Education Briefs for March 20

Holy Redeemer School raises $20,680 in six weeks

2019 brought another successful Catholic Schools Raffle at Holy Redeemer School. Teachers, staff and the surrounding community of Marshall united with students and their families to raise an outstanding total of $20,680 for the school.

Since Jan. 11, students of Holy Redeemer have been selling $5 raffle tickets as part of the Catholic Schools Raffle, a fundraising program provided free of charge by sponsor Catholic United Financial since 2009. Holy Redeemer is one of 89 schools in Minnesota and the Dakotas that were involved in 2019. Before that January start date, school leadership set an ambitious fundraising goal. Catholic United Financial provided all promotional materials, raffle tickets and prizes for the program at no cost. As the tickets were sold and money came in, families and staff counted their total. They were excited to know that they keep every dollar raised during the six-week ticket selling period, which ended Feb. 24.

“Catholic United Financial has had a strong commitment to education ever since our founding 141 years ago. This year, our Catholic Schools Raffle again is one of the largest fundraisers for Catholic education in the Upper Midwest,” said Harald Borrmann, president of Catholic United Financial. “Since we started this Raffle in 2009, well over $8 million has been raised for participating schools. We are incredibly proud that 100 percent of the total has gone directly to the students, parents, faculty and administrators who have helped make this program such an unqualified success.”

On March 5 the Raffle officially concluded with a prize drawing ceremony broadcasted live on the Catholic United Financial website. The prizes, valued at over $40,000, included a new 2019 Chevy Trax SUV, vacation and travel packages, iPads, smart TVs and more. Catholic United also rewarded the hard work of the top student classroom at Holy Redeemer with a pizza party and the top selling student won a new Amazon Echo Dot — Kid’s Version.

Holy Redeemer School announced that the 2nd biggest prize available, valued at $5,000, and two $100 prizes were won by tickets sold by its students!

Funds raised by participating schools, like Holy Redeemer School are used to enhance school programs and facilities, including funding field trips, building playgrounds, supplementing tuition costs and providing new education technology.