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St. Henry’s kicks off major fundraising effort

Your chance at $50,000 in prizes will be only $5 away beginning this Friday, Jan. 17, when students of St. Henry’s School in Perham join 84 other Catholic schools to kick off ticket sales for what everyone hopes will be the first million-dollar Catholic Schools raffle, and the biggest one yet.

St. Henry’s students will sell tickets for a three-state raffle, offering prizes including a 2014 Honda CR-V or $25,000 cash, $5,000 vacation packages, technology gear and more, hoping to raise $10,000 to support its programs and students.

Last year, 82 participating schools raised a combined total of more than $960,000. In the four years it has existed, the annual raffle has helped Catholic schools raise more than $2.2 million.

St. Henry’s keeps 100 percent of the money it brings in, because St. Paul-based Catholic United Financial covers the entire cost of the prizes and materials.

More than 300,000 tickets have been printed and shipped, along with tens of thousands of bulletins, flyers, posters and banners to help St. Henry’s increase sales.

“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 said. “But with the raffle, every $5 buys you a chance to win a car, a vacation, or some other really great stuff. We are really just trying to encourage donations.”

Along with the revenue it receives, St. Henry’s is also in the running to win a $3,500 grant from Catholic United if it is one of the top-three performing schools (based on tickets sold per student). The top-selling student at each of the 85 schools will also win a high-definition Kindle Fire and the top classroom, a pizza party.

The 85 participating schools in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota will sell tickets from Friday’s kickoff through March 2, prior to the official drawing at 11. a.m., March 13.

Schools and hopeful ticketholders can watch the drawing ceremony live online at

Raffle updates may be followed on Twitter @raffle4schools and on the Catholic Schools Raffle Facebook page.