St. Stephen’s Catholic School kicks off sales for Catholic Schools Raffle

How can you turn $5 into a brand-new SUV or $20,000 in cash? The students at St. Stephen’s Catholic School in Anoka know! Starting Jan. 15, they will be selling raffle tickets as part of the Catholic Schools Raffle. Just one $5 bill gives buyers the opportunity to win $40,000 in prizes, including a 2016 Jeep Compass or $20,000 cash, vacation packages, cool gadgets and more.

St. Stephen’s Catholic School and the other 89 participating schools will keep 100 percent of every $5 ticket sold thanks to raffle sponsor Catholic United Financial. The St. Paul-based company covers the entire cost of the prizes and promotional materials.

“If you want to support your Catholic school, this is the same as marching into the office and writing a check,” Catholic United President Harald Borrmann says. “But with the raffle, every $5 buys you a chance to win a car, a vacation, or some other really great prizes.”

More than 15,500 students from 90 participating schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota will sell tickets from Friday’s kickoff through February 28, prior to the official drawing at 11. a.m., on March 10 at Catholic United Financial’s Home Office in St. Paul, MN. (Hopeful ticket holders can watch the drawing ceremony live online at wwwcatholicunited.org/raffle.) Last year, participating schools raised a combined total of more than $1 million in just six weeks, an amount Catholic United Financial would like to repeat in 2016.

In the Raffle’s six-year existence, it has helped Catholic schools in the Upper Midwest raise more than $4 million. The money raised has allowed these schools to provide tuition assistance, improve technology and pay for special learning opportunities, such as field trips and special guest speakers.

Along with the $20,000 in ticket sale revenue it hopes to receive from the Raffle, St. Stephen’s Catholic School has a shot at winning a $3,000 grant from Catholic United if it is one of the top-three performing schools (based on the number of tickets sold per student). The company also awards the top-selling student at each school a Kindle Fire HD and a pizza party to each top classroom.

Raffle updates can be followed on twitter @raffle4schools and on Facebook at 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 84,000 members in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa. Catholic United offers life insurance, annuities, and retirement savings products to its members while providing fraternal benefits for Catholic parishes, schools and religious education.