St. Lawrence Catholic School students raised $15,615 between January 15 and February 28 during the annual Catholic Schools Raffle. Although many Catholic churches were closed and door-to-door fundraising methods weren’t available everywhere, St. Lawrence, along with 81 other schools in the Dakotas and Minnesota, raised a combined total of $1.49 million — a new record for the program. The fundraising program has been sponsored free of charge by Catholic United Financial since 2009.
Michael Ahles, president of Catholic United Financial, said, “It has been our privilege to offer this program to local Catholic schools for the last 12 years. We knew through experience how creative and enterprising the families and staff at these schools are. They have taken things to a new level in 2021 despite the challenges the lockdowns threw at them. We’re amazed and encouraged at this show of support for Catholic education.”
The 2021 raffle officially concluded on March 11 with a prize-drawing ceremony broadcast live on the Catholic United Financial website. The prizes, valued at over $40,000, included a new 2021 Ford Ecosport SUV, vacations, a $5,000 home improvement package, gift cards, 65-inch smart TVs, and more.
The funds raised by participating schools enhance school programs and facilities. The money helps pay for field trips, builds playgrounds, supplements tuition costs, and provides new technology for education.
Video, photos, and a list of prize winners are available at: www.catholicunitedfinancial.org/raffle