BEMIDJI — St. Philip’s Catholic School is participating in the Catholic Schools Raffle, giving people the chance to turn $5 into a new car or $20,000 in cash while supporting their local Catholic school.
In January, students from St. Philip’s joined students from 85 other schools in Minnesota and South Dakota to sell the $5 tickets, according to a statement.
Each ticket purchased gives ticket buyers the chance to win a 2022 Ford Escape (or $20,000 in cash) or other prizes with a total value of $40,000.
Every penny of every ticket sold stays with the local school thanks to the Raffle’s sole sponsor, Catholic United Financial, the statement said.
Now in its 13th year, the Catholic Schools Raffle has raised more than $11 million for Catholic schools in Minnesota and South Dakota. This year, Catholic United is challenging the 86 participating schools to collectively raise $1.5 million during the six-week sale period.
To help achieve this goal, St. Philip’s Catholic School hopes to sell enough tickets to raise $25,000. The money raised allows schools to provide tuition assistance, update technology systems or cover the cost of special learning opportunities such as guest speakers and field trips, the statement said.
Ticket sales will continue until February 27. Tickets are only available at participating schools. The Grand Prize draw ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 10 at the Catholic United Financial Home Office in St. Paul.