St. Mary's raises an amazing $11,575 in just six weeks
2018 brought another successful Catholic Schools Raffle at St. Mary's School. Teachers, staff and the surrounding community of Sleepy Eye united with students and their families to raise an outstanding total of $11,575 for the school.
Since January 12, students of St. Mary's have been selling $5 raffle tickets as part of the Catholic Schools Raffle, a fundraising program provided free of charge by sponsor Catholic United Financial since 2009. St. Mary's is one of 84 schools in Minnesota and the Dakotas that were involved in 2018. Before that January start date, school leadership set an ambitious fundraising goal. Catholic United Financial provided all promotional materials, raffle tickets and prizes for the program at no cost. As the tickets were sold and money came in, families and staff counted their total. They were excited to know that they keep every dollar raised during the six-week ticket selling period, which ended February 25.
“Catholic United Financial has had a strong commitment to education ever since our founding 140 years ago. This year, our Catholic Schools Raffle again is one of the largest fundraisers for Catholic education in the Upper Midwest,” said Harald Borrmann, president of Catholic United Financial. “Since we started this Raffle in 2009, well over $7 million has been raised for participating schools. We are incredibly proud that 100 percent of the total has gone directly to the students, parents, faculty and administrators who have helped make this program such an unqualified success.”
On March 7 the Raffle officially concluded with a prize drawing ceremony streamed live on the Catholic United Financial website. The prizes, valued at over $40,000, included a new 2018 Chevy Trax SUV, vacation and travel packages, iPads, Smart TVs and more. Catholic United also rewarded the hard work of the top student classroom at St. Mary's with a pizza party and the top selling student won a new self-propelled WowWee robot.
Funds raised by participating schools, like St. Mary's School, are used to enhance school programs and facilities, including funding field trips, building playgrounds, supplementing tuition costs and providing new education technology.
Video, photos and a list of prizewinners and results are available at www.catholicunitedfinancial.org/raffle.
About Catholic United Financial
Catholic United Financial is a not-for-profit financial cooperative that has served Catholics in the Upper Midwest since 1878. The company provides life insurance and retirement products for its 80,000 members and returns a portion of its profits to local communities through programs like the Catholic Schools Raffle, Post-High School Tuition Scholarship, Gather4Good® service events, and more. Based in St. Paul, Minn., Catholic United helps its members plan for every step of their life journey.