Catholic schools raffle starts Friday

ST. PAUL — Get those checkbooks ready because ticket sales for the 2013 Catholic Schools Raffle that has already raised $1 million dollars for Catholic schools begin Friday.
Ticket sales for the Catholic United Financial event, which provides Catholic schools the chance to raise money and keep 100 percent of the revenue, runs through March 1. Students and families from participating schools in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota will sell raffle tickets for $5 each. The schools will use the proceeds for everything from school supplies to computers to field trips. This year’s raffle includes 83 schools and more than 17,000 participating students.
The tickets give buyers a chance at more than $55,000 in raffle prizes, all provided at no cost to the schools by Catholic United Financial. Included are a 2013 Ford Escape SUV or $25,000, 2014 Super Bowl tickets, a Caribbean cruise vacation, Minnesota Twins suite tickets donated by Hubbard Radio, iPads, digital cameras, Kindle Fire tablets, gift cards and more. (See official rules at www.catholicunited.org/links/raffle.)
The March 14 prize drawing will be broadcast live on Catholic United’s Web site beginning at 11 a.m.
Catholic United announced a $750,000 goal for 2013, and schools have responded enthusiastically to the challenge. Since Catholic United pays all expenses, schools get to keep every cent of each $5 ticket sold. The raffle has raised more than $1 million for Catholic schools since 2009.
Updates on the Raffle can be found at www.catholicunited.org and at www.facebook.com/catholicschoolsraffle.
For more information about Catholic United Financial or its Foundation or Credit Union, call 800-568-6670 or visit www.catholicunited.org.

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