Students and teachers gearing up to sell as Catholic Schools Raffle starts Jan. 12

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Million dollar fundraiser returns to Catholic schools this winter

School administrators are hanging up posters and students are practicing their sales pitches for the Catholic Schools Raffle. But the prizes are so marvelous and the cause so worthy, the $5 tickets practically sell themselves!

The Catholic Schools Raffle returns to select Catholic elementary schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota this winter giving the public the opportunity to turn $5 into a brand new car or $20,000 in cash while raising piles of money for local Catholic schools.

Starting January 12, thousands of students will sell $5 raffle tickets. Each ticket purchased gives ticket buyers the opportunity to win a 2018 Chevy Trax SUV (or $20,000 in cash), or other great prizes totaling $40,000 in value.

Best of all, every penny of every ticket sold stays at the school thanks to raffle sponsor Catholic United Financial. The St. Paul-based company provides all the prizes and promotion materials to schools free of charge resulting in 100 percent profit for participating schools.

“Catholic United’s mission since our founding 140 years ago has included supporting Catholic education, and we couldn’t be happier or more proud to support our schools with the Catholic Schools Raffle,” explained Catholic United President Harald Borrmann. “Keeping all the monies raised with the schools is something unique which ultimately, so greatly benefits the children and their teachers.”

Now in its ninth year, the Catholic Schools Raffle has raised more than $6 million. Participating schools have been challenged to raise another $1 million in 2018, and we’re betting they will get the job done. In past years, school administrators have used money raised through the Raffle to provide tuition assistance, update their technology systems, and cover the cost of hosting a guest speakers or taking a field trips.

Ticket sales begin January 12 and run thru February 25. Tickets are only available at participating schools. The Grand Prize drawing ceremony takes place on Wednesday, March 7 at the Catholic United Financial Home Office in St. Paul, MN. Raffle updates can be followed on the Raffle Facebook page.