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St. Agnes raises $21,055 in six weeks

The 2018 Catholic Schools Raffle at St. Agnes School was a big success.

Teachers, staff and the surrounding community of Osakis united with students and their families to raise an outstanding total of $21,055 for the school in just six weeks, according to organizers.

The school averaged 86 tickets sold per student, earning them an additional $3,000 in grant money from program sponsor, Catholic United Financial.

Since Jan. 12, students of St. Agnes have been selling $5 raffle tickets as part of the Catholic Schools Raffle, a fundraising program provided free of charge by Catholic United Financial since 2009.

St. Agnes 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 said they were excited to know that they would keep every dollar raised during the six-week ticket selling period.

"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 broadcast live on the Catholic United Financial website. The prizes, valued at more than $40,000, included a new 2018 Chevy Trax SUV, vacation and travel packages, iPads, smart TVs and more.

Raffle winners from Osakis included: Marlene Kreemer — Twins tickets family pack and Gregg Anderson — $100 Visa gift card.

Catholic United also rewarded the hard work of the top student classroom at St. Agnes with a pizza party and the top selling student won a new self-propelled WowWee robot.

Funds raised by participating schools, like St. Agnes School, are used to enhance school programs and facilities, including funding field trips, building playgrounds, supplementing tuition costs and providing new education technology.

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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