Put your money where it can enrich you and your favorite Catholic school

| January 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

Get ready to buy a raffle ticket and support a Catholic school near you.

Fourteen Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis are participating in this year’s Annual Catholic Schools Raffle sponsored by Catholic United Financial.

In 2011, nine schools in the archdiocese raised $66,495.

Last year, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Hastings raised $22,855, Mary Queen of Peace in Rogers brought in $11,510 and St. Raphael in Crystal raised $6,390.

Among the schools joining the 2012 raffle, St. John the Baptist in Vermillion set a goal of $5,000 and Divine Mercy Catholic School in Faribault has a goal of $60,000, according to Catholic United Financial.

Now in its third year with 62 schools in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota participating, Catholic United Financial’s goal is to bring in more than $500,000 for Cath­olic education.

The raffle program raises funds for participating schools at no cost to the school, while encouraging small donations from the whole community.

The Catholic Schools Raffle is paid for entirely by Catholic United Financial, which purchases prizes, promotes the event and provides all the materials and logistical support for the schools. Schools sell the tickets at $5 each and keep all the money. The tickets are collected by Catholic United at its expense and brought to the home office for the official drawing on March 1, 2012.

Prizes include$25,000 cash or a Ford Escape SUV, Caribbean Carnival Cruise packages, Apple iPads, Playstation3 Move bundles, Kindle Fire Tablets and Apple gift cards.

Ticket sales begin Jan. 13 and continue for six weeks. Call your school or visit http://www.catholicunitedfinancial.org to see if it is participating this year.

The list of participating schools is now closed. Schools interested in using this program for their fundraising efforts in 2013 can visit Catholic United Financial’s website to learn more.

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