward last year. Borrmann said it was a privilege for the not-for-profit company to support Catholic schools through the Raffle: “We use the very business we're in to feed the programs that support education.”
During the ceremony, Raffle Coordinator Michelle Clark also announced the three schools that sold the most tickets per student. Catholic United will award each with a $3,500 grant for classroom technology: Holy Cross School in Kimball/Marty, Minn., St. Agnes School of Osakis, Minn., and St. Mary’s School of Bird Island, Minn.
A huge benefit of school participation in the Raffle is that all expenses of the promotional materials, tickets, prizes and more are underwritten by sole sponsor Catholic United Financial. Therefore, 100 percent of every dollar raised can stay with the schools and benefit the students who attend them. The Catholic Schools Raffle has helped raise funds for Catholic schools since 2009.
About Catholic United Financial
A fraternal life insurance company based in St. Paul, Minn., Catholic United Financial serves its 84,000 members by providing life insurance, annuities and financial products while maintaining a network of volunteer groups across the Upper Midwest. Along with the Catholic Schools Raffle, the company supports religious education through matching grant programs, college scholarships, school construction grants and more than have provided millions of dollars to communities throughout Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa and North Dakota.