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Million-dollar fundraiser returns to St. Agnes School

Starting Jan. 14, students from St. Agnes School joined students from 85 other schools across Minnesota and South Dakota in selling the $5 tickets.

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

Starting Jan. 14, students from St. Agnes School joined students from 85 other schools across Minnesota and South Dakota in selling the $5 tickets. Each ticket purchased gives ticket-buyers the opportunity to win a 2022 Ford Escape (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 your school 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 143 years ago has included supporting Catholic education, and we couldn’t be happier or prouder to support our schools with the Catholic Schools Raffle,” said Catholic United President Mike Ahles in a press release. “Since the program started, we have invested over $1 million in the raffle because we understand how this unique fundraiser greatly benefits the students and their teachers.”

Now in its 13th year, the Catholic Schools Raffle has raised more than $11 million for Catholic schools in Minnesota and South Dakota. This year, Catholic United is challenging the 86 participating schools to collectively raise $1.5 million during the six-week selling period.

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To help reach this goal, St. Agnes School hopes to sell enough tickets to raise $20,000. The money raised allows schools like St. Agnes School to provide tuition assistance, update technology systems, or to cover the cost of special learning opportunities like guest speakers and field trips.

Ticket sales will run through Feb. 27. Tickets are only available at participating schools. The grand prize drawing ceremony takes place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 10 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.

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