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Big fundraiser returns to St. Agnes

Students at St. Agnes School hold up the raffle tickets they will be selling for the Catholic United Financial fundraiser. (Contributed)

The Catholic Schools Raffle returns this winter to St. Agnes School in Osakis, giving residents the opportunity to turn $5 into a brand new car or $20,000 in cash while supporting their local Catholic school.

Students from St. Agnes has joined students from 83 other schools across Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota in selling the $5 tickets. Each ticket purchased gives ticket buyers the opportunity to win a 2018 Chevy TRAX or $20,000 in cash, or other prizes totaling $40,000 in value.

Every penny of every ticket sold stays at St. Agnes, thanks to the raffle's sole sponsor, Catholic United Financial. The St. Paul-based company provides all the prizes and promotion materials for the raffle at no cost to the 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," said Catholic United President Harald Borrmann in a news release. "Since the program started, we have invested nearly $1 million in the raffle because we understand how this unique fundraiser greatly benefits the students and their teachers."

Now in its ninth year, the Catholic Schools Raffle has raised more than $6 million for Catholic schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. This year, Catholic United is challenging the 84 participating schools to collectively raise $1 million during the six-week selling period.

To help reach this goal, St. Agnes hopes to sell enough tickets to raise $20,000.

The money raised allows schools like St. Agnes to provide tuition assistance, update technology systems, or to cover the cost of special learning opportunities like guest speakers and field trips.

Ticket sales began Jan. 12 and run through Feb. 25. Tickets are only available at participating schools.

The grand prize drawing ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 7 at the Catholic United Financial Home Office in St. Paul. Raffle updates and a full list of participating schools can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CatholicSchoolsRaffle.

About Catholic United Financial

Catholic United Financial is one of the largest fraternal life insurance associations in the Upper Midwest, serving more than 80,000 members in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa. As a not-for-profit company, it transforms profits from the sale of life insurance, annuities and retirement products into programs that support the Catholic community's ability to thrive and grow. For more information, go to www.catholicunitedfinancial.org.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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