Monday, March 31, 2014

St John the Baptist-Vermillion Raises $12,260 In Recent Raffle

     St. John the Baptist Catholic School-Vermillion students made their mark on this year's Annual Catholic Schools Raffle by raising $12,260 in just six weeks, every penny of which will benefit the school.

Students and families of the preschool through Grade 6 school were able to accomplish this feat by taking part in the 2014 Annual Catholic Schools Raffle, a fundraiser sponsored by Catholic United Financial. Along with an additional 84 other Catholic schools in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota, the raffle put $1,022,995 into educators' hands.

St. John's first grader Bennett Brockman was the winner of a Kindle Fire tablet device for selling $1,015 in raffle tickets. Below he is pictured with Catholic United Financial representative Deacon Kevin Downie, his pastor Fr. Stan Mader, and his Principal Sr. Tresa Margret as he was recognized for his sales success after the school's weekly, all-school Mass. 

In addition, the Kindergarten and 1st grade classes will receive a special popcorn and movie party from Principal Sr. Tresa Margret for selling the most raffle tickets and the entire school will take part in a pizza party sponsored by Catholic United Financial.

Catholic United Financial covers all the costs associated with this multi-school raffle, providing $50,000 in prizes, tickets, and all the promotional material to help schools spread the word and raise money for their students. Catholic United covers these costs so the participating schools can use every cent they raise to provide for improved technology, infrastructure, tuition assistance or any other need they may face.
"We've come a long way in a very short time," Catholic United President Harald Borrmann said of the five-year-oldraffle. "We are so proud of this program, and so proud of the volunteers and students at the schools who make it such a success. Congratulations!"
Along with the financial boon provided by ticket sales, Catholic United also incents ticket selling for students and schools. The three schools that sold the most tickets per student will also receive a $3,500 grant in addition to their raffle earnings.
The Grand Prize Drawing took place March 13, 2014 and was streamed live on the Internet for all the participants and the hopeful buyers of almost 200,000 tickets to see.
The Annual Catholic Schools Raffle is in its fifth year, and in that short time has helped schools raise more than $3.2 million dollars. It will return in 2015 with the goal of helping Catholic educators add another $1 million to that grand total.
To see a list of results, and view photos and video of the event, visit

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